Gracepoint Season 1 Episode 9 Review

Warning: If you haven’t seen Broadchurch, this review may spoil details from the UK version of the show. I will be referencing plot points when discussing the mystery and characters of Gracepoint throughout the series and so, if you don’t want things to be ruined, go no further.

Gracepoint (Fox) Episode 9 (6)

“How could you not know what was going on in your own house?” That’s the question Ellie Miller asks Susan Wright at this point in both Gracepoint and Broadchurch, and the weight of its meaning will only be revealed in next week’s finale. Broadchurch viewers know how important that line of dialogue was in solving the case first time around, but has it just been included here as a side note, or as a way of messing with us?

Susan and Vince’s story is almost definitely the grimmest thing the show has served us so far, which is saying something when the entire reason for the show existing is the murder of a child, but, again, I wonder whether it’s just a random lead invented to throw us off the scent or something more significant.

Top suspects? Well, there’s always Paul, whose creepiness was laid on pretty thick this week, or the theory that’s currently gaining traction online is that Tom was the culprit. While this would be a relatively clever way of keeping many of the themes of the original show intact while switching the killer, wouldn’t it also be a lazy way out of remaking it properly?

Which is a thought that has plagued me throughout the entire experience of watching Gracepoint as, aside from the episodes that actively deviated from the exact, pre-written storylines and scenes featuring in the UK incarnation, there really hasn’t been anything to justify its existence. That’s all the more frustrating when you realise that those two new instalments were actually very good hours of television.

There’s nothing different or compelling about it as far as I can see, and to make the killer someone just one place removed from the original would make it all feel so pointless.

With the promo for next week’s finale featuring an exact replicate of that great Carver-walks-in-slow-motion-towards-the-killer shot, I’m not holding out much hope for some last-minute innovation, but I guess we can dream. It’s not over yet – there’s still Vince’s tattoo and Paul’s misguided crush, but I think this case is as good as cracked already.

What did you think of the episode? Do you have any off-the-wall prime suspects? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.