First, one of the reasons I fell in love with Broadchurch was because of the lack of manufactured sexual tension between MIller and Hardy. It was the main reason I had gone off police procedurals in the first place.
Miller and Hardy are a boon to non-shippers everywhere - I was able to concentrate on the story, without being derailed by longing gazes and will-they-or-wont-they tropes…until season two. Chibnall had quite a laugh, but I didn’t lose hope. And I wasn’t disappointed.
I’m glad they have reached a place of tentative peace in their own lives. They are obviously friends, although Hardy remains prickly to the end. Perhaps something will develop down the line. Perhaps no.
And I like it that way.
On to the bigger point:
Fan fiction writers, REJOICE!
You can write whatever your merry heart desires - it can be canon to you. Wanna write Miller and Hardy being together 4EVA? Do it. Miller and Hardy being buddies in crime solving into perpetuity? DO EET.
It’s all good.
My only quibble is that there is no exposition about Hardy’s past. What happened to his father, and his sister? Why is he so afraid of water?
More importantly, why did Chibnall drop all those subtle hints about these things, and give us no closure? Considering how specific they were in the writing and cinematography, I find it hard to believe it was a pointless plot bunny, a dead end.
How to you introduce a large number of side characters without seeming repetitive and boring?
You can cycle through first person perspectives, or you can continuously introduce the reader to new names like Charles Dickens did only to have them cut out of film adaptations because no one can keep track of all those names.
I’m being facetious of course. If each of these characters truly has something significant to do in the storyline then introduce them gradually. In some stories, like where the quirky group bands together or mystery novels with multiple suspects, writers tend to name and describe everyone all at once. It’s as boring as going around the room on the first day of school and having everyone introduce themselves; an obligatory hurdle and rather unenjoyable to read. However, the one time it was done best was on the show Broadchurch*.
In the first episode, the father of the soon-to-be-discovered murder victim walks down the bustling main street of their small town on his way to work. People greet him good morning as they too prepare for the new day. Along the way he trades inside jokes, apologizes for bumping into a stranger, and meets up with his coworker. As the mystery unfolds, every single one of the people in this opening scene becomes implicated in the crime including the father himself. This scene was unexpected and brilliant because it did not read as the “introduction” scene. It just felt like a normal, friendly day in a small, happy town called Broadchurch- the final character to be introduced.
Best thing to practice is remembering how you’ve met the many characters in your own life. How were you introduced to all the people in your class or your job? How did you meet your neighbors or significant other? Your life has many side characters, but not all of them have played a significant part. So when introducing anyone besides the main character(s) ask yourself how necessary this character is to the main storyline, and whether or not they should be introduced later.
*Broadchurch streams on Netflix and, writers, if you haven’t seen it yet do it NOW. The first season delivers some grade-A storytelling and fine character development to boot.
Firstly, I don’t know if I got all the wrap up I wanted, there’s still quite a few questions (non concerning Trish’s case) that weren’t answered. However, I like how a lot has been left open to interpretation. Gives me faith that maybe it might not absolutely be the end forever…and even if it is, well then I can make up my own mind.
I just thought it was the sweetest thing that Hardy gruffly turns down Ellie’s offer of going to the pub, but is fully prepared to just sit on a bench with her, out of work hours. Pub is what other work colleagues do, to be sociable and get to know their work mates better in an acceptable environment. I love how they have their own little bench, their own space and environment and they don’t need a catalyst climate for convergence. They have an atypical relationship and a connection based on absolute trust and honesty. Saying all that, you just know that Ellie is by hook or by crook going to get him down the pub at some point!
As with the rest of the season, Trish’s case was dealt with sensitively as we finally found out what happened. The reveal was horrific as Twine Boy turned out to be more that just a “swaggery little shit.” Although, house points to Miller who’s instincts about him were bob on from the start, right through to the eye roll inducing sob story last episode. Not only was his view and treatment of women sickening, but the discovery that he had groomed another young man to treat women like objects and possessions rang all too true. I think having the perpetrators be so young was a powerful decision. As a teacher I am unfortunately aware at how young some boys nowadays can be that are accessing pornographic imagery. Even if most parents keep a close eye on their children’s access to such content, all it takes is one child. Then they can show their phone to others on the way home, pass around content on memory sticks etc. Not enough education is done in schools. This isn’t the fault of the schools or teachers, but of the government who do not prioritise this as part of the curriculum. It’s all very well teaching a child how to use a relative clause, but ignoring the fact that they treat women like shit and will grow up doing this in their professional or personal life. Broadchurch has stood out in representing this issue. It’s taken the lead, now others must follow.
My heart cries for the Latimers. I do however feel that all their storyline should have been in last week’s episode where it wouldn’t have been rushed. The scenes between Mark and Beth were lovely, but all through them I was thinking about how it needed to go back to Alec and Ellie, as they were on the verge of solving the crime.
Right so I refuse to believe Broadchurch is over (I’m in the strong denial stage), but I think this episode has plenty of scope from spin-offs
1) Holy Water - Mark and Paul the vicar are both leaving Broadchurch. They team up together in a plumbing/prayer business by day and solve crime at night!
2) Hardy and Miller - This has to be done! I’m happy just watching them sit on a bench in silence for an hour. Trish’s case seems to be the only one they were working on for a few weeks. That suggests that the crime rate in Broadchurch is rather low. So, what exactly are they going to be doing? I want a series just focused on them solving the most minor of crimes with the same passion and tenacity that they do with a murder or assault.
Hardy - *slams fist on desk* “Don’t play coy, Jones! We know you stole that KitKat. You were in the area at the time, forensics have your DNA all over the chocolate shelf, CCTV shows you leaving the premises in question, we’ve got eye witnesses and background statements from your employers from the last five years that will state in court that you’ve shaken vending machines to try and get some free chocolate. Silver foil traces were found in the glove compartment of your car. We know you did it!
Miller - *stares witheringly at suspect until they confess and then pulls a KitKat from her bag*
3) Daisey and Chloe - They can just have a show where they go around and slap all the swaggery shits in town upside their head.
Well, whether this was the last episode ever or if it reappears in years to come in some form, it’s been one hell of a great ride. Olivia Colman and David Tennant are extraordinary talents and as great as the writing was, they really kicked this show up a gear. They had you caring and interested from that very first meeting on the beach. Hardy and Miller have become an iconic tv duo and that’s no easy feat.
I’ve loved each season in it’s own way. Season one was an excellent ‘who dunnit’ that showed the cracks behind a perfect facade. I personally adored season two as well. It was like watching a smashed vase trying to be out back together. Everything and everyone was broken and it created this beautiful disjointedness and questioned everything.Season three tried to break down barriers and really hold a mirror up to our world and say ‘Do we really think this is acceptable?’ I suppose it’s a good thing that the show is going out on top and leaving the audience wanting more. But, I just feel that another season would have been worth the risk.
PG13 Words: 1894 Disclaimer:
Not mine. Obviously. Or series 3 would have ended better. Summary:
Ellie always needs to drive him somewhere. Other: Some
of you asked me to write a longer fic since my little askbox ficlets apparently
were a success. So I did. It only took me forever as RL lif sucks at the moment
but here it is. A short fic – of course shipping Miller/Hardy. Thank you to
basmath for beta reading it and fixing my tempus mess. You are brilliant! :*
And also Thank you to the others who offered to proofread. :)