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Gracepoint - Pilot - Review: "Here We Go"

A young boy, Danny Solano, is murdered in a small town where everyone is a friend, and also a suspect.

Review and Recap of the Premiere.

From next weeks review , I will be introducing an episode suspect (who I think looks the most guilty that episode)

Dark and chilling from the onset , Gracepoint does a good job within the first 10 seconds , with it's perfect camera shot's of different locations which gave off a feeling that this town was abandoned. We quickly see a chilling image of Danny on a cliff side with blood dripping down his fingers... and so the mystery begins.

We meet the Solano family (Danny's family) straight after , it is a typical school day and work day for them. A mother's instinct kicks in straight away when Beth wonders why Danny has forgotten his lunch and had a troubling look on her face like she already knew something bad has happened to him. We see Mark Solano take a walk towards his work , greeting everybody on his way there which just shows us how many potential suspects there could be as don't forget everybody is a suspect in this small town.

The show really starts at the point when the body is on the beach this is when we see our two main characters Emmet Carver and Ellie Miller begin a partnership that they will need if they are going to solve this mystery.

A really good scene just before that was when Beth was looking for Danny in her car and she gets out to see what the hold up was heading towards Gracepoint beach. A Woman told her "they have a found a body" Somehow she already knew it was Danny her gut was telling her it was him. She wasn't wrong because , it was.
At the beach you see two people following Beth's every movement Jack Reinhold and Susan Wright they both look like they are hiding something , but they could just be two nosy people if they are hiding something I am sure we will find out what soon enough. Susan Wright in particular looks very suspicious , she is lurking every where watching everything that happens related to the case. Why is she so interested?
The Solano family is distraught , they don't know what to do. You really feel for the family , as it's one thing for an adult to die , but a child just makes it harder to bare.
They are trying to cope , but it is hard when Owen Burke (the Journalist) releases the information about the identity of the victim. He is instantly dislikeable as that is a heartless thing to do , especially after Ellie didn't confirm anything and said "we will release a statement at the appropriate time". Doing what he did just makes me want to punch him. We can probably rule him out of the potential suspects , though since only an idiot would tweet about someone they had killed. We find out also that the police did confirm that it was a suspected homicide not a suicide since the rocks around Danny's body had been placed there and there are no evidence to presume he jumped off the cliff. I wonder if in the opening scene with Danny dripping blood from his hands if he was trying to get away from his killer and then thought about jumping off. Perhaps the killer persuaded him not to jump only to then kill him and move his body to the beach. How did nobody see this happen though , as it is in a prime location in the town and surely someone would be walking past even if it is late.

At the end of the episode we see our first suspect it is Tom Miller , who is drastically cleaning his hardrive out and deleting all phone calls and text messages from Danny.
He is hiding something , he and Danny clearly had a huge disagreement if he is deleting everything from him. I wonder what he is hiding and why he doesn't want people to find out Danny called him. Maybe Danny called Tom the night he was killed or maybe Tom saw something related to Danny being killed. I am sure we will find out as soon. I don't think Tom is capable of murder , but he is still a suspect in my eyes until the truth about what he was doing is revealed.
We also find out amongst Danny's possessions there should have been a cell phone , but there isn't. This means that the killer took the cell phone with him/her as Danny always had it with him we learn. Could the killer of texted Tom using Danny's phone? , which is why he deletes all the messages? It is doubtful, but nothing is not probable.

The pilot was very good , it was a good introduction into the series. The pilot did everything right , it introduced us to most of the characters , the dialogue was nicely written , the actors had solid performances , also some of the visuals were stunning. The first episode set us up for the rest of the season , and I can not wait to find out the truth behind this mystery. A great start!

What did you think of the pilot? Is it better or worse than Broadchurch? Will you be continuing to watch? Who do you think killed Danny? What do you think Tom is hiding?

For Episode 2 Review Click Here

Here is the promo while you wait for the episode

As always , thank you for reading! Let me know in the comments what you thought of the episode!
About the Author - Robert Fruin
Robert is a sixth form student from the United Kingdom, who is currently studying IT, Media and Business Studies. Robert is a huge fan of the ended ABC series LOST, he has seen it many times over and has even visited some of the filming locations for it. Robert mainly watches drama series such as Game Of Thrones and Person of Interest, but has a soft spot for the comedy The Middle. Some other shows he watches are The Walking Dead, Arrow and The 100. Some other interests include cycling, photography and kayaking. Robert will be reviewing Z Nation,The Librarians, Sons Of Anarchy, Intruders, The Fosters and Aquarius. Feel free to connect with him on any of these social media sites.
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