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Blu-ray Review - Grantchester: Season 2


"Grantchester: Season 2" is put into a difficult creative position from the very first episode. The previous year of crime-busting with Reverend Sydney (James Norton) and Detective Inspector Geordie (Robson Green) offered a more traditional take on small town sleuthing, playing up the dichotomy of religion and reality, following a priest working to share faith with his flock while witnessing horrors created by human impulse and frailty. "Season 2" doesn't particularly want to continue with the same old mix of criminal activity and sermonizing, turning to heightened dramatics to push through lukewarm material, giving the show an unpleasant soap opera vibe, only teasing grittiness and bitter characterizations. The humanity of "Season 1" has been dialed down for the follow-up year, making "Grantchester" a frustrating watch, providing only flashes of compelling chemistry between the leads, while the cases are set aside for a larger narrative arc. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com


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