By Jonah Corren

The second series started off very promisingly but has received extremely mixed reviews during its eight-episode stretch.

It began with a clear indication as to where the plot was going when Joe Miller pleaded not guilty. Having heard about the Sandbrook case in series one, it was an obvious move to give that a more central role as well. This second narrative proved to outdo the first in almost all respects, presenting a far more open, interesting and complex case than the question of whether Joe Miller would be convicted. The answer made many viewers doubt the show’s credibility, especially as the court scenes leading up to the verdict were frequently laughable.

Sandbrook on the other hand had a satisfying conclusion, even if the flashback was a little more disturbing than it needed to be. All things considered, Chris Chibnall really had his work cut out when he sat down to write series two. For many viewers, though, series two was a mix of the good, the bad, and the laugh-out-loud ridiculous. Series three could be considerably worse, but that doesn’t mean people won’t still watch it to find out what might be Chibnall’s next plan. If he’s got one.