Gracepoint – Episode 4

Wipe that smirk off your face; we're not even to the halfway point in this terrible season (Photo: Ed Araquel/FOX)

The interminable series, Gracepoint, refuses to end or even suggest that the end will ever come. 

Episode 4 is probably the worst episode of Gracepoint so far, and that’s an impressive feat1. I honestly thought that this was the sixth episode and was excited that I had passed the halfway mark of this series. Here’s David Tennant reenacting what I screamed at my TV when I read “Episode 4” on the DVR listing.

What worked

The ending.

No, the ending of this episode was not good.  The fact that this episode ended was what was good.

What didn’t work

Please see all previous posts about this show for a more detailed list, because this show has not solved one production problem since its run began.

Instead, things are getting worse. Tennant’s performance is going downhill. It’s almost like you hear “Working for the Weekend” playing in his head while he films many scenes. Anna Gunn’s performance is going downhill too2.  The dialogue for every character is reaching unrealistic levels of absurdity.

Glaciers move at a faster pace than Gracepoint‘s plots, both each episode’s plot and the show’s overall plot.

The show is trying to manufacture tension with music and faux danger that the audience 100% knows is harmless, like when Miller’s son visits a “person of interest” connected to Danny’s murder. Of course that kid is going to be okay! This show never does anything so it certainly isn’t going to start adding action now.

Final thoughts

This show is like Old Yeller, if the family had tied Old Yeller to a tree in the backyard, insisted that the now-rabid dog was still their beloved pooch, and tried to interact normally with the dog. Gracepoint should have been treated like Old Yeller: it should’ve been taken out back and put out of its misery long ago.

  1. “impressive” here meaning “oh god, it won’t end; why won’t it end?!”  
  2. thanks, terrible dialogue!  

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Becca has been writing about film and television since convincing her junior high English teacher that comparing and contrasting the film and stage versions of Romero and Juliet was a good idea for a term research paper. After getting her BA in English and film studies, she doubled down on liberal arts and got an MA in television, radio, and film from Syracuse University. Becca is incredibly proud to be an Aggie and entertains her non-Texan friends with Southern colloquialisms. Her hobbies include watching Golden Girls and her interests include all things zombies - she's simple, not basic. Email: becca@whatelseison.tv