John Ostrander: Broadchurch Secrets

John Ostrander

John Ostrander started his career as a professional writer as a playwright. His best known effort, Bloody Bess, was directed by Stuart Gordon, and starred Dennis Franz, Joe Mantegna, William J. Norris, Meshach Taylor and Joe Mantegna. He has written some of the most important influential comic books of the past 25 years, including Batman, The Spectre, Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Suicide Squad, Wasteland, X-Men, and The Punisher, as well as Star Wars comics for Dark Horse. New episodes of his creator-owned series, GrimJack, which was first published by First Comics in the 1980s, appear every week on ComicMix.

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4 Responses

  1. I see Douglass beat me to it. the amazing amount of crossover only serves to entrench the belief that there are only 57 actors in all of Britain.

    Broadchurch has already been renewed for a second season. I’ve no desire to spoil the ending for you (I went a binged on the series through…means), I’ll just say that the comparison to Twin Peaks is at once correct and incorrect. The killing is not based in the supernatural at all, but like Twin Peaks, I don’t know if another heinous crime in the small town will spark the same level of shock in the townspeople, or interest in the viewer.

    As much as they stick to the “one and done” model in England, there’s still the desire to head back to the well if something was successful. And I don’t know how often it succeeds. I’d love to see Chibnall take a stand and say “We wrote this as a single story, there’s no second one here.” Maybe try a different series with the same cast, something not as often done.

    But who am I kidding.

  2. Mindy Newell says:

    All I can say is:


  1. August 28, 2013

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  2. October 27, 2013

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