Until tonight's ending - which I've got to say, was better than the ending of Broadchurch. Joe Miller as the killer was a stretch in Broadchurch, a wild enough twist, except that it was mostly unmotivated. The same would have been true in Gracepoint, where we saw even less of Joe through the story than we did of Joe in Broadchurch - so Gracepoint went ahead and pulled out another rabbit from the narrative hat, and one which makes more sense.
Tom, furious at what he saw going on between his father and Danny, swings at his father with a hockey stick and hits Danny. And then, to protect his son - and feeling guilty because it was his, Joe's, lust for Danny that put of all this in motion - Joe takes the rap for Danny when he can't keep this all to himself any longer. That makes more sense.
And it also opens the story up to what happens after, as Carver, the brilliant detective, begins to realize what actually happened, and moves to confront Ellie about it. And that's where Gracepoint ends - at least, for now. A good place to end, I think, with Carver's brooding face on the screen.
So, I would say that Gracepoint was worth watching, if only for this new, more satisfying and realistic ending, which was effective indeed. Broadchurch is returning with a second season, which I'll definitely watch. Hey, I'd be up for a second season of Gracepoint at this point, too.
See also Gracepoint Debuts: Deja Vu with a Vengeance
and see also Broadchurch: Powerful Viewing ... Broadchurch 1.2: Brooding Excellence ... Broadchurch 1.3: The Spy ... Broadchurch 1.4: The Unusual Suspects ... Broadchurch 1.5: Good Loving and Almost Loving ... Broadchurch 1.6: "A Break from Being Sad" ... Broadchurch 1.7: Missing Links ... Broadchurch Season 1 Finale: "Lying Next to the Murderer"
A different kind of police fiction