REVIEW: The Bay (S1 E6/6)

I’m always fascinated how series end themselves.

Some go for the big twist and reveal, some answer a few questions but then set themselves up for a second series, and some just end with a bit of a whimper.

Thankfully, The Bay, even though it’s been a hit-and-miss series, ended well, with everything you want from a crime drama: we got a reveal, we got another line of enquiry and we got a twist, too.

At the end of episode five, Lisa’s illicit, alleyway knee-trembler with suspect Sean came back to bite her, as you knew it would. But Lisa, as we now know, is nothing if not impulsive, and she becomes The Lone Wolf, digging into the investigation herself. But only after the storyline of her daughter, Abbie, is wrapped up.

Abbie, part of the Code Red Teens In Trouble storyline, has been coerced into delivering drugs for grubby builder-cum-dealer Vincent. While in custody, Sean gives up the name of the man he uses his boats to smuggle drugs for…  Vincent. So the cops are on his trail, but, more importantly, so is Lisa, after she rescues Abbie from a situation. Then the teen spills the beans, and Lisa springs into action, following Vincent into his lair, seeing him look lovingly at his stash of gear and phoning the cops.

The Abbie/Vincent storyline over. Thank God.

But that still doesn’t answer the key whodunit question: who killed Dylan if it wasn’t Vicenzo?

Holly was now safely in protective care, but she wasn’t playing ball. She was being evasive, sneaking out of the hospital and telephoning a mystery man – the man who got her pregnant.

Yes, her hospital tests revealed that she was pregnant. Up and until that moment we only saw this guy’s trainers as he stood outside the hospital waiting for her. And up until that moment, I still thought it might be Vincent. But with Vincent now behind bars, thing opened up…

And this was the big twist: as Abbie let her feelings known to her mother about Sam, and how he leant her money, Lisa decided to pay her a visit. I thought Sam’s dad – the shifty councillor – might be the man involved, but it was, in fact, his son. It was he who was in love with Holly, it was he who got her pregnant, and it was he who pushed Dylan over on that fateful night when Holly’s brother objected strongly to them moving away and starting a new life together.

It was a good twist, and an emotional one, if only to keep the Code Red Teens In Trouble trope going. Why do I keep harping on about the Teens In Trouble element? Because we’ve seen it so many times before, most notably in Broadchurch, a series that The Bay has been compared to, and it feels such a cliched, well-worn idea.

Yes, teens do stupid things in real life because they think they’re adults and think they can cope with the emotional, financial and ethical consequences of rash decisions. But in crime drama? We need something more. In the end, in fact, Rob’s Teens In Trouble storyline was a complete waste of time and served no real purpose. At least Abbie’s storyline served the overall whodunit element.

But really, The Bay was a pale imitation of Broadchurch. It often felt like I was watching a repeat, but a much less entertaining and adrenaline-filled version. Morven Christie I like very much, and Chantel Cresswell was superb in this. In fact, it could be argued that she was underused, or at least her character underwritten.

And when you talk about characters, I felt that The Bay was just full of characters you just couldn’t believe in – they just did too many stupid things. Lisa herself? We left her contemplating what to do with the rest of her life, but I was sitting there thinking how much better this series could have been if they didn’t introduce the ridiculous ‘sleeping with the suspect’ storyline. Because I struggled to get over that hurdle throughout the series.

Paul Hirons










4 Comments Add yours

  1. TIM SAVILLE says:

    Lisa got a confession from Sam (a) without one of his parents being present, and (b) when she was suspended. I can imagine what a defence lawyer could do with this.


  2. bengalilady says:

    Thank goodness for the killing times reviews. It stops me from wasting my time on dramas like The Bay, Trust Me etc. After watching the first episode of this series I was left with a feeling that it was all unrealistic. I thought the defence lawyers would have ripped a case in shreds if they found evidence of conflict of interest from someone on the case. In real life recently a case was thrown out of court as a jury member was girlfriend to the son of an investigating officer. I really didn’t understand how Lisa’s character could get away with hiding it and that it would do damage once that info was out. It was the main thing putting me off from watching the series. The second being the teenagers in peril. I barely survived Trapped season 2 with the rebellious daughter. British writers need to be more creative, less predictable, maybe even out of the box to keep the viewers entertained. They can’t just rely on really good actors to carry the show.


  3. heyteach99 says:

    No Broadchurch, this. The series began with the mindboggling premise that a DS would risk her professional career keeping silent about a one night stand rather than tell her boss and be taken off a case and then end with the same, now disgraced and suspended DS, hearing the confession of the underage boy who accidentally killed the twin, a defense solicitor’s dream come true. And yet, I’m willing to bet The Bay Series 2 returns with an older and wiser Lisa, her professional lapse duly noted in her record. I always enjoy Morven Christie. It would be great seeing her in a plot that was up to her acting skills.


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      100% agree with you


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