BBC 3 The Crash Ep 2 review: This emotionally draining final feels very realistic indeed
Despite The Crash not being heavily promoted by BBC it appears that quite a few people ended up watching it. Judging from the comments under last week’s review it seems that most of you loved it and were quite emotional by the final scenes. I do worry for those who were overcome with emotion after last week’s instalment as this week’s conclusion is truly heartbreaking.
As we enter this week’s episode we know that the crash has already claimed two victims in Ashley and Brian while several of the other teens’ lives hang in the balance. The opening scene here is between Kate and Rachel as the former urges the latter to get out of bed. However anybody who has ever watched a drama before knows that this scene isn’t based in reality and we soon learn the shocking truth. As Rachel’s parents rush to be at her side they discover that the hospital has induced a coma due to her large amount of injuries. Meanwhile Kate’s parents are in for a shock when they find out that their daughter has already died. Kate’s spirit lives on though as she attempts to get Rachel to wake up from her coma. As Kate’s parents return home they vow never to return to their house as it contains far too many memories of their late daughter. However when a group of her friends turn up to reminisce about Kate, the Harpers realise that memories aren’t always a bad thing. Tom can’t move on so easily and can’t help feeling guilt at crashing the car that killed both his fiancée and his brother. While the Harpers can admit the crash was an accident, Tom’s mother isn’t so forgiving and hates Tom for killing Brian. To appease his mother Tom doesn’t attend the joint funeral and so is branded a coward by Leah. Thankfully Rachel finally wakes up however it appears as if she is struggling to remember her life before the crash.
The drama then flashes forward nine months into the future where Ethan and Tom are standing trial for death by dangerous driving. Though Leah has stuck by Ethan, Tom’s decision to completely ignore his friends has labelled him an outcast. Rachel meanwhile is a different person and has changed so much that even her family don’t recognise her. Though the two boys are found not guilty it doesn’t stop Tom feeling any different. It is Tom’s mother who provides the biggest shock when she reveals that she’s lost one son and can’t help hating the other one. Eventually Rachel convinces Tom to join herself, Ethan and Leah at the crash site. Obviously recriminations fly around as Tom’s friends criticise him for not being around over the past year. However his explanation is simply that he hasn’t been able to forgive himself and hasn’t even dreamed about Kate since the accident. Rachel then tells Tom to pick himself up and try to think of the good times he and Kate shared before she died. The final scene, which I found rather cheesy, saw friends of the three dead characters turn up to the crash site to set off a number of red balloons. Despite it feeling clichéd I can’t say that I didn’t feel a little bit emotional.
In fact I felt fairly emotional throughout this episode of The Crash which was one of the most draining hours of TV drama in a long while. What I really liked about this second instalment was it didn’t go down the soap opera route of showing us the police interviews or court case. Instead The Crash focused on the raw emotions felt by the family and friends of those who had passed away. Though Tom is shunned by his friends they blame him more for not attending the funerals than for causing the original crash. Ethan meanwhile is supported by Leah who admires the fact that he tried to make an impression on Rachel even though she doesn’t remember who he is. My main criticism of last week’s episode of The Crash was that some of the dialogue spoken by the youngsters didn’t feel real. However, while some of the dialogue still feels basic; overall there is a more believable tone to the script as a whole. For example the scene in which Kate’s friends come to her house to talk about their memories of her felt incredibly realistic. Scenes like this one prove to me that this drama has been incredibly well-researched and that the team behind have spoken to the families of car crash victims. The other story I felt was incredibly powerful was that of the mother who lost one son and hated the other one for the accident.
I also think it was a masterstroke setting The Crash around Christmas as it added an extra sense of grief to the piece. Sad pieces of tinsel and unlit Christmas lights have an eerie feel to them when there’s not much in life to celebrate. In terms of the performances I felt all of the cast were great namely Victoria Liddelle as the torn mother and Lewis Rainer as the grief-stricken Tom. Praise must also go to whoever selected the music as all the major tracks feel well-placed throughout the drama including The XX’s ‘Angels’ to represent Tom and Kate’s relationship. The only real negative comment I can give is that I feel the character of Ethan was slightly underwritten especially considering he was one of the two drivers. When he realised that Rachel couldn’t remember their relationship it didn’t really mean that much to me as not much of the drama had been devoted to it.
I wasn’t surprised when I heard that The Crash would be edited down to show to school kids because in my minds it is a relevant precautionary tale. This second half was incredibly emotional and one of the bleakest hours of TV drama I’ve watched in a long while. The young cast all played their parts well while there was a believability in the different ways they remembered their fallen friends. Overall I enjoyed both parts of The Crash and feel its legacy may well be as a video shown in schools rather than a two-part BBC3 drama.
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