27th Jan2017

‘Fortitude 2×03’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Sofie Gråbøl, Richer Dormer, Dennis Quaid, Michelle Fairley, Robert Sheehan, Edvin Endre, Parminder Nagra | Created by Simon Donald


We’re now three episodes in to Fortitude‘s second series and there is one thing we can be sure of: any semblance of normality has now been lost… With characters that were seemingly at death’s door now waking up, and people being decapitated, it seems that answers to what is going on may be being revealed.

The problem with this is though, there may be clues but no definite answer. A hint does seem to be in the tests Dr Sarinda Khatri (Paraminder Nagra) is doing on a comatose patient that don’t seem to be ethical. Especially when her prognosis of the patient being beyond waking up doesn’t seem to be the truth. Hildur Odegard (Sofie Gråbøl) now seemingly ousted from her job as governor also takes a trip to a nearby city with Michael Lennox (Dennis Quaid), which just adds to the mystery of what is taking place in Fortitude.

This little voyage by Hildur and Michael in his boat is interesting because it reveals a lot about the friendship between the two, and an apparent relationship they had in the past. This makes the episode a nice character building one for the two as the friendship allow them to share problems and help each other find a way to cope with what the future may hold.

What this trip also does is reveal something interesting which connects to the issues at Fortitude. With the Russian military seemingly covering up some kind of epidemic involving wild animals and humans, this connects to some of the evidence found in the episodes we’ve seen so far. It seems that there is a connection between what Dr. Khatri has been doing, and a very strange scene at the end of the episode that connects the killer and the tests to some experiments being done with the animals.

All of these revelations relieve some of the tension that has been caused in previous episodes, but also adds more to the horror. The “demon” who now seems to be very much human, makes an appearance again and takes grisly revenge on a character that may know too much about him. This may have been a mistake on his (or her) part though as it reveals a possible identity of who it could be. The fact another decapitated body turns up though also raises the question, what is the importance of the heads?

What episode 3 of Fortitude does is to hold the viewers’ attention by providing some answers, whist raising many more. The cover-up by the Russians raises interesting questions, but the most important one is, is the epidemic connected to the events from the previous season? The involvement of Dr. Khatri does hint at this, but again this is pure speculation at this point.

In terms of characters it has to be said that at this point, Hildur and Michael’s scenes are the ones that stand out the most. The chemistry between Sofie Gråbøl and Dennis Quaid works well, and it hints at a closeness between the two. Having Quaid in the show hinted at something special, and Fortitude is now delivering on that promise. There are sure to be some tensions around this relationship in future episodes.

Now that we’ve reached episode 3 of Fortitude: Series 2 it is fair to say that the pace is quickening, and this makes for some must-see television. Hopefully the season will continue to deliver with both the atmosphere and developing story, and if it does, this is a show you don’t want to miss.

****½  4.5/5

Every episode of Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude: Series 2 will be available exclusively on Sky Box Sets from Thursday 26th January, 10pm.


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