26th Jan2017

‘Fortitude 2×02’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

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


In the first episode of Fortitude‘s second series we were given the groundwork for what we can expect in this latest chapter of the story of the “safest place on Earth.” Hardly safe though, we seem to have a story of cannibals and demons, and with a missing head still somewhere in the town, what other secrets will episode two reveal?

One of the most interesting things we find in this episode is that Dr. Sarinda Khatri (Parminder Nagra) is still experimenting with one of the wasps which caused so many problems in the first season. Now that the sheriff is back though, the investigations as to who the headless man is are making some progress. With Michael Lennox (Dennis Quaid) trying to salvage his boat and his livelihood, it looks like his family has nothing but troubles ahead.

What is noticeable in this episode of Fortitude: Series 2 is that things are getting a little spooky in the town. There is an implied supernatural nature to the evil that is slowly gaining ground, but this of course could be a misdirection as to what the real evil is. The fact that the wasps are still being tested on also seem to be a little bit of a false starter as tests show they are no longer a danger. This of course is something that could change.

The real focus of episode two though is the amplification of the tension that has already been created. Life isn’t going easy for Hildur Odegard (Sofie Gråbøl) who is trying to govern the town, but is having to fight outside forces who want her out. It does seem that the theme for this season is the disastrous fallout of what has already occurred. Not only in the town itself but the surrounding area.

When looking for the real answers behind what is going on, the answer seems to be in the rantings about cannibals and demons. In the first episode, we already saw evidence of this, and now we see that there are more members of the town who have a belief in these demons. Also, with scenes that feature some creepy goings on, it seems that maybe something supernatural is taking place.

What we can be sure of though is that whatever evil has set its focus on Fortitude, the evil that humans can do is just as bad. There are some ominous scenes that show that tensions are about to blow-up in Fortitude, and plenty of people are up to no good. What is causing it has yet to be seen though, and a wild animal attack also implies that whatever is happing, is having an effect on the local wildlife too.

If the first episode of the new season set-up what is to come, then episode two cemented those foundations in stone. We now have a growing danger that while not revealed, is continuing to grow and gain control. A stronger episode than the first, the cliff-hanger ending will have you wanting to move straight onto the next, which shows that this season is off to a very good start.

****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.

One Response to “‘Fortitude 2×02’ Review”

  • kevin clements

    Just finished watching series 2. Yea Gods this lost its way half way through the 10 episodes…I don’t what was worse…the acting or the writing… Just ghastly.