Vigil has bubbled along quite nicely over three episodes, its initial locked-room (or locked-sub) mystery intensifying as the weeks go by.
In many ways, I’m enjoying the parallel investigation by Kirsten Longacre on dry land more than Amy Silva’s onboard the sub. And, at the end of last week’s episode, Longacre was apprehended by some shady MI5 types, which suggested that her investigation into what happened onboard Vigil was beginning to ruffle a few feathers.
She was told in no uncertain terms to lay off until they found out more (although they were quite easy to release their own investigation info to Kirsten, which is plainly something that would never happen). But it didn’t just end there – after a meeting with Shaw, she was told that something indeed did go wrong in Florida and the Americans were now pissed off at them and wouldn’t tell them what was going on.
So Shaw pushed them, and it turned out they had a suspiscion there was a Russian spy onboard Vigil who was intent on sabotaging the mission and the sub itself. Furthermore, after a meeting with the Defence Secretary no less, it was decided that the sub should break cover and come back home.
Which is something that should’ve happened right from the start, let’s face it.
Onboard Vigil, things were tense. Amy freaked during a (very realistic) simulation and was confined to the captain’s quarters. Showing her kindness was cook Jackie, who, it was revealed, had a son who had just been mysteriously released from an Indonesian jail. Relevant or another red herring?
The two parallel investigations were interspersed with flashback sequences showing how Amy and Kirsten got together. They were really rather sweet, but they can only mean one thing – when the emotion is ramped up in any crime drama you know the writers are clearing the way for a Big Event. That could be a death, it could be something else.
By the end of the episode, Jackie lay dead on her kitchen floor (the stroganoff it was probably not) and Amy was rugby tackled by an assailant (or saviour?) wearing a gas mask that was almost certainly Glover. Or perhaps it was Prentice, who she was building bridges with earlier in the episode.
Either way, I’m hoping that the final two episodes will be better than this mid-season dipper.