Fortitude Season 2 Episode 1 Recap Blood Aurora – The coldest and creepiest small town on the small screen, Fortitude, is back for a second season, with some new faces as well as the return many of the characters who managed to survive the first season.
Fortitude Season 2 Episode 1 Recap Blood Aurora
The Season 2 Premiere has an incredibly grizzly opening. In Russian territory, just 60 miles north of Fortitude in 1942, men with guns enter a building to find one man dead and second man hanging. One of the crew runs to a nearby camp to find an even more horrifying site: a man cannibalizing a baby – a man who, when shot repeatedly, does not die. The terrified shooter sinks to the snow and cries out in anguish to the night sky – the firmament ablaze with a blood aurora.
Fast forward to modern day Fortitude and Victor and Natalie – it’s love amidst the permafrost. They have packed explosives in an underground cave of mammoth remains (the source of the contagion last season) with the goal of burying it under tons and tons of snow – sealing the deadly pathogens in a frozen grave.
Erling Munk (Ken Stott) is a new character, a higher up from Oslo who has come to inform Governor Hildur Odegard that he will have to sign any subsidy payment requests. Times are about to become very hard in Fortitude. Munk urges Hildur to get out of Fortitude and go someplace where she and Eric can enjoy better climes and less stressful career paths. Munk lets her know that there’s an opening in Trondheim, which apparently hosts a memorable cheese festival. But Hildur’s roots are deep and she points to the rare, breath-taking beauty of the Blood Aurora that is lighting the night skies (maybe the first time since 1942?).
Slow night at the Blue Fox bar. Creepy Markus Huseklepp is back. He’s sitting at the bar quietly, while Lazlo Hindemith talks of death in the mines, cannibals, the crunching of bones. This goes on until the bartender decides to close things up for the night. Before leaving, Lazlo utters another cryptic “Until one brief whisper, I glimpsed peace. He showed me. Tonight, he’s back on earth.” Could Lazlo be suggesting that the Blood Aurora is more than just a visual wonder, that maybe it’s a sign of something supernatural? As Lazlo makes his way in the cold, he looks up to the red night sky and drops to his knees. Then, he sees a man standing motionless in the road, and prostrates himself. Hmmm.
The delightful combination of Petra and Ingrid are back. Lars the plow truck driver believes he’s hit a reindeer. But when Petra and Ingrid investigate the scene, they find a decapitated human body – not a reindeer.
Ingrid wants to believe that the snowplow sliced off the victim’s head. Petra immediately concludes that it’s foul pay. Ingrid doesn’t cling to her denial long and begin to explain something to Ingrid that is abruptly interrupted by Hildur bursting in to ask whether the corpse is that of the missing Dan Anderssen.
Season two reveals Petra’s family – parents, Michael (Dennis Quaid) and Freya (Michelle Fairley) Lennox, and brother Rune. Freya has a debilitating disease (maybe multiple sclerosis?) and if that’s not bad enough, recall that terminal residents are not allowed to die in Fortitude, they are sent to the mainland. As a result, Freya wants to keep her condition secret and is not happy to discover that Michael is willing to do some illegal things to secure a bountiful, profitable catch of king crab.
Sidebar – just based on the promotional photos, it appears that Quaid’s addition to the cast is meant as star power draw. But his performance is the least promising thing about the second season. The best scenes are without him.
Hildur’s estranged husband, Eric is out on the glacier searching for Dan Anderssen (who has been missing so long, he’s presumed dead). Eric does not see any sign of Anderssen but does catch a glimpse of a polar bear.
Later on, after their kiss after exploding the mammoth cave, Vincent and Natalie discuss their relationship. Vincent shares that he always believed she preferred Jason and is merely toying with him. He doesn’t want to stay in Fortitude any longer and will be returning to London. Vincent was the one, in Season 1, who discovered the mutilated body of Professor Stoddart (Christopher Eccleston) and was held in jail by Anderssen – that he didn’t fly out on the next plane available after his release is amazing.
Michael confronts Hildur about fuel being held back from all the boats on the harbor. She explains that the unavailability is the result of the new arrangement with Oslo. There’s a near riot on the harbor, Michael and Hildur arrive just in time to save poor Mr. Fersen from being bludgeoned with a crow bar. In spite of the new arrangement, Hildur allows the boats to fuel up.
After hearing from Vincent that Eric is out on the glacier, Hildur calls up the helicopter (got a feeling Oslo wouldn’t approve) and flies out to where Eric is searching. She tells him to give up looking for Anderssen and come back to Fortitude to begin investigating the murder of the decapitated man.
Michael doesn’t appear to have any luck at all. His plan for scoring king crab (now that Hildur has allowed the boats to be fueled) is thwarted when he arrives at the harbor and discovers his boat is on fire. This will serve to delay if not rule out his plans for a big catch. Rune makes a spur of the moment decision to go out on Tanner’s ship because “She needs this” – I’m guessing Rune understands his mother’s situation and the cost to give her proper care without detection.
The final scene find Hildur and Eric Odegard driving in the car at night. Eric has agreed, it appears, to take over Dan’s duties as Sheriff. Hildur, it seems, is hinting at a reconciliation. This discussion is interrupted when Hildur almost hits a staggering figure in the road. Eric jumps out of the car to investigate, calling to the man. When Eric catches up to the unsteady figure he discovers it’s Dan Anderssen – who appears quite crazy. The two end up scuffling and Dan falls to the ground. When Dan’s next move is to bite Eric’s leg, we get the confirmation we need that all is not right with Dan.
Other episodes of Fortitude reviewed on TV Eskimo:
S1E11 – Unnatural Selection
S1E10 – Confessions of an Arctic Cop
S1E9 – Very Far from OK
S1E8 – Monster
S1E7 – Feeder
S1E6 – An Idea in Your Head
S1E5 – Liam
S1E4 – Besotted
S1E3 – Abandon Hope
S1E2 – Midnight Sun
S1E1 – Mumps, Mammoths, and Murder at the Arctic Circle
Fortitude Season 2 Episode 1 Recap Blood Aurora characters and cast include:
Dan Anderssen – Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations, Game of Thrones, 11 Minutes, My Boy Jack)
Governor Hildur Odegard – Sofie Grabol (The Killing, Nightwatch, The Other World, Flickering Lights, Aftermath)
Erling Munk – Ken Stott (War & Peace, The Missing, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rebus, King Arthur)
Markus Huseklepp – Darren Boyd (Luther, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Four Lions, Spy, Imagine Me & You, Bridget Jones’s Baby)
Rune Lennox – Edvin Endre (Eddie the Eagle, Vikings, The Hidden Child)
Freya Lennox – Michelle Fairley (The White Princess, The Others, Game of Thrones, In the Heart of the Sea, Suits, Rebellion)
Natalie Yelburton – Sienna Guillory (Love Actually, Luther, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, The Virgin Queen)
Eric Odegard – Bjorn Hlynar Haraldsson (The Lava Field, The Borgias, Trapped, The Cliff)
PC Ingrid Witry – Mia Jexen (Dual, Those Who Kill)
Lazlo Hindemith – Brian McCardie (Rebellion, Titanic, Filth, Speed 2: Cruise Control, The Ghost and the Darkness, Rob Roy)
Petra – Alexandra Moen (Dickensian, Hotel Babylon, Death Comes to Pemberley, Strike Back)
Vincent Rattrey – Luke Treadaway (Unbroken, Clash of the Titans, A Street Car Named Bob, Attack the Block)
Michael Lennox – Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow, Vegas, The Words, Soul Surfer, Vantage Point, The Alamo, Any Given Sunday, Frequency)
The Fiend – Mark Field
Bianca Mankyo – Jessica Henwick (Silk, Dragonfly, Game of Thrones, Iron Fist, Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Lamont Bailey – Steve Toussaint (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Judge Dredd, Midsomer Murders, Inspector Lewis, Silent Witness)
Tomak Bowzyk – Gershwyn Eustache Jnr (Legends, Britannia, Fat Cat, Redemption’s End, Second Coming)
Lars Ulvinaune – Rune Temte (Eddie the Eagle, The Last Kingdom)
Alex Fersen – Joi Johannsson (The Deep, Flags of Our Fathers)
Vladek Klimov – Robert Sheehan (Moonwalkers, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Red Riding Trilogy, Season of the Witch, Misfits)