The Tunnel Sabotage Season 2 Episode 1 Recap – The premier episode of the second season opens with a grisly discovery on the beach. After random people find passports, university certificates, a wooden cross as well as other sundry items on the beach, the camera pivots to reveal a row of airplane seats on its side with two dead passengers still belted into their chairs.
The Tunnel Sabotage Season 2 Episode 1 Recap – Spoilers below
Mystery in the tunnel
The timeline shifts to two days earlier. A French couple and their daughter drive aboard a ferry to England. There’s laughter and excited talk about the holiday that awaits them across the channel. But they don’t make it. The wife notices a woman standing outside their car before the power is cut, the lights go out, and we hear the sounds of an attack and struggle ensure. We hear a male voice saying, “Not the kid, not the kid.”
When the ferry arrives in England, the power has been restored and one of the staff investigate the stalled and apparently abandoned car. It’s not completely abandoned however. Chloe, the young daughter, is the sole occupant of the car, huddled on the floor of the back seat.
Roebuck and Wasserman
Next up is an early morning visit to the Roebucks. Karl is checking on the sleeping babies as Laura reluctantly waits.
Elise Wasserman is unwittingly hijacking a mandated leadership class. With Olivier taking a promotion and moving to the counter-terrorism division in Paris, Elise has been promoted to her old boss’s position. Elise is wonderfully, unintentionally funny, when called upon in class to give an answer to a hypothetical question.
“You may now kiss the European Union”
A couple marry in a civil service with a femme fatale witness (Vanessa Hamilton) in attendance. She appears to be the broker of what we’d call a “Green Card” wedding in the United States. Soon the new bride is locked in a room, pounding on the door asking for her passport and the money that was promised her.
Things get very ugly for the young women – she is raped and beaten. What exactly is going on is not clear. It’s just very disturbing.
Mr. Fournier has a surprise
When we next see Mrs. Fournier (last seen in the ferry) she is bound and with a sack over her head. She’s pleading for mercy for her daughter Chloe. When the sack is removed, she sees that her husband Robert is in the room. He is not restrained in any fashion and, in fact, is armed. He coldly shoots his wife in the head.
In an earlier scene, we learn from Elise that Mrs. Fournier worked for the government in cyber security and that Mr. Fournier is a software developer – specializing in GPS technology for large fleets.
In the horrific last segments of the episode we see Robert Fournier’s diabolical beta test. He and his team use his technology to wrest control of a jet away from the pilots (and the autopilot system) and crash the plane into the English Channel killing all on board.
Even more shocking, we learn that there is a connection between Fournier and Vanessa Hamilton.
Victims of the plane crash
There were two characters we are introduced to (and the episode lingers on) that will ultimately be passengers on the doomed jet:
Paul Bresson – we see him preparing to accept his doctorate from the University – the diploma will be one of the items that washes up on shore and is found by the boys in the opening scene. His pretty assistant was meant to be on the plane with him – but a lost passport prevents her from boarding. Given how much passports are a part of this episode, it is a red flag or a red herring? Does she miss the plane by design or is it a life-saving fluke.
Stefan Czyrko – In the beginning of the episode he is working with evil Vanessa Hamilton. He is the one who procured the bride (who was later beaten and raped) for the sham wedding. He also makes an exchange for a briefcase full of passports. We know from hearing Vanessa on the phone that she made Stefan’s plane reservations. Why did they want him to die? He brought the briefcase with him – so is part of the plan for the passports in the briefcase to be found? Stefan is involved in this nasty business but is made to appear more sympathetic as he gives the bride what she needs to make an escape attempt.
There are many unanswered questions, but one thing I’m pretty certain of is that Karl will follow the siren song and rejoin CID and reunite with Wasserman to get to the bottom of this case.
The Tunnel Sabotage Season 2 Episode 1 Recap Odds and Ends:
- I love the team of Roebuck and Wasserman. I’m glad we’re finally getting more episodes of The Tunnel to enjoy in the United States.
- The plane sequence was so awful to watch – brilliantly done – but emotionally brutal.
- Among the new characters are Karl’s colleague Boleslaw “BB” Borowski and CID boss Mike Bowden.
- I’m glad to see that both Laura Roebuck and Olivier have returned. Laura and Karl’s marriage had to endure a lot last season – the death of Adam and Karl’s cheating. This season, both Laura and Karl are still coping with the death of Adam with the added responsibility of baby twins.
- The woman lurking in the ferry, who we later see assisting Fournier bring down the plane, U.S. viewers might recognize Hannah John-Kamen who has the lead role as “Dutch”in Killjoys.
- Why did Fournier let Chloe survive?
- It was an exhausting first episode – so many threads to track and so many characters – but it has so much intrigue that I’m happily off to see the next episode.
Previous episodes of The Tunnel reviewed on TV Eskimo
The Tunnel Sabotage Season 2 Episode 1 Recap characters and cast include:
Elise Wasserman – Clemence Poesy (Final Portrait, 127 Hours, In Bruges, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2)
Karl Roebuck – Stephen Dillane (Zero Dark Thirty, Game of Thrones, Secret State, 44 Inch Chest, King Arthur, The Hours, Spy Game)
Laura Roebuck – Angel Coulby (Merlin, The Jacket, Vincent, Imagine Me & You, Undercover, Conviction)
Olivier Pujol – Thibault de Montalembert (La Setinelle, Days of Glory, In My Skin)
Robert Fournier – Johan Heldenbergh (The Zookeeper’s Wife, Moscow Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown)
Thibault Briand – Nicolas Wanczycki (Love at First Fight, The Family, Me Myself and Mum, The Returned)
Rosa Persaud – Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys, Tomb Raider, Black Mirror, Game of Thrones, Happy Valley, Whitechapel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Boleslaw “BB” Borowski – William Ash (Hush, Mad About Mambo, Paranoid, Waterloo Road, The Loch)
Olena Bakhia – Tanya Cubric
Vanessa Hamilton – Emilia Fox (The Pianist, Silent Witness, Merlin, David Copperfield, Cashback)
Stefan Czyrko – Mish Boyko (Risen, Dracula Untold, Fortitude, Silent Witness)
Mike Bowden – Stanley Townsend (The Libertine, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Shadow Line, Fleming)