Posts by: Bethan Ackerley

‘Fortitude’ review: Season 2’s finale leaves many questions unanswered

The final episode of Fortitude Season 2 leaves many questions unanswered, but provides plenty of scope for a third run. After murdering Vladik, Dan has alienated himself from his most loyal ally, Petra. When Shentel Biotech officials mistake Petra for Dan and run her off the road, the sheriff comes to Petra’s aid but it’s...

‘Fortitude’ review: Season 2 Episode 9 delivers gory nightmare fuel

Back on brilliant form, this week’s Fortitude episode recovers from last week’s missteps and delivers gory nightmare fuel at its finest. Vladik nails Dan to a post in the mines whilst he explains the logic behind his elaborate ritual, as well his complicated world view. Vladik, like the writers of Fortitude, is interested in systems...

‘Fortitude’ review: Season 2 Episode 8 is an uneven chapter

An uneven chapter of Fortitude, this week’s episode contains some flashes of brilliance amongst its cruder plot developments. Vladik puts the final preparations in place for his ritual, though takes the time to murder a few unfortunate witnesses and give Elena a makeshift funeral. It’s a relief to see someone treat the much-maligned Elena like...

‘Fortitude’ review: Corruption and heartbreak are on the cards in Season 2 Episode 6

Michael and Hildur meet with Fortitude’s scientific community to discuss the files from Vukobejina. In 1942, an attack similar to the wasp plague was reported in the Russian town, which killed all but one man. The individual survived his infection and displayed unprecedented tissue regeneration, as well as aggression that resulted in the deaths of...

‘Fortitude’ review: There’s murder, betrayal, and grief in Season 2 Episode 5

Although previous chapters have felt obscure and frustrating at times, this week’s episode is tightly plotted and anxiety inducing throughout. Escaped prisoner Tavrani is found dead, surrounded by occult markings. Whilst the town mourns Bianca Munkyo, the man with no face interrupts the wake at The Blue Fox by nailing Tavrani’s tongue to the windowsill....

‘Fortitude’ review: Season 2 Episode 4 dials up the tension

The fourth episode of Fortitude Season 2 slowly reveals more depths of its central mystery, but provides plenty of conflict to satisfy the audience. Rune finally reveals his connection to Lazlo Hindemith- he visited the apartment where Hindemith manufactured muskimo, a drug made of the urine of reindeer that have been fed hallucinogenic mushrooms. It...

‘Fortitude’ review: Season 2 Episode 3 has better character development than plot

In this week’s episode, the second season of Fortitude slows its pace and focuses on its living residents. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Eric survived his encounter with Tavrani the taxidermist, who pulled a gun on the acting sheriff last week. After his attempted escape is foiled by Ingrid, Tavrani’s interrogation reveals a potentially supernatural element to the killing....

‘Fortitude’ review: Season 2 Episode 2 left the audience with plenty of questions

This week’s episode is surprisingly gore free, but delivers a terrifying set piece when a stray polar bear enters Fortitude’s primary school and traps a child inside. The sequence is a chilling call back to the series’ very first scene, in which an intoxicated Henry Tyson accidentally shot Billy Pettigrew instead of the polar bear...

‘Fortitude’ review: Season 2 Episode 1 balances horror, crime and personal drama

“Life is hard in Fortitude,” says series creator Simon Donald, and after the events of Season 1, it’s difficult not to agree with him. Sky Atlantic’s Arctic horror series Fortitude returns for its second season, revealing the aftermath of the prehistoric wasp attack that threatened to tear the town apart and setting out new threats...