Spoiler alert: this weblog is for these watching Vigil on BBC One. Don’t learn on until you’ve watched episode 4.
Russian spies, treacherous crewmen, a sabotaged submarine and one other homicide. Sure, shipmates, the stakes had been cranked as much as most menace stage because the watery whodunnit entered its dwelling stretch. Let’s dive deep into the fourth episode …
This isn’t a drill. Oh really, it’s
As we re-entered the cramped cabins and mind-your-head metallic corridors of HMS Vigil, it was motion stations. Once more. Firing orders had been obtained. When resident nosy parker DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) barged into the management room and tried to intervene within the missile launch, coxswain Elliot Glover (Shaun Evans) grappled the disoriented detective to the bottom and informed her it was only a drill. Yeah, I completely knew that. Ahem.
Her undignified show was all of the excuse that Cmdr Neil Newsome (Paterson Joseph) wanted to ask questions on her unravelling psychological well being and health to analyze. He even implied that Silva was struggling psychosis attributable to antidepressant withdrawal. She was confined to quarters – however not earlier than confronting Glover together with her discovery of his illicit affair with medic Lt Tiffany Docherty (Anjli Mohindra).
Homicide sufferer CPO Craig Burke (Martin Compston) had stolen intimate pics from the coxswain’s cellphone and used them to blackmail him for information in regards to the deaths of two US civilian contractors in Port Havers, Florida. Nevertheless, Glover and Newsome had been clearly in cahoots to undermine and gaslight Silva. They closed rank. We had been again to cops v sailors. Confused-out Silva was quickly working out of allies.
Russia entered the fray
Again on dry land, DS Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) stubbornly refused to bow to strain from MI5. She believed they had been orchestrating a cover-up of occasions in Port Havers. Had safety companies additionally infiltrated Dunloch peace camp?
Longacre turned the tables, squeezed some intel out of the spooks, and used it to trace down the mysterious “man in a foul Glasgow ice hockey jacket” about whom activist Jade Antoniak (Lauren Lyle) had expressed suspicions. He was recognized as Peter Ingles (Sam Redford) and when police tried to arrest him in a Line Of Obligation-esque raid, he fled. Kickass Kirsten rugby-tackled him to the bottom.
Held on suspicion of drowning Jade, Ingles was coolness personified – regardless of the stab wound in his shoulder betraying him because the “balaclava man” who had burgled Longacre and been stabbed with scissors for his hassle. It turned out he was actually a Russian spy known as Piotr Vasiliyev with full diplomatic immunity. They needed to let him go, nonetheless smirking smugly. Why I oughta …
Fortunately, tech whiz DS Porter (Reuben Joseph) had a lead. “Ingles” had been exchanging coded messages on an angling messageboard proper up till the day earlier than Vigil went out on patrol, when his contact went offline. There was a traitor aboard the sub. Higher take this to the highest.
Enter the governmental large weapons
In a gathering with navy high brass and MI5, Longacre and Supt Colin Robertson (Gary Lewis) shared their principle that there was a Russian agent on HMS Vigil. Rear Admiral Shaw (Stephen Dillane) initially dismissed all this as “fanciful stuff”. Was Burke the asset? Or was he killed by the asset? Each unlikely – until he was exposing Russian spies within the navy.
In return, Shaw revealed that the sunk trawler had been dragged down by a US sub. The People admitted shadowing Vigil for “operational causes”. That they had intel there was a Russian asset onboard however didn’t know what they had been planning.
Throughout a video briefing with the defence secretary (Susannah Doyle, AKA sarky secretary Pleasure from Drop the Useless Donkey), Longacre defined that the encrypted knowledge Ingles despatched to his unknown affiliate included blueprints of the sub’s air flow system – particularly the environment administration gadget. Tampering with it may very well be deadly for the crew.
It was per week earlier than a substitute boat could be prepared. The federal government wouldn’t name Vigil again with out proof of an lively menace, since it might break the continual at-sea deterrent. Moreover, that may very well be what the Russians needed. “I’ll speak to the PM,” mentioned minister Pleasure earlier than brusquely logging off. (Aspect word: I bow to no one in my love of Longacre however would a lowly detective sergeant actually sit in on extremely labeled conferences with Downing Road?)
Flashbacks fleshed out the detectives’ romance
Longacre had met Silva by the workplace espresso machine. Properly, it makes a change from the watercooler or photocopier. The senior officer had helped her protege prep for her inspector’s interview, together with the telling recommendation: “Belief nobody. Don’t get emotionally concerned. An excellent detective shuts all the things off and focuses on the work at the price of all the things else.”
One factor led to a different. Regardless of Silva’s hesitancy – and insistence that she was straight – they kissed. A tad an excessive amount of display screen time was given to those interludes until they by some means show vital. By the way, they had been drunkenly dancing (and snogging) to Anchor by Welsh multi-instrumentalist Novo Amor. His identify is Portuguese for “new love”. Aww.
Come again to port, all is forgiven
As Vigil modified course for the southern delivery lanes to keep away from detection, engineer Gary Walsh (Daniel Portman) observed the management panel padlocks had been picked. He shared his issues with boss Lt Simon Hadlow (Connor Swindells) that somebody may have pressured the reactor shutdown. Extra indicators of a saboteur on board?
After a cellphone name with the minister, Shaw steadied his nerves with whisky (scotch, I belief), then ordered Vigil to return to port. Phew. Only one downside: the sub’s comms system went down after one thing snagged the wire. It could take hours to repair. “Till then, we’re on our personal,” mentioned Newsome grimly. Again on land, the navy bought no response. HMS Vigil had gone rogue.
Jackie the cook dinner turned the third homicide sufferer
Galley cook dinner Jackie Hamilton (Anita Vettesse) – AKA The Sobbing Chef Who Is aware of One thing – bought some excellent news. Her son was miraculously getting out of jail. “They only let him go,” she mentioned delightedly. He’d been jailed in Indonesia on medication prices and was one yr into an extended sentence. Silva’s spidey sense tingled. Why was he immediately freed?
Sneaking out to look Hamilton’s bunk, she discovered discoloured mattress linen with the identical stains as Burke’s fleece. Had she poisoned Burke in trade for her son’s launch? After discovering a word within the pocket of her apron and looking out critically scared, Hamilton went lacking – or as lacking as you may go on a submarine.
Silva later discovered her useless within the storeroom, coated in vomit, presumably from the toxin. In a shock closing body, a determine in a gasoline masks – the blue shirt steered it was Glover – sprinted at Silva, knocking her apart. Have been they attempting to kill her or save her? Both means, it was the second rugby sort out this week. HMS Twickenham, extra like.
The prime suspects
We’re nonetheless getting common glimpses of Burke’s substitute CPO Matthew Doward (Lorne MacFadyen) behaving shiftily within the background. Might he be the Russian spy? Was Burke killed within the information that Doward could be flown out to take his place?
Trying even dodgier was coxswain Glover. After Silva confronted him over these bed room snaps, he paced round anxiously, stroking his beautiful beard. Has he bought extra to cover than an affair? He additionally appeared rattled when Hamilton was summoned by the skipper. Was it Glover who handed her that secret word? With Vigil scheduled towards Endeavour’s return to ITV, this was a busy evening for Shaun Evans.
“1SQ” is brief for “1 establishment” – the best stage of alert, that means missiles are prepared to fireplace. “SMO” is assist to army operations. Walsh talked about “RCMS panels”, which stands for distant management monitoring system.
Notes and observations
After our dialogue of mumbly dialogue final week, it appears a lot of you might be watching Vigil with the subtitles on and the pause button shut at hand
Hokey CGI-spotters might need loved that shot of a tanker with a submarine beneath.
This episode noticed the artistic reins handed over to 2 new names – each girls, refreshingly. The author was Chandni Lakhani (whose earlier credit embody Dublin Murders, plus script modifying duties on Black Mirror), whereas the director was Shetland’s Isabelle Sieb, who helms the ultimate three episodes of this six-parter.
Lots of you “Vigilantes” are fearful in regards to the security of Silva’s cat. They wouldn’t dare, would they?
We’re now crusing in direction of the penultimate episode. See you again right here at 10pm subsequent Sunday to blow the whistle on episode 5. Within the meantime, valued property, depart your ideas and theories under …