When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.
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Four years after the Rising, the government starts to rehabilitate the Undead back into the society including teenager Kieren Walker, who returns home to his small Lancashire village to face a hostile reception as well as his own demons.
Last week's episode ended with Jessica Hyde turning up and introducing herself as this episode begins she tells Wilson, Becky and Ian that they must leave their old lives behind if they are to live. As they drive away she tells them about an organisation known as 'The Network', which was set up during the Cold War and refuses to be disbanded. We learn that her father was one of its founders but he left and went on to write 'The Utopia Experiments'. Meanwhile it looks as if the flu vaccine that was ordered will be needed sooner than expected after a fatal outbreak on the island of Fetlar... a disturbingly convenient and apparently containable outbreak. The only copy of part two of 'The Utopia Experiments' gets passed on from the wild child Grant to his surprising new friend a girl who attends are rather posh school.
This was a fine second episode which maintained the pace of the first while explaining enough details to stop it being too confusing. As with the opening episode there is a mix of mystery, comedy and violence although thankfully the violence is somewhat less disturbing this time. There are some surprises as we learn that it isn't only the 'bad guys' who will resort to torture and murder; apparent 'good guy' Jessica is just as willing to resort to such measures. I thought the opening episode was good but feared the series might just get more and more convoluted in an attempt to be stylish at the cost of a solid narrative but on the strength of this episode I'm inclined to think the creators know what they are doing and have a proper conclusion in mind; I certainly hope that is the case.
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