Episodes 3 and 4 followed the pattern of the first two: nothing remarkable, but decent storytelling and one or two twists to keep the viewers interested. In the third episode, the stakes are getting higher. It’s confirmed that Adel has indeed been killed; and Leon, another of the hostages, has slipped into a diabetic coma. Insulin is requested, and Philip and the TTF decide that provides an opportunity to mount a rescue mission. (I have been persistently delighted by the discovery that, according to the subtitles, there’s a Danish equivalent of “Copy that!”.)
It all goes very badly wrong, though – the captors are much more sophisticated than he thought, and in the resulting shootout Silas, one of the captives, is shot in the stomach. Fortunately we have Marie the nurse to help; unfortunately, as her flashbacks reveal, she failed her medical training because she hesitated when faced with a medical emergency, which isn’t great when you’re a hostage and need to treat a fellow hostage with a life-threatening bullet wound.
Meantime, the terrorists, media-savvy as well as dangerous, have offered Naja Toft another interview, although it’s acknowledged that if there are hostages dying all over the place that won’t help the fundraising thing. So insulin is allowed in for Leon, who survives; and Silas is taken to the surface for treatment. At some point, I thought, they’ll run out of hostages if this sort of thing keeps happening – that’s two out of eight gone already, with a third needing regular insulin, and no sign of the money yet. Naja, meantime, decides that she can no longer facilitate the terrorists, and backs away from the fundraising campaign.
Which takes us to episode 4. Philip and the TTF are trying to trace the weapons being used by the terrorists, and pursuing this – in a manner which, as is often the way in TV drama, involves a few deductive leaps – takes them to Torben, a former soldier with PTSD, living in the forest. (Well, it is a Scandi-drama.) As this is a Danish show rather than 24, they offer Torben empathetic questioning rather than suspending him from a ceiling and whipping him until he squeals for mercy; he, in turn, points them to a biker gang, and when the team opens a lock-up garage being used by the gang them have an actual “What the fuck?” moment, which we’ll presumably find out more about in the next episode.
Philip is still convinced that Ahmad is one of the captors, and asks for the circumstances of his apparent death to be investigated. Under stress, he starts crying in front of Louise, who, presumably satisfied that she’s finally broken him, makes out with him. And Leon is revealed, through flashbacks, to have been in a relationship with a Thai sex worker. Meantime, though, there’s an even more unexpected bond being forged: Leon’s son makes contact with Naja Toft, is totally sympathetic about her decision to take a step back from dealing with the hostages, and offers to take over the fundraising. In due course they end up in bed together, and when he leaves her apartment he phones one of the terrorists to tell him that Naja will answer next time she gets a call from them.
So, some quick unpacking: (a) the son of one of the hostages is working with the captors. Does this mean that the motive for the attack is still money, or is there something else going on? Does Leon’s son (didn’t catch his name) have a grudge against his father, or – if Philip is correct about the identity of the head terrorist – something personal against Philip? And (b) does this mean that Naja Toft, experienced journalist, has been honeytrapped? Oh, I do hope so. Less savoury is the sexual assault perpetrated by one of the terrorists, which looks as if it might have driven a wedge between him and the others.