THE DEEP (BBC) “Ghosts of the Deep” Review

The Deep

Episode three of the BBC’s 5 part drama, THE DEEP, finally pushes the plot forward somewhat, though we still appear to be no closer to the end game than when we started. In ‘Ghosts of the Deep’, the Orpheus and Volos crews have to set nationality aside and work together in order to survive. It doesn’t work too well.

After examining the remains of the Hermes’ submersible, not-so-sinister Raymond concludes that it was either cut apart or Catherine used the titanium arm to break it apart, allowing herself to die. Apparently not-so-sinister Raymond is completely inept and can’t tell the difference between a cut and a ‘bash until it breaks’ approach to dismantling a titanium submersible. I’ve never seen the after effects of either approach, so I won’t judge him too harshly. (Though Samson nearly died after less than an hour in the Orpheus submersible, so either the Hermes’ submersible had a better air supply or Catherine thought risking being hit in the face with a titanium arm – and being crushed by the pressure of being 2k feet under the sea – was better than suffocating.)

Svetlana, still fiddling with the electronics, tells everyone that they need a new motherboard if they want the Orpheus to be functional again. While they ponder this, the Volos’ nuclear reactor starts overheating. They have half an hour to choose someone to go in and drop control rods into the reactor to cool it down. After pulling matches (in lieu of straws), Vince gets the short one. He freaks out and Samson takes his place. Before Samson can go in, however, Svetlana remembers that the Hermes has motherboards! If they can get one of them, they can power up the Orpheus and get away before the reactor blows! Because who minds if a nuclear reactor blows up two thousand feet under water? Not anyone on the Orpheus.

Clem and Svetlana take the Orpheus and Volos submersibles to find the Hermes (using coordinates noted down by the Volos crew) and retrieve the motherboard. Clem doesn’t see anyone onboard the Hermes and decides that they must have gotten locked in the sealed back rooms. On the way back to the Volos, he sees Catherine in one of the portholes. She has short hair – she’s never had short hair – so he decides she really is alive, and goes looking for her. He finds her – and the Captain of the Volos, Dmitri Zubov.

Meanwhile, the reactor is about to overload. The crew of the Orpheus (which now includes Arkady and Stas, who declared themselves part of the crew) decide to leave. Vince severs the winch connection on the Volos and radios in to tell Frances that he’s back onboard the Orpheus. We all know what’s about to happen next. Stas notices that the reactor mysteriously cooling down. Frances and friends realise Vince isn’t onboard. We see him burst out of the reactor room and collapse, dying.

So. Things happened this week. Again, mention was made of oil, but we don’t know much more than that. There were two (very) minor plotlines that also occurred this week. Last week I told you that if it was important, I’d regale you with the tale of Hatsuto and Lowe, who are apparently at the United Nations Monitoring System in the Arctic.

Short version: Hatsuto tries to find out if the shoal (which we know as the Russian submarine) showed up when the Hermes disappeared. Lowe gets annoyed and indirectly threatens him. This week he came back to threaten Hatsuto – with a frozen gun. After managing to get it working – apparently you just jiggle the slide a bit – he points it at Hatsuto’s head and tells him that he’s working for the Russians, they want the oil, and Hatsuto can either go along with their fiendish plan – whatever it is – or die. Tune in next week to see what happens.

Meanwhile, Scarlet’s in her mom’s study looking at the stars through her telescope. Her grandmother comes to try and get her back into bed, but Scarlet claims she’s keeping her mom’s stuff safe. She won’t say what the ‘stuff’ is because it was “their secret”, but apparently it would change the world. Because world changing secrets are exactly what you entrust to your child. Whatever happened to giving them an Xbox and telling them to stay out of adult business?

And that concludes this episode of The Deep. I think the series has deluded itself into believing it is LOST. If we don’t start getting some proper answers in episode four, I may lose the will to live.

What do you think of The Deep? Am I being too harsh? Or is the slow build up and lack of answers intolerable for you, too? Let us know in the comments below.