“34 Hours Missing” makes a conscious effort to point its finger at almost everyone, slightly overloading on clues and structural flourish, but ultimately deploying a compelling revelation.
This recap of Elite Season 2, Episode 2, “34 Hours Missing”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
It’s party time all the time for the students of Las Encinas, but a heavy diet of drugs and alcohol are not conducive to keeping secrets in a murder-mystery. And, as we learn in Elite Season 2, Episode 2, “34 Hours Missing”, this is a murder-mystery — Samuel (Itzan Escamilla) isn’t just missing, he’s dead.
But because of Elite‘s timey-wimey structure, which it plays with perhaps a little too much in “34 Hours Missing”, we still get to enjoy Samuel’s investigation into last season’s death. His latest prime suspect is Carla (Ester Expósito), and you know what suspicions mean in a teen-focused show like this one: They’ll lead to sex.
In the meantime, as Lu (Danna Paola) tries sucking up to Cayetana (Georgina Amorós), Guzmán (Miguel Bernardeau) increasingly struggles to keep a handle on his emotions, spiraling into a numbing cocktail of drink and drugs. It’s hard to keep anything down in that state, from your lunch, which ends up on the floor, to your theories about who might have committed murder. Guzmán’s theory, which he shares with Ander (Arón Piper), is that Nano (Jaime Lorente) is innocent and the real killer is lurking among them.
The police investigation continues apace in “34 Hours Missing”, with money discovered under Samuel’s bed, and circular face-to-face interviews scattering more clues among the various cast members. Valerio (Jorge López) suggests Lu knows more than she’s letting on, and a struggling Carla reveals that Samuel is, in fact, going to be “missing” for good.
Like its overuse of needless time-jumps, the eagerness of “34 Hours Missing” to point the finger at anyone and everyone does work to its detriment a little bit, with its accusatory undertones feeling a little desperate. But the last-minute revelation helped to keep the episode from feeling like filler, even if it was a bit of a step-down from the season premiere.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.