“36 Hours Missing” ups the mystery and the drama after the previous episode, providing more tantalizing clues — and what seems like a neverending stream of parties.
This recap of Elite Season 2, Episode 3, “36 Hours Missing”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Guilt runs rampant throughout “36 Hours Missing”, in many forms; guilt over the inability to protect a loved one, guilt over not being able to express your true feelings and identity, guilt over having committed murder. You know — the usual. As the police intensify their search for Samuel (Itzan Escamilla), knowing that as the timeframe tightens the likelihood of survival lessens, the students of Las Encinas start being worn away by the secrets they’re all keeping.
Following their sexual misadventures, Samuel still hasn’t stopped suspecting Carla’s involvement in Marina’s death, and plots to steal her phone. It’s a good idea — no teenage girl on earth can resist the urge to text, tweet or snap a secret. His plan to nab the device doesn’t quite succeed, but in the end, he’s able to get a peep anyway. By the end of “36 Hours Missing”, he knows that Polo (Álvaro Rico) has confessed something, though not exactly what.
Polo has indeed confessed — to Ander (Arón Piper), who spends the bulk of “36 Hours Missing” struggling with his relationship with Omar (Omar Ayuso), whose father will never accept them. The two share a passionate moment on a dancefloor, unconcerned with who sees them, proving once again that Elite is more interested in its teenage drama than it is its murder-mysteries — however much time and structural flourish it might devote to the latter.
Of all the students, Polo is perhaps the most guilty, and for the most valid reason, though it’s grimly ironic he is comforted by Guzmán (Miguel Bernardeau), whose increasingly erratic behaviour — not at all helped by Valerio (Jorge López) — continues to cause problems for himself and others. “36 Hours Missing” touches on healthy ways to grieve, which one imagines might be something people of all ages, but especially teenagers, need to hear.
Despite a warning from Nano (Jaime Lorente) that continuing his personal crusade might get him hurt like Christian (Miguel Herrán), whose accident probably wasn’t an accident, Samuel persists. And in the present-day, his bloodstained blazer is discovered, as is the knowledge that shortly before his disappearance he was threatened by someone. Elite‘s constant drip-feeding of crucial clues are like catnip for the binge-watching crowd, who, as we approach the midway point, have plenty of mysteries to unravel.