“59 Hours Missing” offers up a juicy last-minute twist as we reach the halfway point of Elite’s second season.
This recap of Elite Season 2, Episode 4, “59 Hours Missing”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thought on the previous episode by clicking these words.
As we approach the halfway mark of Elite Season 2, time is beginning to run out for the students of Las Encinas. The introduction of a ticking-clock plot device is always a surefire way of creating tension in a series like this, and “59 Hours Missing” has a doozy: Ander (Arón Piper) confronts Polo (Álvaro Rico) over his confession, and gives him 24 hours to tell Guzmán (Miguel Bernardeau) — or he will.
It might be a bit artificial, but it’s good for an injection of suspense. And besides, Elite is doing a pretty good job so far of getting across how it might feel to be burdened with such heavy secrets; one of the underlying themes of “59 Hours Missing” is that idea of how selfish opening up to someone can be, especially when that person didn’t ask for your trust. In telling Samuel (Itzan Escamilla) that he believes Nano (Jaime Lorente) is innocent, Ander is trying, in a small way, to unburden himself of the knowledge.
Polo, to be fair, is still overwhelmed by grief, desperately self-medicating to numb the pain. In the present-day investigation, he’s a focal point, having almost lost himself to that grief. But the loyalties of teenagers can sometimes be immovable; nobody lies easier than young-adults, but those lies can be weaponized when they’re viewed in a different context — say, by police officers in a missing person case.
Amid all the escalating despair in “59 Hours Missing”, relationships between the students continue to burgeon. Guzmán and Nadia (Mina El Hammani) — the former literally becoming the man of the latter’s dreams — have their own connection, while Samuel and Carla (Ester Expósito) become closer, despite the obvious fact that dishonesty defines their relationship. Rebeca (Claudia Salas) also has a crush on Samuel. But it’s Omar and Ander (Omar Ayuso) whose tortured relationship feels most put-upon by current events, giving Elite Season 2 the air of a tragedy more than a murder-mystery.
Earlier in “59 Hours Missing”, a furious Ander tells Polo to withdraw as much money as he can to bail Nano out of prison. At the end of the episode, Nano returns to school in a last-minute stinger, much to the chagrin of a furious Guzmán, who has to be held back from attacking him.