Equinox season 1, episode 1 recap – “It’s Going to Happen Again”

December 30, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
Netflix, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

A moody scene-setter, “It’s Going to Happen Again” introduces the overarching mystery and doles out some obligatory spooky imagery in a solid opening chapter.

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3.5

Summary

A moody scene-setter, “It’s Going to Happen Again” introduces the overarching mystery and doles out some obligatory spooky imagery in a solid opening chapter.

This recap of Equinox season 1, episode 1, “It’s Going to Happen Again”, contains spoilers.

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Grim European mysteries are all about mood, and Equinox episode 1, “It’s Going to Happen Again”, is fittingly a real mood-builder. It’s one of those episodes of television that divulges a bit more information than you can reasonably make sense of, confident that a wily audience will file away details and ideas to be fleshed out later. Of primary importance is the introduction of Astrid, the show’s protagonist, whose quest to uncover what happened to her sister, Ida, who went missing twenty years prior, forms the backbone of the show, and to give some vague hints as to the shape of the bizarre disappearance that claimed her and busload of other young students save for three survivors.

One of those survivors, Jakob, kick-starts the plot by calling into the nighttime radio show that Astrid hosts, claiming to have been there and to have seen what happened. Astrid, clearly still not over the event, is immediately inspired to return to Copenhagen and begin an investigation, digging up old wounds and long-kept secrets along the way. Most of “It’s Going to Happen Again” comprises her preliminary conversations with her relatives and with those adjacent to the case, picking at threads for the remaining five episodes to unravel.

The mystery itself is compelling. In 1999, 21 students, including Ida, disappeared on their way to graduation. Only three, the aforementioned Jakob, along with Amelia and Falke, were ever seen again, and as Astrid begins to go over evidence from the time talk of a mysterious island and mysterious book gives the event a notable horror tint — a genre influence confirmed later when Astrid witnesses a suicide that nobody else seems to see, and then sees an eerie figure behind her in the mirror; all classic devices.

The dual-timeline conceit works well here, providing the context not just for Ida’s disappearance but the headspace of a young Astrid, floating the idea of seemingly prophetic sketches and such that are also played-out tropes but treated with enough seriousness to offset their familiarity. Overall, this first installment provides more questions than answers, but that’s entirely the point — as a scene-setter, it works a treat.


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