Astrid continues her investigation in “The Girl is Gone” as vague hints of supernaturalism begin to creep into the story.
This recap of Equinox season 1, episode 2, “The Girl Is Gone”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
What’s the past for if not digging up? This is clearly the thought process of Astrid in Equinox episode 2, since despite Dennis’s warnings against seeing her estranged mother, Lene, the investigation into Ida’s disappearance takes her there, to the cluttered home of a miserly recluse who never forgot the loss of her daughter – and is unable to let the past go.
This is a strong, persistent theme in the series; unresolved tensions, things not said that should have been, a pained attempt to strike common ground. Ida’s room remains untouched, held in stasis. The next clue leads Astrid to her former teacher, Henrik, evidence of whose presence at the school seems to have been deliberately wiped away.
The mysterious presence of the strange lurking figure also persists in “The Girl Is Gone”, with an appearance at Jakob’s funeral – which Astrid attends – after previous sightings at the bar and school. Speaking of which, in flashbacks, we see Ida there with Amelia, Jakob, and Falke, the chosen trio, and lo and behold the idea of a Ouija board is brought up, since that’s always such a good idea and turns out so well.
Bad ideas persist. Meeting in a graveyard? Check. Jakob’s mysterious book? Check. A bizarre island and a weird ritual to mark the equinox? Check and check. There’s no wonder Ida’s parents are concerned about her being coming home late.
The closeness of the sisters, by the way, is unavoidable given Ida’s strained relationship with her parents, and her parents’ strained relationship with each other. That bond rippling through the decades to the present-day makes complete sense. In the past, Ida’s relationship with Jakob – she loses her virginity to him, rather awkwardly – makes sense too as an act of rebellion, or perhaps a desire for meaningful connection.
The title of the episode, “The Girl Is Gone”, comes from the ill-fated bus driver Torben, whom Astrid meets with in the present-day. He’s of unsound mind and is mostly present to dispense eerie plot details. He says the titular line while grabbing Astrid’s face, having been jolted into action by photographs. Not exactly what Astrid wanted to hear. But as he collapses in a seizure, Astrid notices he has circled Henrik’s face – looks like he’s next on the agenda.
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