'The Tunnel: Vengeance - Season 3'
(Clemence Poesy, Stephen Dillane, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NC-17 / 2018 / PBS)
Overview: The emotionally charged finale of the acclaimed bilingual crime thriller, 'The Tunnel,' reunites Stephen Dillane with Clemence Poesy for the last outing of this unlikely Anglo-French partnership.
'The Tunnel: Vengeance' is set amidst mid-Brexit hysteria, an escalating refugee crisis, and the increasing threat of terror from disenfranchised, exiled souls on whom society has turned its back.
DVD Verdict: OK, and not trying to give the ending away here, in the slightest, but you have to know that the ending is as out-of-nowhere, totally unexpected as I have EVER come across in a TV series in my entire life!
That all said, phew, moving on and this emotionally charged third and final season is, in my humble opinion, easily the best of the trilogy. Karl and Elise take on a toxic and terrifying folie a deux, whose mutual defining quality is an existential death wish.
It all begins with a fishing boat drifts somewhere between England and France. There are children hiding on deck. Stowaways? Refugees, perhaps? The boat is set on fire, by someone wearing a gas mask; it’s not clear if the kids are still on board.
One man is found when the charred vessel is towed into Ramsgate, he’s in the hold, alive, bound and gagged. But when the gag is removed by DCI Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane), he’s still not saying much, because his tongue’s been cut off!
Turns out, of course, that he’s a trafficker and those children were refugees, wherever they are now. No bodies then, at the start of The 'Tunnel: Vengeance,' but yes, a case now involving missing kids brings our detective twosome together.
But, as we quickly learn, Elise is no longer commander as she has demoted herself, plus she has got toothache! And, although she’s on the case with Karl again, Anglo-French relations have cooled, which may or may not have something to do with Brexit!
Their relationship and chemistry, and the performances of Dillane and Poésy, are a big part of the success of The Tunnel and why it has successfully divorced itself from its Scandi parent, The Bridge, to become something in its own right.
Oh, and come the end, and when all the pieces of the 'Vengeance' puzzle are brought together, the question posed is What is a life worth? Now, due to circumstances, directed straight back at Karl, he is forced to confront an utterly impossible choice which will haunt US long after those aforementioned closing credits. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
How We Made The Tunnel: Vengeance