The latest episode proves that this River runs deep, so go with the flow and order your DVD copy now!
“I don’t see ghosts,” River testifies. “Then what do you see?” his therapist asks. “Manifests.” Does he suffer from dementia, schizophrenia or perhaps a brain tumour? The visions that detective John River (Stellan Skarsgård) sees is quickly becoming defined as a deeper, visceral meaning than that of the supernatural. As the series continues with the second episode, we get better acquainted with the troubled sleuth when his medical and psychiatric history comes into contention. We also begin to discover more clues to his fateful partner’s homicide.
Last night’s episode saw River being haunted by hallucinations of Riley (Josef Altin); a suspect pursued by River who fell to his death. As he zealously investigates the murder of partner Jackie “Stevie” Stevenson (Nicola Walker), River’s competency is drastically diminishing in the eyes of his superiors, while boss Chrissie (Lesley Manville) endeavours to give him the benefit of the doubt. While he looks into Riley’s former life and his connection to the fatal shooting, Stevie’s tempestuous family background comes to light.
The ominous tone of the show is still peppered with humour between River and Stevie in their bittersweet tête-à-têtes. As well as River’s attempts to humanise and open up to his new partner Ira (Adeel Akhtar): “The fortune cookie was invented in San Francisco in 1900.” The conversational aspect is a work in progress. However, the fortune River reveals from the cookie he keeps saved from his last meal with Stevie reads: “Do not go where the path may lead. Go where there is no path and leave a trail.” This aphorism seems more like the foreshadowing of River’s poignant journey.
The intricate narrative from award-winning creator and writer Abi Morgan is unravelling and audiences are edging closer to the core of the crime drama. Why not seize the opportunity and reserve your own River DVD now and take home this engrossing televisual treat with outstanding performances from Stellan Skarsgård, Nicola Walker and Eddie Marsan?
River continues on Tuesdays at 9pm on BBC One and is out to buy on 23rd November on DVD.