Litvinenko Season 1 Episode No 3 Review And Recap
Acute radiation syndrome caused Litvinenko’s death at the start of Episode 3.
Alex calms Marina down after the call. Liaison officers are also proactive and reassure him. Jim, Tubbs, and another officer, Gadney, go to Moscow. A lady named Campbell is their contact there and she will hook them up to the prosecutor’s office. The Russians have not agreed to cooperate, but they have a chance to get what they want.
On December 4, 2006, the British arrive at their hotel. The furnaces don’t work and people know who they are. Clive rallies his troops to find the Polonium stash. Without it, the Russians can create reasonable doubt and avoid blame. He tasks Brent with going to the Millennium Hotel and looking for traces of Polonium in every teapot.
The British arrive at the embassy and Campbell introduces them to Nika Privalova from the prosecutor’s office. in a surprising turn of events, the Russians believe that Kovt was poisoned by Litvinenko. He is hospitalized and allowed to be interrogated. Lugovoy will attend a separate session for questions.
The British prepare their questions. Clive says that if they can’t film it, there’s no point. But as expected, the Russians create obstacles. They only want to give the impression of cooperation to save face in the West. Nika says the law dictates that all police inquiries must be completed by 10 p.m. Russian drivers drive them around the city for at least 2 hours and arrive at the hospital only at 9 pm. They are then instructed to put on their hazmat suits and Nika informs them that the tapes for the interview will be provided by the Russians and that the offers cannot record the tapes themselves.
Also, they will not have another opportunity to talk to Kovtun. Another surprise awaits them in the hospital room. As the curtains are drawn to reveal Kovtu, we see a man who is unrecognizable as him. It is completely covered with a bandage. It was like following HG Wells’ hero in The Invisible Man. The interrogation is in full swing and the whole trip seems pointless now.
There is a moment of tension when Tubs goes to his room from dinner and throws up. The next morning, Tubs doesn’t answer his phone and Jim goes to check-in. It’s just food poisoning and he’ll be fine. Peter informs Clive that the British media is now covering the trip as a murder investigation. This sends the Russians on the defensive and Clive is furious. He can’t even get to Tubs to inform him of this new development.
The British arrive at the scene and Nika says they can’t do it according to the story. Tubs puts his foot down and manages to convince her. They meet Lugovoy, who comes in as an innocent man, self-assured and denying any malicious intent against Litvinenko. He maintains his innocence and will have a hard time getting the answers the British want. Again, they leave empty-handed.
Their trip is over, and Nika is handing over the tapes and transcripts amid flashing cameras and noisy reporters. It was all a show as they disappeared after the British left. As the tapes are empty, another surprise awaits them. Tubs is heartbroken and Clive comforts him. The episode of Litvinenko’s funeral also mentions the discovery of the kettle in which Litvinenko was given the polonium.
The aesthetics of Russia and the British visiting the country gave full retro vibes, albeit neatly. It was like a spy movie and definitely had an atmosphere that would keep you in the moment.
Spectacular twists and turns continue to unfold in the Litvinenko case. So far, the show has lived up to the billing of an incredible story rooted in governments intent on protecting their own interests at the expense of an individual’s interests. Brent’s character is clearly fictional and we saw the best of him in episode 3.
The battle was fought on both fronts this time, and it seems that the just cause was well served. The evidence overwhelmingly points to the complicity of the Russian state, and Putin in particular. But will he be responsible? That’s a question the finale must answer!