Picking up where it left off from the first season, Elite Season 2 relentlessly doubles down on its melodramatic elements, as Marina’s death sends shock-waves rippling through the school. With a split focus between the present and future where one of the students has gone missing, Elite delivers another layer of mystery to the fold whilst continuing to showcase partying, sex and lies for our elite Spanish students to tackle. With chilling music, and highlighting red and dark colors, this season is set up to deepen the mystery from season one.
After a 3 minute recap on the previous season, the story picks up after Marina’s death, with Nano in prison and his brother Samuel desperate to find answers and get him out. Those answers, as it happens, may well lie with Carla who hasn’t been wholly truthful and may know more than she’s letting on. Meanwhile, Guzman’s rage and anger sees him turn to alcohol and drugs, while Ander and Omar struggle to keep their relationship going in the wake of parental pressure. Lu finds herself caught in a love triangle with Nadia while Valerio’s (Jorge López) influence over both of these ladies leads them down a dark path later on in the series as a scandal gets out that threatens Nadia’s entire livelihood and purpose. Adding to the drama is new girl Cayetana, played by the wonderful Georgina Amoros, who does well to make her way into the group.
As the episodes progress, so do the various character-driven narratives which ultimately forms the center of the series. This is especially relevant in episodes three and seven, where the perspective of the characters challenges the way that the audience sees the storyline.
Episode three gives some insight into the psychological toll that the secrets are taking on the characters, especially Polo. The guilt runs rampant over this episode – guilt in many ways; guilt over the inability to protect a loved one, guilt over not being able to express your true feelings and identity, guilt over having committed murder. As the police intensify their search for Samuel (Itzan Escamilla), knowing that as the timeframe tightens the likelihood of survival minimizes, the students of Las Encinas start being worn away by the secrets they’re all keeping. Polo, carrying the bulk of the burden, begins hallucinating as a consequence of his actions. This episode helps the audience see the complexity of some of the characters and the actions they have taken.
Episode seven is particularly important for this season because it starts giving answers to some of the subplots and questions arising until now. In this episode, Lu takes the reins of the party and, having now figured out the truth, she exposes the truth about everyone. She tells everyone that Cayetana is the daughter of a cleaner. And also that Guzman slept with Nadia and Samuel is sleeping with Carla before pushing her way through the crowd and leaving. This scene leaves both the crowd and the audience stunned. As all the pieces come together here, Elite delivers one of the best episodes of the series. All of these subplots have been bubbling over for quite some time now and seeing Lu as the one to turn up the heat and blow the lid off everything that’s been going is both satisfying, because of her queen bee attitude, and shocking, because it’s in an unexpected way. It comes at the perfect time too, alleviating some of the pent up tension around these angles and allowing all focus to fall on the closing plot.
The season finale is a nail-biter, as it’s at this point where present and future catch up with one another. This prompts some interesting one on ones between our group as they all discuss the ramifications this has for them all. All the dots join up as the different fragments of the future we’ve seen before come into play and in chronological order, as the Inspector gets closer to figuring out the truth, and so does the audience.
As the stories piece together through the one on ones, it’s easy to tie the jumble of plots together. But, I have to say that until that point, everything felt a little loose – as if they were too up in the air about all of the events that transpired.
In the end, everything falls into place in a very melodramatic and over-the-top way, true to Elite’s nature. Polo’s return after everyone knows he’s a killer is definitely a goose-bump moment and Cayetana’s involvement in his murder leaves little to the imagination for what’s to come in season three, obviously hinting that there’s more to be discussed about Marina’s death.