TEMPLE S2 Review – A Binge-Worthy and Shocking Season 2

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TEMPLE S2, from Topic Studios, continues the shocking and intriguing story of Daniel Milton and Lee Simmons, who once operated an underground clinic, and slowly erased all ethical boundaries as they desperately tried to hide their actions.

The story jumps ahead with, Daniel Milton, played by Mark Strong, an accomplished surgeon, and his wife, Beth, played by Catherine McCormack telling a well-constructed fabrication of the course of events, which led to her death and resurrection.

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Sargent Sampson, played by Gbemisola Ikumelo, steals the scene as she listens to the absurd story. The two, both accomplished, are above suspicion so the fictitious account, for now holds and they leave the police station without concern.

The first episode jumps ahead, as Daniel who was unable to allow his wife to die and who began working with his mistress, who had been the research partner of his wife to finish their ground-breaking research and find a cure, attempts to hide the evidence of her time in the tombs, the makeshift underground clinic, by moving her while she is still sedated to a high-end apartment.

Of course, she is unaware of the events that kept her alive, including Daniel’s attempts to buy a kidney on the black market, and then taking it from one of the patients in the underground clinic. Eve, played by Lily Newmark, has also had an adverse reaction to her mother’s death as we see, she has quit university and become an environmental activist.

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By the afternoon on the first day of Beth’s resurrection we see the hopeful reunification of life before Beth’s “death” was not going to happen. Eve, after being reunited with her mother, becomes withdrawn and defiant. Beth, who is having flashbacks of dark place, resumes her dominance, immediately, by controlling the home and everyone in it and of course, as Daniel was not quite prepared for her arrival, the home computer, which contains more damming information, was not cleaned.

She accuses him of lying, which he is, and demands to know every detail of her time before the experiment worked.

Daniel, who is being squeezed on every side from all his black-market buddies, is now being pressed by Suzanne, played by Anamaria Marinca, who discovered he removed her kidney. She proceeds to blackmail him and shows up at his house and explains the situation to Beth.

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To pay her extortion demands, Daniel and Lee, played by Daniel Mays, who has not left the underground bunker, are forced to perform more surgeries. They are called to work by the enforcer Gubby, played by Rhys Ifans, who is employed by foreign governments as a fixer. He is not someone that anyone would want to owe a favor.

Jamie, played by Tobi King Bakare, who decided to face the music, turned himself in to the police. Through a body search they discovered he had an illegal surgery. Still young and naïve, Jamie inadvertently provides the detective D.I. Rob Maloney, played by Ryan McKen, with information about Daniel.

As the skeletons of lies, deception, and murder are banging on the closet door, Daniel does his best to maintain control and keep everyone sedated and calm, and with each move his moral and ethical boundaries become a thing of the past.

The finale is shocking, and once again draws another innocent bystander into the web of deceit. And of course, for every action, there is an equal or greater reaction.

Playing on Topic, Temple Season 2 is as attention grabbing, riveting, and gripping as S1. The intellectual thriller immediately captures the attention as motivation, and right and wrong are determined by the cost, boundaries suddenly become lost and each decision blurs the lines until they no longer exist taking our characters to the point of no return. See it.

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Country: UK.

Language: English.

Runtime: 8 episodes/58minutes.

Director: Luke Snellin, Shariff Korver, Lisa Siwe, Christopher Smith, Shariff Korver, Frederick Louis Hviid, Tinge Krishnan.

Producer: Laurie Borg, Barney Reisz.

Writer: Erik Richter Strand, Mark O’Rowe, James Allen, Daniel Cullen, Josh Freedman Berthoud, Daneil Jackson, Colette Kane, Alan Westaway, Alwx Child, D.C. Moore.

Based on the hit Norwegian series Valkyrien.

Cast:  Mark Strong, Carice Van Houten, Daniel Mays, Tobi King Bakare, Catherine McCormack, Chloe Pirrie, Lily Newmark, Ryan McKen, Anamria Marinca, Steffan Rhodri, Rhys Ifans, Wunmi Mosaku, Siena Kelly, Claire Rushbrook, Sam Hazeldine, Craig Parkison, Ruhtxjiaih Bellenea, Gbemisola Ikumelo.

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