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Vigil season 2 is praised by viewers as 'gripping' despite critic response

The BBC series returned on 10 December

Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) in Vigil S2. (BBC)
Suranne Jones as Amy Silva in Vigil Season 2, which returned on 10 December. (BBC)

Vigil has returned to BBC One for its second season, and the action drama has been heaped with praise by viewers despite critics suggesting the opposite in reviews ahead of the season.

Starring Suranne Jones and Rose Leslie, the series follows DCI Amy Silva (Jones) as she is called in to investigate a British Air Force test gone wrong. Silva and DI Kirsten Longacre (Leslie) are being pushed to close the case, but Silva isn't convinced and is determined to uncover the truth.

With a new location and case to investigate, Jones and Leslie are ready to bring the drama whilst also further develop the relationship between their two characters onscreen — something that viewers have been delighted by.

Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie), Daniel Ramsay (Amir El-Masry) in Vigil S2. (BBC)
Fans have praised Vigil season 2 despite some reviews criticising it for not being as good as the first. (BBC)

Despite some critics lamenting the show's change of pace and suggesting it has "lost it's way" in its second season, fans of the show shared their delight at having the programme back and called out critics who felt the new episodes aren't as strong as what came before.

Read more: Everything you need to know about Vigil season 2

One person responded to the show's poorer reviews by saying on X, formerly known as Twitter, that they "strongly disagree", and added: "Vigil 2 is a very successful action drama. Is it just me or someone has a problem with lgbtqia stories in this gripping thriller series?"

Another viewer said of the new season: "I absolutely LOVED #Vigil Season 1 and I've been anxious to see if Season 2 could live up to the bar S1 set... But damn, that first episode of Season 2! I'M OBSESSED ALL OVER AGAIN! And yet again madly in love with Rose Leslie and Suranne Jones."

Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) in Vigil S2. (BBC)
The he series follows DCI Amy Silva as she is called in to investigate a British Air Force test gone wrong. (BBC)

There was one viewer who even felt that the second season had already surpassed the first season with its first episode, writing: "Great first episode of the new series of Vigil on @BBCOne last night might actually have preferred it to the first series as well."

One viewer called the second season's first episode a "bloody cracking opener", while another viewer shared that they were "loving series 2 already", especially the relationship depicted by Leslie and Jones.

The first three episodes of Vigil are available to watch now, there are six episodes in total and they are being screened for viewers on BBC One over two weeks, with episodes airing over three consecutive nights.

Vigil season two continues airing on BBC One with its second episode at 9pm on Monday, 11 December. Episodes 4 to 6 will air from 17 to 19 December.

Watch the trailer for Vigil season 2: