Episode 5 of Jaguar kicks off straight after the explosion out at sea. Dr Heim survives, as does Bachmann, who pulls Heim up from the shore to safety.
Commandeering a vehicle, Bachmann manages to bring his comrade to the hospital in Almeria. With their lives about to be upended, Bachmann phones Ilse and promises no one will beat them. However, she needs to get their passports ready just incase they need to make a quick getaway.
All of our crew obviously survive the explosion too, as Isabel awakens back in their hideout alive but beat up. With the villa cleared out, it falls to Marse to uncover where they are. Through some phone calls to the local hospitals, he learns that Bachmann and Heim have been taken to the Hospital del Nino Dios.
This lead is just what the group need to head down and confront the Nazis – especially when they learn one (Heim) is in critical condition.
Bachmann is well prepared for this though and calls in reinforcements to protect Heim at all costs. Unfortunately the crew completely fall for this trap, as the army show up armed and ready to strike just as the crew breach the hospital. Bachmann calls the shots and organizes the troops to secure Heim’s room – and every other room. He’s determined to make sure our crew don’t get out of this alive.
With every room guarded, our character hide out in the chapel and try to work out what to do next. Eventually they all agree to team up and stand united. This comes in the form of planting decoys all over the hospital. One of those comes in the form of a stretcher which holds explosives rather than Heim.
Bachmann realizes at the last second and ducks for cover, surviving the blast with barely a scratch. The soldiers however, are all toast.
With the lights out and Bachmann standing his ground, Lucena and the others arrive and try to talk him into giving up his position, antagonizing the Nazi. Isabel even speaks up, bringing up her issues with him from 15 years back.
As the crew advance, Bachmann holds a gun up to Lucena…while Isabel does the same with Bachmann. The Nazi gets away (because of course he does, honestly how thick is this guy’s plot armour?!) while Heim is carried out by Castro and Deaf Man.
With the crew surrounded by soldiers and Heim still a hostage, the gang have no choice but to retreat back inside the hospital and figure out their next move. They’ve lost their getaway vehicle and things don’t look good.
When Bachmann shows up, Lucena sacrifices himself to save Isabel and Heim, bundling them in the elevator while hurrying off in the other direction to draw Bachmann’s attention.
As they leave, Deaf Man and Castro are held up at gunpoint. Deaf Man sacrifices himself to save the boy, an act of mercy to try and make up for what befell them in the past at the camps. With Heim bundled in an ambulance and Isabel driving off, Lucena makes it to the rooftop but Bachmann follows. It seems like the end of the road for our characters…but who will survive?
The Episode Review
The penultimate episode of Jaguar bows out with an explosive chapter that feels like it’s been ripped right from La Casa De Papel. Between the narration and unbelievable plot armour through to the bombastic shootouts, you can see the influences to the Spanish Netflix hit everywhere.
However, this chapter does bring a somewhat somber note too, as Deaf Man receives a fatal blow and it’s assumed that Marse and Lucena are both about to follow suit. Quite what their fates actually are though will have to wait for the finale.
In the wake of all this, the penultimate chapter does a great job raising the stakes, although seeing everyone absolutely fine and no explanation about how they all survived the boat blowing up is a little disappointing. Plot armour is perhaps this show’s biggest weakness and it’s certainly a gripe with this chapter too.
It’ll be interesting to see how this one ends, and whether the show does go the route of adding the dreaded Netflix cliffhanger at the end. We’ll have to wait and see!