Episode 10 : Upsanhaar
Time Period : 1945, Calcutta
Plot of the case : This is an episode in which storylines from two episodes are borrowed – Satyanweshi and Agnibaan. Good job is done in combining them both. A character from Byomkesh’s past comes back to haunt him and to track him down, Byomkesh is forced to play dead. There is no mystery in this as the key elements are given out mid-way into the episode, but the execution is near perfect.
Episode 11 : Tasvir Chor
Time Period : 1951, North Bihar
Plot of the case : In strange circumstances, the photograph of the people who went on a picnic goes missing from whoever has a copy. To add to the mystery, the negative goes missing as well. This is one of the cases where everyone involved is a suspect. The mystery isn’t given out till the end. To add to the suspense, there is a murder that is made to look like a suicide. The reveal is a bit of a surprise and when Byomkesh explains his modus operandi, we wonder how did we miss it all along
Episode 12 : Kile ka Rahasya
Time Period : 1952, North Bihar
Plot of the case : A professor is found to be dead of a snake bite. A few years ago, a woman was also found to be dead of the snake bite. Like in Tasvir Chor, this is also an episode where most characters are suspects. Family members, family history and how Byomkesh finds out the hidden treasure form the core of this episode. We also see in this episode that Byomkesh and Satyavati have a baby
Episode 13 A,B : Chiriya Ghar
Time Period : 1953, Calcutta
Plot of the case : A retired judge invites Byomkesh to his colony on finding parts of Motor Vehicles thrown at his house. It’s a unique colony because the occupants are all people who have been given a chance to redeem themselves from the mistakes committed in the past. As Byomkesh is making inroads into the case, the judge is found to be dead. It was in fact a murder that was made to look like a natural death because of blood pressure. A deaf occupant of the colony is also murdered later. Like in the previous couple of episodes, every character is a suspect and there is a reveal about every character that shocks us. Terrific acting and explanation of how Byomkesh zeroes in on the murderer make this episode a fitting finale to the first season.
Looking at the episodes, they gain steam as we get deeper into the narrative of Byomkesh Bakshi. “What was extraordinary about the experience was that we didn’t shoot BB episode wise; it was shot like a film,” says Rajit Kapur to Hindustan Times. That revelation is surprising because the intensity in each of the episodes is superb and difficult to maintain.