We’ve almost reached the halfway stage of this frankly daft Swedish supernatural crime series and after this episode I genuinely don’t have a clue what’s going on. One of the reasons why I’m sticking with it is that there is a crime still to be solved and, so far, it has been nicely paced and plotted. But this fourth episode was a bit of a mess – there were so many little things going on it’s difficult to know where to start.
There was a scene in this episode where a forensic scientist was conducting an autopsy on the mysterious body found in the stream in last week’s episode. He was freaked out by it and asked, as he was somehow able to push his finger through skin and bone and into the body cavity, “what are you?”
He could well have been referring to Jordskott itself.
So deep breath… Eva had a break-in at the house and discovered a secret tunnel that connected the house with the forest outside; Ebbe, the fellow in the old people’s home, had his throat cut; mentally disabled Nicklas was revealed to be Gustaf Boren’s son and lots of time was given over to him, which suggests he’ll play some sort of role in future ridiculousness; Wass was as shifty as ever; seemingly everyone in town had developed the same rash Eva had; Ebbe’s brother Sture managed to escape Harry Storm, the assassin; and Eva figured out that ‘Josefine’ didn’t want her hot chocolate or her nice things to eat, she wanted soil-based products to sustain her.
Aside from the that, two things really stood out to me. Gustaf was revealed to be part of some shady group who had voted to eliminate Harry Storm because, to them, he was bumping people off a little bit too willy nilly for their liking. To me it was never clear what he had been hired for in the first place, but we were assured in this episode it was to find little missing Anton. As part of that objective, Harry had been taking out various members of the Silverhöjd community with aplomb, which Gustaf and co had clearly decided it was with a little bit too much aplomb.
When Gustaf confronted him, he told Harry: “You’re killing innocent humans.”
Harry replied: “They’re neither innocent nor human.”
And with that things switched a little bit. We had been led to believe that Gustaf and certainly Harry were the bad guys in all this. Perhaps it wasn’t the case – as Harry explained (and showed, thanks to some of the animal tails he had collected over the years and showed Gustaf), he was some sort of monster hunter, and that the town was being overrun with strange human/animal beings. He went on to say that everyone that he had killed was one of these strange beings… the taxi driver, Ebbe and Sture, if he had caught up with him.
So suddenly Harry Storm was revealed to be a good guy. Or rather a guy doing bad things who believes he’s doing good things. We still have yet to know what these humanimals are and what their full intentions are. So Harry might be a good guy in the end. Or he might not be.
And that brings us back to Wass and the old woman Yylva, who trundles her shopping trolley around the town all day. When Wass was examining Ebbe’s body he inched up close to the dead man’s face and sniffed him, like an animal would. Ylva displayed these same sort of animal characteristics when she wanted to identify a frog she found on a path. Is Wass one of these beings? It wouldn’t surprise me.
And what of soil-licking Josefine? Right at the end of the episode someone left a bottle of the stuff ‘Josefine’ feeds on – sort of black gunky stuff from the forest – as well as some paperwork, which suggested the girl Eva had been looking after was not Josefine after all, but one Emma Eriksson. Or at least I think that was what happened.
To be perfectly honest I have no idea what’s going on, which is why I’ll carry on watching,
For our episode one review go here
For our episode two review go here
For our episode three review go here