Review: The Bridge (S3 E3&4/10), Saturday 28th November, BBC4

Programme Name: The Bridge - TX: n/a - Episode: The Bridge - series 3 - ep 4 (No. 4) - Picture Shows: Saga speculating on where fugitive Rikard Jonssen may be hiding Saga Norén (SOFIA HELIN) - (C) Filmlance International AB - Photographer: Carolina Romare

(C) Filmlance International AB – Photographer: Carolina Romare

With Aleks, the kidnapper of top copper Hans, now dead, our suspicions turns to drug-crazed war veteran Morten; but he too has been shot and killed, by someone he knows – his last words, ‘My brother shot me’. Are both crimes down to the Clown Killer? Saga reckons so, judging by similarities in the gunshot wounds.

Sabroe is concentrating on businessman Anderson, who clearly knows more than he’s letting on; and if he’s not getting very far, at least Sabroe is enjoying baiting Saga, in between lying about being married.

Since Morten’s only known brother is too young to be his murderer, it doesn’t take much to figure out that he was talking about a ‘brother in arms’ from his time in Afghanistan. Lukas Stenstrup, who was accused of rape and murder along with Morten, seems a likely candidate, and of course he would be proficient with firearms.

Gambler Marc gets a brutal reminder that he owes money – but where will he find it?

Saga’s mother comes to her with news that her father has died, and insists that Saga accept some blame for the suicide of her sister; Sofia Helin’s performance here is a model of restrained anxiety, her whole body quivering with tension. The tension’s broken when the car of murdered activist Helle Anker is found in a fairground, with her heart on the seat.

In the Ghost Train, Hans is found hanging, a hand missing, close to death. (We still don’t know how the Clown Killer found him when he was being held by Aleks – is this going to be explained?)

Saga is of course knocked sideways by Hans’s condition though she tells her boss Linn that she won’t let her emotions over this or the death of her father affect her work. This is the thing about Saga; she does feel emotions, it’s just that she doesn’t know how to deal with them. She’s probably being honest in saying that her work won’t be affected, but it would be more natural if it was.

Attempting to link the two murders and the kidnapping of Hans, Sabroe returns to blogger Lise, who reluctantly hands over a ‘fan letter’, which is an appreciation of her work and an invitation to nominate more murder victims.

Saga sets up a lure, a blog message criticising an Army officer, but she’s benched for the stakeout. Sabroe follows the lead of comments left on the blog by a ‘Knightrider’ – but suspect Rikard Johnsson turns out to actually be stalking Natalie Anker, wife of the murdered Helle. Saga dashes to her apartment just in time to save her from Johnsson, who escapes.

Episode 4 starts with an act of euthanasia – motivational speaker Sandberg suffocates his old Dad, before presenting a seminar and spending the night with a follower.

Saga is still concerned with tracking down ‘Knightrider’. When she shows Rikard Johnsson’s photo to Lise, she identifies him as her cleaner; but he’s already in the apartment with a knife. Saga puts him down, but is ‘Knightrider’ also the Clown Killer?

Marc and his heavily pregnant girlfriend accept a smuggling job to pay off his debts, but she loses the consignment to a pair of heavies. To their bafflement, the couple are let off the hook – so were they just a decoy?

Hans’s severed hand is found wired to a fence, pointing to the staged murder of another Clown Killer victim; Lars-Ove Abrahamsson, a retired teacher. Rikard can’t have done it, he was in custody; so maybe he’s only responsible for the copycat murder of Christensen, not the other killings in which the bodies were mutilated.

Shortly after being told that she needs sensitivity training, Saga is at her singles club trawling for sex, when who should she meet but Sabroe – we still don’t have an explanation of why his wife is so compliant in his womanising, and why he needs drugs to get any sleep.

Inevitably, the two end up having a sex session with all the passion of an Ikea self-assembly bookshelf manual. Saga’s idea of sex doesn’t involve much intimacy, to the extent that you wonder exactly what she gets out of it. And she doesn’t appreciate that it’s probably not a good idea to tell their colleagues.

When Sabroe asks Saga to investigate a closed missing persons case for him, we wonder whether he thinks that their sex session will make her more compliant – she does look at the case, which evidently involves Sabroe’s family.

Everyone else is at it too; motivational speaker Sandberg has spent the night with a nutty fan, and housing tycoon Anna Ekdahl is conducting an affair with a younger man, and has been exposed on a gossip website.

Saga refuses to go to the memorial service for her father, preferring to spend her time at Hans’s hospital bed.

There’s a possible break in the Clown Killer case when ex-soldier Stenstrup’s van is spotted in CCTV footage from the time of the murder of Helle Anker, and he is obviously covering something up.

We don’t feel that much progress has been made in the Clown Killer case in these episodes, but perhaps we have got a little further into the psychology both of Saga and Sabroe.

Saga’s mother seems completely nutty, but is she really guilty of the abuse Saga has always blamed her for? Unlike Hans, Linn seems unable to handle Saga, making the mistake of trying to apply normal psychological measures to her.

We knew about Saga’s sex outings, so they were no great surprise, but it did come as a bit of a shock that Sabroe was willing to become involved. Does he have a hidden agenda? Is he perhaps even a suspect? Would this explain how the Clown Killer found the captive Hans?

The saga continues.

Chris Jenkins

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One thought on “Review: The Bridge (S3 E3&4/10), Saturday 28th November, BBC4

  1. I got very confused between the two blonde boys – Marc and Rikard – so it took me a while to figure out that they weren’t one and the same person. Honestly, how can Chinese people tell us Europeans apart?


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