REVIEW: Trapped (S2 E7&8/10)

Last week’s cliff-hanger left us with Pawel dead and a bloody Víkingur trying to flee the scene. Now Andri and Hínrika arrive at the plant to find Ásgeir warding off an angry mob of Polish workers while Víkingur, who has been severely beaten, is held in a locked room inside the plant. He is calm, almost stoic. Hjörtur is all the more shaken and apologetic for not having been able to stop the attack on Víkingur. As we know, Hjörtur has some knowledge of what awaits Víkingur through his own experiences. Normally unfazed, but now confused and anxious he tells Andri later “we both know this community is going to crucify him”. This part is particularly well played by Baltasar Breki Samper.

Andri and Hínrika have an initial look at the crime scene and speculate about what might have happened, when the boss of the plant shows just how disposable the worker was by asking that the finish their work quickly as there is an important guest coming. No concern whatsoever for the murder victim. Hínrika has only to raise her eyebrows to dispatch him.

The social commentary about what value we place on some people is harsh but not unfair.

Ásgeir, once again working on his own while Andri and Hínrika are teamed up, puts Víkingur in a cell at the police station and have him examined by a doctor.

Having heard the news at the plant, Stefán updates Ebo on what happened and takes him to the station to make a statement. Ebo hesitates, but with Stefán hovering behind his back, then explains to Ásgeir what happened, not perhaps realising he’s providing good motive for his boyfriend to kill Pawel.

Hallas brief display of unguarded emotion and closeness with her sister is gone and the façade back in place when Elín wants to talk more about what happened when they were young. They are false memories Halla claims, but they clearly both know differently. Surely abuse of some sort as was suggested in the comments last week. Elín seems to relinquish her attempt at creating a relationship with her sister. Halla’s full focus is on the business deal to be secured with the Americans though she is also meeting separately with Jórunn, from the local committee, and gives her a wad of cash. They clearly have shady dealings that need to be kept secret, but is this about the plant or something personal? The two of them and Kolbrún make for a great trio of rather cold, calculating and self-serving women.

Guðrún has secured fingerprints from Víkingur on the murder weapon and with means, motive and his DNA all over the scene, his lawyer tells him it doesn’t look good. When interviewed by our now almost constant duo, in their calm and methodical fashion with curious looks and twitching eyebrows, he denies having had anything to do with either Finnur’s or Pawel’s murder. And we want to believe him though the evidence isn’t speaking in his favour. These interview scenes are one of the best things about Trapped. The way the main characters go about them with a respectful and subtle demeanour is very particular.

Elsewhere, Aron is naturally angry at the gossip around town about his family and turns to Þórhildur for some comfort, but she is ever the petulant teen, telling her boyfriend, whose father just was murdered, that she wishes her father would get his throat slit. It’s in keeping with how they’ve portrayed Þórhildur so far but taking it maybe just a bit too far. I wish they’d give her a bit more credit. Aron is fed up with her and refuses to talk to her. He may also be a troubled teen but at least he is aware of how serious the situation is.

Once the CCTV footage from outside the plant comes through, Víkingur suddenly looks a lot less guilty and the police have to reconsider once again.

Meanwhile, Ásgeir and Barður go up on the mountain and find thousands of dead fish floating on the lake. A ban on drinking tap water is immediately put in place and before long there is no water in the taps at all. Tension is rising in the community.

At a meeting in the town hall Hafdís is trying to calm down fears about the pollution. Instead an old woman, Gríma, takes over and manages to stir up emotions with claims that old Þorir, who disappeared 35 years ago, caused a curse on his family by building his house on a charmed stone. and the curse is spreading over the whole town. A surprising number of locals seem to accept this woman’s opinion as credible fact and agree there is a curse. Although believing in curses is over the top, the mentality and reaction of a small community when faced with, as yet, unexplained horrible and frightening events, is not incredible.

At Finnur’s sparsely attended burial, Andri sees David, the boss from the plant, giving Elín what turns out to be half a million in cash. This is surely not out of the goodness of his heart so what money is this? What has been going on at the plant?

At the police station Ásgeir and Guðrún are flirting over dead birds and samples of polluted water. A home cooked meal at Ásgeir’s place seems to be in the cards. Finally, we’re getting somewhere with these two.

Ásgeir’s main colleagues are still making him feel left out since they form a constant pair handling all the important aspects of the investigation. There is a communication break down and frustrations on all side. Hínrika insists on a tense talk and emphasise that they must be able to work as a team.

Somewhere in the process we find out that Hínrika had been pregnant but miscarried. An unusually emotional moment for her.

It takes Aron to make Þórhildur do the right thing and hand in the phone she found to the police. Ásgeir reads the texts to Tryggvi, who has an oddly limited reaction to what is clearly a very interesting lead. Ásgeir does realise the importance and tries to contact Andri who is now away with Hínrika at the plant questioning David about the money he gave to Elín at the cemetery. As it turns out he has an explanation, gambling, and alibi, affair with an MP, and is nothing but a red herring keeping them occupied while their colleague is on the trail of the actual killer.

Frustrated that Andri isn’t answering, Ásgeir texts the presumed killer and agrees to meet him. We know nothing good will come of this, and there is a clear build up.

There is finally some urgency with the colleagues as they realise Ásgeir might be in trouble, but it’s too late, he isn’t answering their calls. He is pursuing the killer who managed to take back the phone and run off. Suddenly he appears from the dark and stabs Ásgeir twice in the stomach and leaving him bleeding on the ground.

That’s the most anxiety-inducing cliff-hanger so far and a very exciting set-up for the final two episodes. We need Ásgeir to pull through. Who will turn out to be the killer and what was their motive?

Quote of the day comes after Andri has sighed “Sometimes it’s not easy being a parent”. Hínrika retorts “Sometimes it’s not easy having parents”. I’d like to know what teenage Hínrika was like.

Charlotte Carling





13 Comments Add yours

  1. Andy D says:

    Great review Charlotte. I swear to God if they kill off Ásgeir I will boycott all future series of Trapped! I’m not a massive fan of Guðrún. She seems a bit off somehow. Her finding the natal scans and waving them around was an appalling breach of privacy. I’m glad to see Aron was mature enough to understand the importance of the phone. Þórhildur’s attitude is very silly now, even she would know not to be so insensitive around her boyfriend. I found something interesting in Ketill drinking from a cup with the masonic symbol on it. Probably inconsequential but does this mean something else in Iceland?? Also special mention for Hínrika as always being the main player, she really is the star of the show. The little scene where she has it out with Ásgeir in the office and we can’t hear them was so well done.

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    1. Charlotte Carling says:

      It’s not an original concept, the cliff-hanger with a shot or otherwise injured police officer. I do hope he will be fine as each part of the trio feels essential for it to be Trapped.

      Yes, that was outrageous of Guðrún. If you accidentally see the scan, fair enough, put it back and say nothing about it. You don’t bloody tell the other colleague. Not that Ásgeir was that much better talking to Barður about lazy sperm…

      Oh, I didn’t notice the cup at all. It’s going to mean the same thing in Iceland presumably, though I don’t see it having much significance other than it’s another little detail about Ketill.

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    2. Tom says:

      Dead or alive, Ásgeir will be unable to help with the investigation in the final two episodes. No prizes for guessing who will step into the breach, now that Halla has returned to Reykjavík.

      One of the clever tricks the screenwriters used in Series 1 was to show the guilty person’s reaction – although at the time we didn’t know they were the culprit – immediately after something happened (e.g.: Eirikur’s reaction as the family discusses that the mayor had burned to death; Sigurður’s reaction as Hínrika and Ásgeir unload the the dismembered body found in the fjord). In last night’s episode, the first person we see after Vikingur’s arrest is Stefán enquiring about him. I’m sticking with my theory that Stefán’s the bad ‘un.

      Finally, it’s odd that the company is American Aluminium; in America it’s aluminum.

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      1. Charlotte Carling says:

        Well, Trausti has just been hovering around as a glorified chauffeur (not even worthy to shake hands with Jamal) since shooting that nationalist so it’s time he did some real police work again.

        I didn’t remember that about series 1 at all. Interesting!

        Yes, that British spelling caught my eye too. At first I wondered if it was on purpose and it might mean something (like the company isn’t actually American as some of the protesters claimed), but I think it’s just a slight oversight because one of the screenwriters is British.

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      2. Andy D says:

        Tom I agree on your Stefán theory, but the person who stabbed Ásgeir seemed more squat/short/bulkier? How’s about this though – he is the right age to be potentially Halla’s secret child from her father’s abuse? This season has been all about parents doing wrong by their own children…

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  2. Andy D says:

    Another thought – series one used the avalanche as a big plot device so I am expecting these tremors to result in a earthquake of some sort!


  3. Leif Samuelsson says:

    I can’t help thinking of Little My when I see Hínrika, and maybe there’s a bit of Snufkin in Barður.


    1. Charlotte Carling says:

      You’re not the only one:


  4. Leif Samuelsson says:

    The fact that some people believed in the curse does not seem far fetched in Iceland. The folklore is very rich with fairies and trolls, and roads have had to be routed to avoid areas where fairies are known to dwell.


    1. Charlotte Carling says:

      Well, folklore is one thing, but having several teenage boys attacking Aron because their family curse is causing someone’s sister to be ill is not quaint tradition. I’m willing to accept they are using belief in curses as an easy way to show fear and suspicion in a small community which is under pressure.

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  5. Sue says:

    Thanks for the review. And definitely the best quote to include! So much great stuff from Hínrika this series.

    I too was surprised by the lack lustre response from Tryggvi and hoped that Ásgeir would, for once, not be an idiot and not do what was so obviously coming. I know, the poor chap’s been stabbed, I’m being harsh!

    Although not read aloud, we could see Þórhildur had not deleted any messages (her name and winking face were still there) so… where were the alarm bells and the focus on her safety/questioning?!!! Don’t just ring Andri twice! Surely?!!! He doesn’t ‘like’ them not thinking highly of him/ trusting him… but acts in a way that further cements the breakdown. It really is a perfect reflection of us humans!

    Have definitely been thinking of Stefán as the murderer but felt ‘the stabber’ seemed to be too stocky… How puffy was the jacket….?!

    In regard to Halla’s yet to be revealed secret… It could be abuse suffered at hands of father ( less so his murder, I think) as commented by others. I wonder if Gisli and Halla had a confused but, perhaps, consensual sexual relationship as teenagers…? Perhaps the money to Jórunn could be related to her having brought up Stefán/ kept the secret…? If there’s the extra layer of a ‘hushed up’ pregnancy (from either consensual or abusive incest) that is…?

    Interesting stuff!

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