REVIEW Blinded: Those Who Kill (S2 E7&8/8)

This Danish series has improved upon its first series, of that there is little doubt.

Characters have been better drawn, with more depth; and the story has been an intriguing one.

However, it hasn’t been perfect, with several infuriating elements and plot-points to contend with. And tonight, in its final two episodes, it stumbled yet again while delivering an intense and rather good final act and, subsequently, a final scene that was ambiguous in terms of delivering justice to a serial killer, albeit a serial killer with nuance and three-dimensional parts of his character.

As we all know, at the end of episode six Louise Bergstein – unknowingly – made a huge mistake. After a short period of flirting with Peter Vigne, she slept with him.

It’s pretty fair to say that she would find out sooner or later who Peter Vigne really was, and what a mistake she had made. I honestly thought they would drag her affair with Peter out until the last moment, but when Johannes found that his father had had entertained a woman for the night he wasn’t best pleased and that more or less put the kibosh on things.

However, Louise ended it before it had really started, and told Peter that she wasn’t going to stay in Funen for much longer. She also told him that she was working on an investigation and that she was a profiler.

Where you can forgive Louise for sleeping with a man whose identity she had no clue about, she did make a huge mistake by telling Peter what she did for a living.

Peter, now feeling some heat, sneaked into Louise’s holiday apartment, and saw photographs from the investigation (first Alice, now Peter… don’t take case photos home, Louise, for God’s sake!). In those photographs he saw that he was gloveless on one hand, and realised that he had left a glove behind at the scene.

Karina and Louise had also seen this, and Karina – after locating the glove at the boating house – was attacked by Peter, who left her with a black eye and left with the incriminating glove.

Now then, let’s go back to Louise.

She fell into the trap so many main characters have in recent crime dramas do – she decided to keep schtum about sleeping with Peter, even though it wasn’t her fault she didn’t know who he was. Surely she would have received only a ticking off, because no way this was a sackable offence. Instead, she lied. And repeatedly lied.

Even when she made the connection between past victim – university professor Martin – (I mean, why didn’t they investigate Martin’s background, and know he was a university professor, and what he taught, and why Peter originally attacked him after they interviewed him way back in episode whatever-it-was?), she chose to lie to Karina.

It took Johannes to reveal to Karina the truth, and, naturally, she was not best pleased.

With all this being said, as I mentioned earlier, the final act was really good.

After kidnapping the returning Masja, Peter returned to Louise’s holiday apartment to confront her. It was a great scene, where Peter insisted – angrily – that Louise tell him why she thought he was the man he was. He was goading her, testing her… and she calmly passed it. She recounted his life story and surmised why he killed the way he did.

It was not only riveting, but also served a purpose – to give Peter greater depth, and to recap the reasons why he was a killer. In a very shrewd (and brave) move, Louise told him that he had to decide how he would end this story. For a man who lost control of his life and those around him, being told he now had control might just have saved Louise’s life.

It was a tense, compelling scene.

In tears, and expressing remorse for his son, he did what we’ve seen him do throughout this series… he ran.

As the police arrived, he cut a swathe through wheat fields until he came to the edge of a busy road. Perhaps realising there was no way out, he stepped out in front of a lorry. That was the way he decided to end his story.

Was this real justice? Perhaps. Some would argue yes, while others may argue that by giving him control of the end game, it was also giving him a way out when he didn’t deserve one.

So an ambiguous ending, to an interesting, well-played series. Yes, it had its flaws but I found this very watchable. I thought Tobias Santelmann as Peter was superb, and I enjoyed and appreciated the way the series tried to make him a rounded character, not a pastiche.

It takes a brave series to present the identity of the killer in the first couple of episodes and keep the audience with it, and while it wasn’t a Scandi classic it certainly had its moments.

Paul Hirons

Episodes rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Series rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

READ MORE: OUR EPISODES ONE AND TWO REVIEW

READ MORE: OUR EPISODES THREE AND FOUR REVIEW

READ MORE: OUR EPISODES FIVE AND SIX REVIEW

Blinded: Those Who Kill is on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer in its entirety in the UK

7 Comments Add yours

  1. DH says:

    If I ever found something about this series lagging, Santelmann inevitably brought my attention back.I’d say I hope he returns if they have another series, but obviously that’s not an option. The final scene with him and Louise also helped redeem Louise’s character a lot. There was a fair amount of bungling along the way, but in the end, her ability to read Peter showed that she’s good at the psychology part of her job.

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  2. John Dutton says:

    Despite scoffing a bit at all the contrived accidental happenings – and there were a lot of them – it turned out to be a pretty ok series I felt. I had Johannes down for shopping/killing his Dad with at least Karina becoming another victim. But, in the end, a good final encounter redeemed it all. 3.5 stars about right.

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  3. Elaine says:

    Thought the ending was strong, although I did roll my eyes when he turned up at Louise’s house, as somehow she would be redeemed, after a catalogue of errors (mainly involving photos, but lying too). I was pleased that the Police did sort of redeem theirselves after being pretty poor at times, and I thought the scene where Karina was getting the glove was very tense. At least it avoided a lot of the tropes; no daughters in danger, police officer seemingly has stable and happy home life, police team get on well, but it was very uneven and probably could have been tighter, maybe 6 episodes would have been better, and my rating is 3 stars. Thank you for the reviews.

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  4. Keith says:

    I still say this is actually Series 3 and that it is not a patch on the original 2011 Danish TV series (but then again that did have Lars Mikkelsen at the helm) but it was at least more rounded than the first time we saw Louise Bergstein in action.

    It didn’t really grip me though and I found I wasn’t sufficiently invested in the characters to really care much about what happened. Maybe it was the way they seemed to miss what was in front of their eyes and then suddenly, and seemingly randomly, finding a massive pointer to take them forward (such as the glove).

    Maybe it was because we knew the killer from the start and so the trail the police would follow needed to be stronger for it to be convincing.

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    1. larmoct says:

      Elaine. I totally agree with your review overall. I like your comments about rolling your eyes when the killer went to Louise’s house. Also, I am so pleased that someone else dislikes the “daughters in danger” trope that so many U.S. and Western European TV writers include in their TV series plots. I think it is lazy writing and insulting to women of a particular age. I wish I had a dollar for every TV series that includes “troubled, fragile, recalcitrant or just plain stupid” teenaged girls to further their plots. I think your thoughts about the series having six episodes being better is correct, and I too will be giving the series three stars in my review. Stay well.

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  5. Halebank Pat says:

    Short and simple I enjoyed this series

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  6. larmoct says:

    I would have enjoyed this series so much more, if the series writers had not revealed the murderer’s identity in the first episode. Considering that the series has eight episodes, I think the killer could have been identified in later episodes, or more gradually introduced. I do like the fact that the plot gave so much time to the murder’s character, and the actor, Tobias Santelmann, played the part perfectly. I actually felt some empathy for the character, in spite of the fact that he was so brutal when committing his murders. On the other hand, I found the central character to be kind of vapid, uninteresting and remote. Her low key personality lacked any intensity in spite of a distant connection to one of the murder victims, through his mother. My biggest problem with the series is the list of “coincidental” meetings of cast members, and contrived events used to propel the plot forward. I think there is some really lazy writing present in this series.

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