Returning after a little break thanks to the Winter Paralympics, Before We Die returned this week to bring us the penultimate episode in the season. Revelations well and truly abound, loyalties are tested to the limit, plotlines make absolutely no sense, characters are double then triple-crossed and somewhere on the Baltic Sea there is a submarine filled with heroin chugging toward Sweden that’s going to cause everybody a headache.
Danish thriller, Below The Surface, started off well last week, as you would expect from a series that has been created by the person behind Dicte, and executively produced by the writers of The Killing and Borgen. On the, ahem, surface it was full of familiar stuff from every hostage drama you’ve ever seen, but this is Scandi Noir, and nothing is ever as it seems. Continue reading
Any crime drama that features The Killing’s Søren Sveistrup and Borgen’s Adam Price as executive producers (along with Meta Louise Foldager Sorensen (A Royal Affair)), and is created by Dicte’s Kasper Barfoed, demands a look right from the get-go. It’s like Danish drama royalty getting together for a project. Add in lots of actors you instantly recognise, and Below The Surface (Gidseltagningen) has all the hallmarks of a hit. Continue reading
It’s easy for me to forget, but I’ve been reviewing Before We Die since early January this year, and though the labyrinthine crime drama might be slowly drawing to it’s eventual conclusion, it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s in a hurry to do so. Stretched across ten episodes, it’s glacial pace has been the show’s major drawback since it began, and whilst slow-burning narratives can be an enrichment to a story’s characters when they are being properly developed, it never seems that anybody actually learns anything about themselves on this show for the betterment of the story or the audience – not least of all the hugely frustrating key pairing of Christian and his mum from hell, Hanna.
For a good while now, Our Charlotte has been telling me how good Icelandic series Fangar is (Prisoners in English). We merrily speculated whether it would make its way to the UK and on what channel – the BBC? Walter Presents? Now we know. Continue reading
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So here we are, then. Another sub-standard and frankly ridiculous series of Modus is (almost) in the books. I say that with (almost) a heavy heart because I do like the characters of Inger Johanne Vik and Ingvar Nyman; it’s just a shame that they’re involved in such convoluted, cheesy and overwrought nonsense. Still, we do have a finale to process, so let’s get to it. Continue reading
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And so it came to this. The series finale of Rebecka Martinsson had a bit of everything: drama, humour, heartbreak and even a Lassie moment. It’s been that kind of show and, despite all the potentially silly bits, this has been an immensely watchable series, and the finale lived up to that billing. Continue reading