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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable entertainment let down by below par subtitling, 9 April 2013
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This review is from: The Protectors: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
I enjoyed this series. Each story is told over 2 episodes and there is character development throughout the series. A bit like Spooks in part with the surveillance and bugging. Acting is good with a balanced mix of characters.

Entertaining plot lines, if a bit formulaic, and in some instances unbelievable (would newly qualified bodyguards really be given such high profile assignments?) There was a greater focus on immigration and integration than I expected. The last story was probably the weakest, but did have the most English spoken if you were getting fed up of subtitles.

Now, it was the subtitles that let this series down. Having lived in Denmark years ago I can still remember some Danish. Most of the subtitling was OK, but it lacked subtlety and in some instances accuracy. On occasion it did not reflect the intricacies of the personal relationships and the plots, which detracted from my enjoyment of the series. Whoever did the subtitling seemed to take a 'less is more' approach, settling for the broad meaning rather than a faithful translation of what was being said. For example in response to a question someone replied in Danish 'good enough' but the translation was 'yes'. Some dialogue wasn't translated at all. I found this very irritating.

The subtitiling for 'The Killing' and 'The Bridge' was much better.

Still if you want some non-demanding entertainment (and don't speak Danish), this is worth watching.
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