The Bridge: Series 1 & 2 [DVD]
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The first and second series of the Scandinavian crime drama following the joint efforts of Danish and Swedish police officers to solve murders that take place along the border of the two countries. In the first series, when a woman's body is found on a bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark, inevitable questions are raised regarding which of the two nations has jurisdiction over the crime and should lead the subsequent investigation. A compromise is reached involving law officers from both Malmö and Copenhagen, the affected cities. Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) and Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia) will have to put their differences aside and work together if they are to put an end to the designs of a brutal and calculating killer. In the second series, 13 months since they last worked together, Swedish detective Norén and Danish detective Rohde pair up again when a ship crashes into the Oresund Bridge. The vessel is empty except for five kidnap victims and when they die from pneumonic plague the case turns into a murder investigation. Saga and Martin learn that eco-terrorists are responsible for the incident and soon further attacks occur. Can the duo find the culprits before more victims are taken? Meanwhile, Martin has been trying to adjust to life after suffering the loss of a loved one but some devastating news from his wife motivates him to seek revenge...
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UPDATE (December 2015): My concerns about Series 3 in the absence of Kim Bodnia were wide of the mark. For my money this latest series, with Sofia Helin's Saga joined by new partner Henrik (Thure Lindhardt), added a new dimension to this brilliant Scandi noir series and I rate it one of the very best things on television through 2015. The complicated multiple-murder plot was less interesting than the developing relationship between and psychological examination of Saga and Henrik and, by comparison, the interplay between Saga and Martin in Series 1 and 2 was less interesting. That the marvellous weekly Guardian blog on the series was attracting in excess of 1,000 comments a week is testimony to the huge impact The Bridge has had! I'm not normally a fan of sequels, but I really hope we do get a fourth series of The Bridge - and maybe Kim Bodnia might make a brief reappearance? I watched Series 3 on BBC4 as it was broadcast, but if you haven't yet caught up with The Bridge you should go for the complete Bridge trilogy, preferably on blu-ray The Bridge Trilogy [Blu-Ray] or otherwise on DVD The Bridge Trilogy [DVD].
I can think of no other series that combines a breathtaking, labyrynthine story with perfect casting and acting that exudes convincing emotional depth; ironic bearing in mind Saga displays almost no emotion at all.
Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia are the two leads; and I should probably confess that I could hardly be more mesmerised by the way Sofia Helin portrays Malmo Police`s Saga Noren. She is...well, enigmatic does not do her justice. Asperger`s? Possibly, probably, but it isn`t confirmed. Whatever her quirks, I can`t think of anyone I have been more drawn to in a television series. Martin Rohde - Saga`s Danish counterpart - is a man with many flaws, but is still strangely loveable. He`ll be missed in Season 3.
My wife and I travelled to Copenhagen and Malmo as a result of this, as I had to see the Oresund Bridge!
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