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Spoiled by a badly written last episode
15 September 2018
This is a nicely produced and acted series, imitating the more successful nordic noir series. It does a reasonable imitation, but fails miserably in the last episode. I had the impression that the producers told the writers to "wrap it up" in episode six and they wrote that last episode in a hurry.
Suddenly, the main characters start behaving rather stupidly... In the first four episodes there were two police professionals (an older male and a young female) competing two show each other who was the smartest and better detective; they both did a good job of this, and it was thrilling to watch them putting their skills to good use.
Halfway through episode 5, they start getting dumb... and stumble into classic clichés that make up the worst of Hollywood productions. It seems the writers ran out of steam and threw the good work they had done, out the window.
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!
In the last episode, the young woman detective manages to knock-out the bad on a beach, as he was about to shoot another woman. He lies there on the gravel, his gun dropped on the ground. A smart character would get the gun, attend to the wounded woman, call for back-up and an ambulance, right?
What does our heroine do, despite all her previously demonstrated skills? She leaves the gun next to the perp, helps the woman up, and rather than walk to her car a few yards away in a parking lot, decides to flee along the beach in the opposite direction! All the while, she does not call for an ambulance or back-up! They walk for a mile along the beach until they find an abandoned building and decide to hide inside it... Once inside the building, they pick the worst possible place to hide: an underground metal tank, with a trap door as the only way in or out! How stupid can you get?
All the time, the detective is using her phone as a flashlight... but never calls for help.
The bad guy wakes up, picks up his gun that was still lying there beside him, and runs after the two women. He sees them going into the abandoned building and immediately guesses they went into the tank. So he simply closes the door from the outside and leaves them there to die. Inside the tank, they can't get a signal to use the phone... but they could have used the phone anytime before that!
Why did the writers do that? In order to write a big closing scene in which the remaining police officers decide to use a wolf to find the two missing women... The wolf turns from bad guy into good guy, smells his way to where they are, and saves the day! It is an irritatingly stupid cliché that could definitely be much better written.