Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Bridge II: 3 & 4 - The eco-terrorists are dead but someone's still not done with the animal heads

It's never nice, or indeed very normal, to be pleased someone's died, but in story-terms the death of the four eco-terrorists in The Bridge was a relief. Now we can, at least, stop worrying about orphan Linus' childcare at the hands of his under-pressure elder brother Niklas, who was too busy being forced into trouble by group leader Mads.

We trust Linus is now safe and within the care of Copenhagen social services - and will never be heard of again.

It was a shock to have them killed off so soon, but right - anymore of mad Mads and Mathilde and co, and they might have become irritating. And you can only watch so many home-made videos of people in animal heads before they lose their menace and just become annoying.

Although whoever is behind it all is getting them out again for another go.

'Hazelnut allergy'

Linus (left) is poorly comforted by shifty Rasmus
Poisoned and found in a container (translated as 'container' in both Swedish and Danish) it's clear there's some sort of 'Mr Big' behind the murder of the four, and earlier fears that an imprisoned Jens - season one's main villain - may be the boss have now been reduced, at least temporarily.

What's more alarming are the actions of police officer Rasmus, who has changed evidence to avoid being discovered as the man who was attacked outside the flat of Kattis, one of the now dead eco-terrorists. What was he doing there? Kattis had told Niklas she had called the police but why did Rasmus visit the flat alone and why do his colleagues not know about the call?

Rasmus didn't try all that hard to cover his tracks - merely changing the colour of the jacket in the witness's description of the victim, changing it from 'black' to 'blue'. And this man is a police officer? What the witness needed to say was that he's like a slimmer Matt Berry, the comedy actor in A Toast of London, or perhaps The IT Crowd? Or maybe they don't have that in Denmark.

Saga's computer-like brain is onto him anyway: her suspicions aroused with his poor absence-explaining reason about having to go to hospital after having an allergic reaction to a hazelnut. That should click into place in Saga's brain by about, ooh, episode 8 as Pernille brings in a nut-based cake to mark her birthday and Rasmus enjoys a slice without his face beginning to swell.

'Mother of One'
Laura on the phone: She's since been shot in the head

And Julian, brother of Mathilde, one of the murdered four, is also involved in the plot, perhaps further up the chain than the eco-terrorists, but still only 'middle management'.

He bribed his employee Laura to help him video a meeting with his mysterious online-chat friend known as Mother of One, or at least a representative of this person, which lead to the disappearance of Julian, and the shooting of Laura, further thickening the plot.

But the criminal being on the end of an online chat was a tactic used by Jens last season. It can't be him again, can it? No - tv-ooh is thinking not.

Taking shape too is Caroline's storyline. Her sex-obsessed sister Bodil passed her the number of a male prostitute, Claudio. Caroline gave it a go but found dashing Lotharios with repressed anger not really her thing, but her husband, Alexander, found their dirty wine glasses in the sink - and what's his story? He'd bought his wife a surprise 'boob job' operation for her birthday, and she wasn't overly pleased - but there is more to unfold here, way beyond the buoyancy of Caroline's 45-year-old breasts.
Claudio fails to seduce Caroline, but charges her 1,500k anyway

There is, however, much less interest in her struggle to find a suitable 'keynote speaker' (translated as 'keynote speaker' in both Swedish and Danish) for some conference or other she's organising.

Let's hope this particular plot strand is going somewhere.

Elsewhere, and in many ways most importantly, there's still satisfying glimpses into both Saga's and Martin's respective home lives. Saga's live-in partner Jacob is trying his best, walking around in his cartoon-adorned pants, but he's still working out how to understand her ways; while Martin is missing his family but unable to let go of his anger towards Jens. Well you wouldn't, would you. He's clearly not the man he was - a discussion between him and Saga about his sex life revealed he's not having all that much of it; a pity for work colleague Pernille, who's got the hots for him.

Saga and Martin remain the heart at the centre of the show, and it's their rapport and character that hold all the drama together - the fun is not just in seeing what happens next, but how Saga and Martin respond to it. Can't wait for the next pair of episodes.

Related stories:

The Bridge II: Episodes 1 & 2 - More terrorists with a penchant for elaborate point-making theatre?

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