It’s been some time since we’ve seen a international TV sequence from Norway. With exhibits like Nobel and Occupied, two of our all-time favorites, Norway units excessive expectations. The Borderliner TV sequence (Grenseland in Norwegian), an eight-episode thriller, delivers crime, crooked cops, a posh case, and the true life-type characters we anticipate from Scandinavian TV exhibits. Nearly as good as all that’s, Borderliner doesn’t fairly meet the extent of its standard-bearing predecessors.
Nicolai (Tobias Santelmann) is a cop in Oslo. After implicating one other cop in a excessive profile case that earns him kudos, he’s informed to go away city for just a few weeks till issues settle down. Again house, in a smaller city near the Swedish border, his brother Lars (Benjamin Helstad) is a single dad and a cop. Their father, the previous sheriff, is now an on-and-off-again drinker, a trait that runs within the household. When Lars is just too hungover to drive after an early morning name, Nicolai takes him to the scene of an obvious suicide – somebody Lars is aware of. Nicolai shortly realizes it’s murder, not suicide, and will get drawn in to assist on the case.
Nicolai groups with Anniken (Ellen Dorrit Peterson, proper), despatched in as a extra skilled investigator from the State Police. She’s severe and targeted, by no means smiling, and her method makes Nicolai cautious of her. The sensation is mutual. A number of the native cops eagerly help, however there may be additionally resistance. As you’ll have guessed, there may be rather more to the homicide case. It’s tied into the police and the group.
Nikolai makes an unconvincing alternative on the finish of Borderliner’s first episode. Some viewers will purchase it; we didn’t. It’s central to the story and “has” to occur, nevertheless it coloured our notion for an episode or so. By halfway by Borderliner, we had been absolutely on board once more.
Anniken continues to research whereas Nicolai performs each side of the case. Occasions transfer at a gradual tempo, however by episode six, as extra layers are peeled away, the complexity deepens, the strain builds, and we overlook our earlier criticism. Suffice to say, there are twists alongside the best way. Some are telegraphed upfront, others not. As common crime drama watchers, we assume there should be a connection between the present investigation and the arrest that brought about Nicolai to go away Oslo.
As a part of the reveal, Borderliner makes use of flashbacks, going again three or six weeks as episodes start. We’ve seen the approach used extra successfully, nevertheless it serves as a pleasant reset and reminder for every chapter.
A number of writers and administrators share credit score for the Borderliner TV sequence. The present aired on Norway’s TV2 late in 2017. As of March 6, 2018, all eight episodes, about 45 minutes every, are on Netflix within the US. For nordic noir followers, it’s a must-see.
Borderliner TV sequence trailer
In Norwegian, with out subtitles, in order to not reveal an excessive amount of!