So this is the second edition of my ranting raving or rambling feature and this time I have chosen to rave about the television series “the bridge” (Bron in Swedish/Broen in Danish). If you haven’t heard about the series yet I don’t know where you have been hiding. (I actually don’t know if this show is popular outside Europe, so let me know in the comments if you have more intel about this!)
For those of you who have never known or temporarily forgotten what the series are about, let me tell you real quick. It’s a Danish-Swedish crime series. One season equals one crime (or criminal to be more accurate).
Here in Belgium the series has become very popular and the second season is now currently running on television (after a re-run of the first season of course). It’s definitely not the only Scandinavian series that has gained popularity here, “the killing” and “Wallander” (based on a series of great books) are just two other crime-centered shows.
I really like all of these shows, but seeing as I’m raving about “the bridge” here, let me stick to that one. First of I really like how there isn’t one crime per episode. This leaves a lot more room for complexity in characters and storylines. It gives so much more depth to the show and that’s something I really enjoy (don’t get me wrong, sometimes I like it short and easy as well). The characters are so rich and have so many layers, it’s just fun to get to know them better with every episode. Secondly, and this is a lot more personal, I’m a big fan of Scandinavia. This summer I went to Finland, I’m hoping to go to Denmark in October and I’ve been dying to go to Sweden for a long time. So it’s safe to say that I also like the show because I was just destined to ;) My third reason is language! I love Danish and Swedish and want to learn how to speak them one day (soon!). And last, but definitely not least, the cinematic side of the show! Because one season only focusses on one criminal there is enough time to get beautiful shots in every episode. They give you time to get the feel for the situations at hand.
So have you heard of this series? Have you watched it? Will you be watching it?