The Bridge

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air -

Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm, SBS One The story picks up 13 months af­ter emo­tion­ally dys­func­tional Swedish In­spec­tor Saga Noren (Sofia Helin, pic­tured) shoots dis­il­lu­sioned Dan­ish In­spec­tor Martin Rhode (Kim Bod­nia) to stop him from killing the psy­chopath Jens Hansen, who tor­tured and mur­dered his son Au­gust. Rhode has fallen in a heap; his mar­riage has dis­in­te­grated and he has been moved off the homi­cide squad. Noren continues as nor­mal and even finds a boyfriend but has to bor­row a book on re­la­tion­ships to find out how they work. The two haven’t met since the shoot­ing, but she calls Rhode for help when a tanker hits the Ore­sund Bridge con­nect­ing south­ern Swe­den to Den­mark. The crew has dis­ap­peared and five youths are found chained up be­low. Turns out they have a con­ta­gious form of pneu­monic plague. Team­ing up with the blunt Noren turns out to be ex­cel­lent ther­apy for Rhode. As usual, there are sev­eral sub­plots in this ex­cel­lent se­ries. Laura, a univer­sity stu­dent, is hav­ing a les­bian re­la­tion­ship with her maths teacher, and or­phan school­boy Li­nus sets him­self alight to show three bul­lies he’s as tough as them. As with most of the Scan­di­na­vian crime dra­mas hit­ting our screens, the story is multi-lay­ered and quite com­pli­cated. Add sub­ti­tles and you can’t af­ford to doze off even for a nanosec­ond. Not that you’ll want to.

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