THE TEAM S1
(NORDIC NOIR & BEYOND) OUT NOW
When crime no longer stops at international borders, police forces in different countries have to work together. That’s the premise behind Peter Thorsboe and Mai Brostrom’s The Team – which, while lacking the innocent exuberance of 1980s action series The A-team, is a solid attempt to show how technology and human reason can ensure justice for victims of crime, regardless of geography and judicial borders.
Lars Mikkelsen — chilling in Sherlock — here plays good-natured Harald Bjorn, an internationally acknowledged expert in organised crime who links up with Antwerp-based Alicia Verbeeck (Veerle Baetens) and Berlin-based Jackie Mueller (Jasmin Gerat) as they slowly build a case against Marius Loukauskis (Nicholas Ofczarek), a Lithuanian billionaire up to his eyes in human trafficking, forced labour and murder.
The narrative pace across the eight episodes may be slow for some, while it’s a sign of the times that this multi-language, country-jumping storyline lacks a sense of distinct locations and scale. But it would seem that police procedures are, in fact, not actually that different around the world.
It’s likeeurovision without the tactical voting. Or the songs.