THE TEAM S1

(NORDIC NOIR & BEYOND) OUT NOW

Crime Scene - - POST MORTEM - By PAUL F. COCK­BURN

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.

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