EuroNoir roundup 2: Spin S2, Occupied S1 E2-10, Trapped S1 E3-4, Follow The Money S1 E1-4, Blue Eyes S1 E1

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Apologies for March having been such a quiet time here on Taking The Short View. Unfortunately I’ve had a lot of work on, and even if I hadn’t there has been something of a dearth of subjects that I’ve been motivated to write about this month. But I’ll try and make up for it with a little flurry of end-of-month activity, brought to you courtesy of the extra free time made available courtesy of the Easter long weekend in the UK.

I’ll start with a pick-up post following on from a previous entry made in the middle of January, as we continued to be inundated by all manner of new European drama offerings across multiple channels… Read the rest of this entry »

Trapped S1 E1+2 (BBC Four)

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trapped-1Following on from the end of the most recent seasons of The Bridge and Young Montalbano, Icelandic thriller Trapped (Ófærð) is the latest offering in BBC Four’s Saturday night EuroNoir slot. The first two of ten episodes aired in the UK last weekend and received generally rave reviews, some newspapers going so far as to suggest that this was the best subtitled drama to come out of Europe since Forbrydelsen.

I’ve held fire on posting a review this week, for the simple reason that I’m not quite sure what to say about it. It’s not that I didn’t like Trapped, but it is the case that I certainly didn’t love it anywhere near as much as I expected to, especially given my particular penchant for thrillers set in snow and ice. Instead I’m curiously rather ambivalent about the whole thing, enough to makes me wonder whether I might actually have reached Peak Nordic saturation point. Read the rest of this entry »