There are people out there who won’t give subtitled television a chance.
The idea is that you’d be ‘reading’ rather than ‘watching’ the TV.
Take The Bridge for example.
A joint Danish and Swedish effort, this is a crime drama that has so far run for two seasons since 2011.
And it’s brilliant.
Season One deals with a cross-border serial killer whose style is to bring some of society’s inequalities to the surface (i.e. he kills homeless people to emphasise how society doesn’t care about them etc).
Season Two concerns eco-terrorism.
Both run for an engaging 10 episodes each and have plots that neither outstay their welcome nor leave anything out. Everything and everyone in the show is in it for a reason, and all story-arcs are fully explored.
What I would say is best out it though is the way the two lead characters – the socially unaware Aspergers-suffering Swedish detective, Saga Noren and the friendly and emotional Danish cop, Martin Rohde – are written and performed.
Both characters work so well together, and Noren especially (played superbly by Sofia Helin) is just a revelation. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone like her in TV before, at least not in a lead role. It’s her bluntness and inability to understand how some of the things she says and does aren’t ‘socially acceptable’ (such as openly discussing her sex life or misreading sarcasm) that make her such a joy to watch.
And that’s the key here. You soon forget that you are reading subtitles and just become engrossed in each episode.
Without question, this is a show you’ll want to watch, and you can find it on NetFlix if it does interest you.
I can’t wait until Season 3!
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I’ve just released my second book – Stuart Reviews Doctor Who: Book Two – The Modern Era.
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