Borgen Series 3: Episodes 7 and 8 – The Fall, If You Never Change Your Mind
In previous series of Borgen, I seem to recall a number of characters crying on a pretty regular basis. As several things came to a head tonight, it was noticeable that not a tear was shed.
Our heroine Birgitte Nyborg had a terrible time of things in this evening’s opening episode. As well as coming to terms with the worry of her health, and trying to deal with it without telling anyone (her daily radiotherapy sessions being covered by her pretending to go to the gym), she had a nightmare of a live TV debate when pressed on her economic policy, of which she knew nothing. This came about as a result of her being too tired and sore to properly listen to the expertise of the unexpectedly returning Søren Ravn (Troels is back!) detailing what she should say.
The always immaculate Birgitte seemed to be going through a bit of a crisis in the wardrobe takes as well as she seemed to keep wearing what looked like suits where the jacket and skirt were not the same colour.
The “relationship” between Torben and Pia continued to a degree, but as Torben seemed to be backing off, his wife got suspicious. Things were starting to affect their work and Pia ran off whenever she got any kind of criticism or anyone questioned her about anything.
The end of the first episode saw Nyborg tell her children about her condition.
The second episode saw the New Democrats trying to claw back some credibility following their leader’s disastrous TV appearance. This was being undermined by their inability to get any media attention following her performance and their size as a party. Problems further developed when their ideas for policies were getting stolen, word for word by Birgitte’s old party.
It turned out that the one who always seemed to be almost in love with the party leader, Nete, was the one leaking info to the Moderates. The clues were certainly there during the episode.
An episode is a long time in Danish politics though, and following Birgitte telling her party about her treatments, and that she wanted to keep it between them, news reached them that a tabloid paper had found out she was ill. This led to her telling all and garnered a lot of sympathy. At the next all party TV debate, she announced that her party would go it alone and not align themselves to either of the lead sides. This resulted in a packed out hall for the parties rally.
Increasing pressure from the loathsome TV boss Alex and then his wife kicking him out after Torben did not follow through with transferring Pia led to his been coming for weeks breakdown, at the end of presenting a show with the stations pin-up boy Ulrik.
Lots of other stories going on again, with Ulrik being played by the Freedom Party’s Benedikte Nedergaard, (the lovely Marie Askehave) and immediately playing her right back. Birgitte’s knight in shining armour, Jeremy came riding into Copenhagen to support her, from whatever other country he had been in. (Geography between them has been a lot better than chemistry).
Issues this week:
- The flirting between Katrine and Soren continued, although a point was certainly made when she went to his house to ask for his help and found out he had a son at high school, highlighted the age gap. This made it a bit unexpected when she had clearly slept with him at the end of the second episode.
- Torben admitting almost immediately to his wife that he was having an affair and then telling her it was Pia when she pressed him seemed a bit too easy.
- Kaspar (with more hair again this week) had a very small role in these episodes, but first the first time gave Katrine some advice in relation to being a spin doctor. How he hasn’t done this before is beyond me given his experience and her lack of it.
- Spelling “flounder” as “founder”. Although expressions often appear that I’m sure don’t exist in Denmark, spelling mistakes are not on!
- It was far too obvious that Nete was the one who was giving information to the Moderates.
- How did the Express find out Birgitte was ill?
So one week left. How’s it going to end? The Scandinavians don’t tend to go for the Hollywood happy ever after endings, so the New Democrats winning the election seems unlikely (and would be unfeasible). I doubt Birgitte’s health scare is over and knowing it’s the last series may not mean good new there. Maybe a win for her party and then she dies? That would be the worst case scenario.