The Bridge (Bron) –Season 3, Episodes 1 and 2
It’s back!!! It’s back!!! But Martin isn’t in it!!!
It’s hard to remember what happened in season 2. It ended on our screens in the UK in February last year. Here we are towards the end of November the following year and at last it has returned.
Can you remember what happened last time out? My blogs of last season’s episodes can also be found on this site. (ahem). At the climax Jens, who had killed Martin’s son at the end of season 1 died in prison and Saga realised that Martin had poisoned him. The series ends with Martin being taken away by the police.
As I think we all know, Martin won’t be featuring in this series. What made the previous ones so great was the relationship between him and Saga. Will it still work? We are about to find out.
I’d forgotten once again about Scandi drama’s propensity to throw loads of characters at us right from the start, so apologies if I get some names wrong. Watching, reading subtitles and taking notes isn’t the easiest thing in the world as it is.
The first shot we see of the new series is once again the beautiful Oresund Bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark. This time in the dark and illuminated. It’s a welcoming site to a familiar favourite TV programme.
We see what appears to be a building site, which two men are arriving at. They discover a table set for a meal with what looks like a family sitting round it. A mother, father and two kids. As they approach we see that it is dummies sitting round the table with lipstick smeared across their mouths and eyes. But when they see the mother figure, it is a real woman who is clearly dead.
Saga rings her boss, Hans who is in the midst of having sex with his now wife, Lillian, who had been Martin’s boss in the Danish police. They let it ring and Saga leaves a message saying that their arrangement was that she could phone him after 7am. When he arrives at the station, Saga asks where he was. When he asks for two minutes, she says “What for?” Good old Saga.
The body of the woman is identified as Danish citizen Helle Anker, who had had her heart removed. The nationality meaning that Saga will need to work with a Danish colleague on the case. The lucky lady is Hanne Thomson, who isn’t keen on working with Saga. The woman who put Martin in jail and someone she thinks is not suitable to be in the police. She has a point, but we don’t like you either.
Helle had been heavily involved with the LGBT agenda and Saga and Hanne go to interview her wife Natalie, who advises them that she had received a number of threats because of her views.
We are introduced to Lise Friis Anderson whose daughter is being bullied at school. She is unhappy with how the school is dealing with this and is teaching her daughter how to punch.
Henrik Sabroe is saying goodbye to his wife as he heads off to what it turns out is a singles club night at a museum. He seems to take drugs in his car as he leaves. He meets a woman there and goes back to her flat. He gets home and tells his wife about the experience. Very odd.
Hanne and Saga go to visit Morten Anker, the son of the dead woman from a previous marriage. They tell him that his mother has been killed to which he replies “ok thanks”. He can’t remember when he last saw her. Morten had been serving in Afghanistan and is suffering from PTSD.
Rikkard is a cleaner who has Lise’s house as one of his jobs. He has stolen a necklace from Lise’s house which she had been looking for and we see him putting it on his flat, which contains a snake and a tarantula. Nice. He later puts the necklace back on her pillow.
The police think they have found the site where Helle was killed. It’s in the back of a container at Anderson Transport and Logistics. CEO of the company Lars Anderson explains that they were loading the container and found blood in it. (That’s not Lars! That’s Kristian Kamper, the Prime Minister in Season 3 of The Killing!). He asks Saga if they could hurry up as they are holding up operations. “No.” replies our heroine.
Aleks has been released from prison and as he heads to a flat, he sees people he thinks are looking for him and legs it. We next see him digging up a patch of ground looking for money that he seems to have buried there. It’s gone. He visits a house where he is asking the man there if he knows where it is. He claims not to. Next, Aleks climbs up the outside of the flats he was first at and goes onto the balcony of what is the flat his wife and family live at. He tells her the money is gone and that he is going to run, but has an idea how to get money.
Hanne phones Saga to tell her that she has asked to be reassigned. Saga says it has not gone through yet so she will meet her at Morten’s trailer, which they have a search warrant for. There is no answer and it is locked, but they decide to enter anyway and Hanne manages to get the door open. As Saga looks about she suddenly shouts “Wait!” but it’s too late and a bomb goes off as Hanne enters. Saga phones for an ambulance as Hanne lies on the ground with part of her leg blown off.
Saga is sent home and as she arrives there, her estranged mother is outside her flat. Her mother says that “Daddy is dying” and Saga runs up to her flat and locks the door.
Henrik goes to Lillian, the Danish police boss and asks if he can be put on the Anker case. Hang on. This bloke is a policeman!! So a man who seems to be taking drugs, has an extremely questionable relationship with his wife and appears to be delusional (see issues below) is to be the steadying influence on Saga. Ideal.
Lise is appearing on TV discussing a blog that she does, where she puts up videos of her discussing issues, which included talking about how the dead woman’s views were all wrong and that gay people should not be allowed to marry in church. She also names one priest in particular who was the first to allow gay marriages in his church. She seems to have extremely right wing views and could be described as an attractive Danish version of Katie Hopkins.
As Henrik meets Saga for the first time and says what a beautiful car she has, Saga replies “Everyone says that. You’re not allowed to drive it.”
Morten is having serious issues. After holding a knife to a woman’s throat, he goes to the doctor and is shouting that he needs his anti-depressants and anxiety medications. He is constantly saying “I didn’t touch her” in relation to his mother. As he leaves the doctor’s, Henrik and Saga turn up, but he manages to escape through a window.
The priest that Lise had been talking about is found strangled with the same lipstick marks on his face tied up on a swing. The priest’s wife informs the police that he had received threats and talks about Lise’s blogs.
The man who Aleks had went to visit phones him and says they should meet. When Aleks arrives, he sees that men are there to kill him and manages to escape on his strategically placed motorbike as he is being shot at.
Saga and Henrik visit Lise who tells them she is not doing anything illegal and is very dismissive of them. We later discover that she is married to Lars, the Prime Minister, I mean the CEO of the company where the first body was murdered.
Saga goes to visit the forensic lab. She is told that there were no parts missing from the priest’s body. She has also given papers her mother gave her about her sister to the forensic doctor. He claims that there is nothing to suggest that Munchausen by proxy syndrome was evident. His professional opinion is that it could have been, but he says he believes in evidence.
As Hans leaves the office, we see a gun being pointed at his face in the car park. Then him being hit across the head with said gun. Since Hans didn’t turn up for dinner, Lillian phones the office and asks Saga to check his car is still there. Saga finds his phone and blood beside the car.
After checking through Hans’ emails, they find that he had been receiving threats (it seems everyone has) from Aleks that had just been released from prison. They head to his house and he tells them he had threatened him, but because he had forced him to grass on people to save his family and he knows nothing about Hans being kidnapped.
He is, of course, lying and has Hans tied up and is going to claim a ransom for him. In the meantime, he is heading off to deal with the man who led him to the trap where he was about be killed. As he prepares to shoot from outside the house, he sees Samira, his own wife kissing the man, with his own kids also there. He leaves the premises.
When Aleks sends the ransom video to the police , Henrik recognises a mark on the paper he used in the video as one that was in Aleks’ house. The police pile round to Aleks and search the premises, but don’t find Hans with Aleks ready to shoot as soon as the door is opened to the room he is in. The room must be well hidden.
The police depart and then we see someone opening the door to the room. Aleks shoots into the dark and is then shot by an unknown figure who then uses chloroform on Hans, which had been part of the murderer’s routine.
Two great episodes to start with and I’d forgotten how good Sofia Helin was as Saga. Great acting. I do miss Martin, but it’s still a lot better than anything else on TV at the moment and previous series have been up there with The Killing and Borgen as my favourite dramas from Scandinavia.
There might be potential in the Henrik and Saga double act. The bit when he told her about the women he had met and she asked if they had sex was well done. “Are you mistaking me for a female friend you had 20 years ago?” “I didn’t have any female friends 20 years ago.”
A lengthy review, but with so many new characters and plot lines to cover, I hope anyone reading can forgive me. Looking forward to next week!
- No mention of the shadowy figure in the last scene of the last episode from Season 2?
- Very early subtitle error with Lise at her daughter’s school saying “Done in similar things before”. Tut.
- Heavy influence of Martin when Saga was reeling off questions to Hanne to make ‘small talk’.
- Nice to see Saga still stripping down to her bra to change her top in the office.
- Henrik is in the middle of Sixth Sense isn’t he? His wife is either dead or has left him or doesn’t exist.
- Great scene where Saga’s mum turned up and she had to keep misaligning a book so she could straighten it.
- I loved Hans saying to Saga “I know you won’t like it, but I think you need a hug”.
- So nobody is allowed to drive Saga’s car, but it managed to move from one side of the street to the other on its own.
- How come everyone always manages to park exactly where they want? There always seems to be a space for Saga right outside the police station.
- Interesting to see Saga picking up a cross in the church and looking at it strangely.
- Odd moment when homophobe Lise thinks Saga looks hot in leather trousers.
- I hope Lise gets her comeuppance.
- Loved Saga’s confused face when Lillian didn’t want a hug.
- Thought Aleks would be even more likely to shoot that bloke when he saw he was with his wife.
- That was some detective work by Henrik to recognise the paper with the coffee ring on it. Keep taking the drugs!
- Amazing how easily the police found where Aleks was staying when there seems to be lots of people looking for him.
- The person at the end that shot Aleks had leather on. Lise had commented on how she liked Saga’s leather trousers?
- “I don’t like social activities” is quite a knockback when you ask someone out.“I’m not bossy, I’m efficient”. I’ll need to remember that one. And also, “Your self-image may not correspond with reality.”
- It would be nice if Saga could get past her idea that she cannot see Martin in prison as she does not socialise with criminals, but I don’t think Martin appears at all in the series.
- The gender neutral pronoun “hen” doesn’t work in Scotland, as this is how women are referred to by some.
- I’m going for Aleks’ wife Samira as heavily involved.