The Bridge (Bron/Broen) –Season 4, Episode 2
So, for those who managed to avoid BBC2’s immediate spoiler at the end of episode one, Saga survived the attack in prison. Henrik visits her in hospital and she wants to get back to work right away.
We see a young homeless girl collapse in the street and as passers by look to help her, her partner in crime pickpockets them as their attention is diverted. It’s not clear which, if any, is the Artful Dodger but there is no sign of Fagin.
Silas, the owner of the club (Kenny/Ronnie man) is being interviewed by Henrik and admits that the murdered Margrethe had been at his club to visit Taariq, the man to be deported, and was trying to help him. He refuses to say where Taariq might be now.
Saga is leaving hospital and we see her full transformation, getting on the leather trousers, boots and overcoat before she goes and gets the Porsche. As we see her driving along with the wind in her hair, a smile creeps upon her face. Or as close to a smile as Saga is capable of. After two years in prison and being stabbed, she seems to be back to how she was before, and all is ok. But she isn’t. More on that later.
Saga gets her police badge back and her boss Linn agrees with Henrik’s boss Lillian that she can help the Danes with the murder case. There’s a great moment as Linn tells Saga and says she should familiarise herself with the case. Saga, while still sitting at her boss’s desk, opens the file and begins spreading all the papers over it.
Journalist Richard, who we last saw being attacked from behind seems to be ok and explains to brother Patrik that it had been a jealous ex of Robin S, the girl that Patrik had slept with when pretending to be his brother, who had beaten him up.
Saga and Henrik go to interview Niels, husband of the murdered woman. When they leave, he phones someone and tells them that “they know nothing” (presumably the police) and “stick to the plan.”
The two pickpockets have arranged to sell a passport which they stole and when a man turns up to buy it, he tries to take it from them without paying. (The man played Joachim in Below the Surface sporting a truly ridiculous looking ponytail). Taariq is washing dishes in a nearby restaurant and comes to their rescue. It’s a bit of a surprise that the man backed off, but he was clearly duped into thinking it was a real gun that Taariq had.
It was interesting that there was an out and out joke when Taarig had asked them if he could have the passport. We haven’t really had any jokes since Martin in Season 1.
Creepy bloke, who is called Frank, takes the cabbie’s wife and son (Sofie and Christoffer) to what appears to be a compound with robotic looking people and moves them into a house within it. They later meet with the white-haired witch woman (who seems to own the compound) and she tells them that the last tenants broke the rules, which seem to be that you have to be as good as you can be. Very sinister.
Taariq is caught by our heroes and confirms that Margrethe was trying to help him at the club. She received a call when there which seemed to upset her. Saga and Henrik discover that the call came from the phone Taariq had and he tells them that two girls he didn’t know gave it to him and they must have stolen it (the pickpockets). Sounds legit. And it is, but they don’t know that. The police decide they need to try and find the girls in case what he says is true, because that could be the murderer’s phone, and they can’t risk ignoring it.
Non-journalist twin Patrik has a job at the hospital cheering up kids by visiting them dressed as a clown. When he visits new character Leonora Ramberg she freaks out. Her dad (I think) explains to Patrik she is terrified of clowns.
Richard was sitting in his jacuzzi in his garden when a hooded figure appeared and was shining a flashing red light at him. (Were they filming him?) As he tries to get out of the tub he is electrocuted as he touches the metal steps.
Saga is still looking at the papers about the disappearance of Henrik’s girls and speaks to Lise, a friend of his dead wife, Alice. She talks about a male colleague that Alice was friendly with. Saga gets a call while there and says to Lise, “I need to go, you’ll have to pay”. Is Saga from *insert place where you consider the people to be mean*?
With her always diplomatic ways, Saga is unhappy with the job the IT woman is doing at the Danish police, so brings our old friend John Lundqvist in from Sweden.
Lillian tells Henrik and Saga to text Red October from Richard’s phone and try and set up a meeting. She’s pretty sure that it wasn’t them who killed him then? When they go to the hotel Richard is under protection in, the guards and Richard are gone. As they drive away, Saga has what looks like a massive anxiety attack and she must stop, unable to breathe. She really isn’t ready for all this.
We end with Niels receiving an envelope at his home from the window of a car which contains what looks like police crime scene photographs of his wife’s murder.
Another fine episode. Another long wait until the next one.
- It doesn’t appear that Saga actually died and is another of Henrik’s manifestations, as she has been interacting with others. Although Henrik could still wake up in the shower in the final episode and it’s all been a dream.
- I expect everyone watching was shouting that the two pickpockets were Henrik’s daughters. Hopefully not. It’s far too obvious for The Bridge.
- If the pickpockets had used that tactic in London, the one who feigned fainting would probably have laid there for about 5 hours before anyone would have stopped to see if she was ok.
- Is Lillian sponsored by a fashion house?
- Saga putting on her crimefighting gear and getting into the Sagamobile was like watching any superhero movie where they get into costume.
- Fire up the quattro! Eh, I mean Porsche.
- It was odd how the Red October Group posted online that they weren’t responsible for the murder and everyone seemed to believe them.
- Robin S has aged well since her early 90s hit ‘Show Me Love.’
- Many great Saga moments, such as rearranging all the photos of the suspects on the wall as soon as she arrived at the Danish police station.
- Yet more ScandiBingo with the sighting of Below the Surface’s Michael Asmussen.
- Saga refusing Henrik’s offer to stay at his place saying it is because “you live there” must have been a sore one for him.
- Has there ever been worse haircuts on so many people in a TV series?
- Jealous Jonas trying to undermine Saga with Lillian is likely to increase.
- Although there were a few candidates, Jonas’ most irritating line this week was “Equality over competence. It wouldn’t be the first time, right?”
- Taariq told the police that the pickpockets were about 14 or 15. They looked a lot older than that to me!
- Just in case The Bridge isn’t scary enough for you, they are now starting to try and frighten people by covering common phobias with introducing clowns. Next week, spiders.
- Amazing that Patrik thinks that pretending to be a journalist will get him more sex than telling women he actually tries to cheer kids up in hospital.
- They don’t have any clowns in the NHS in the UK. (Jeremy Hunt not included).
- There’s something not quite right about the man in the wheelchair Henrik speaks to at Narcotics Anonymous.
- Saga immediately looking for a flat post coitus was another hard one for Henrik. (No pun intended.)
- It was very Saga, but her response to Henrik saying, “I’m glad you’re here” of “Yes, you said”, was probably the worst thing she could have replied.
- How can you electrocute someone with something that is already partly submerged in water?
- Could it have been Leonora, the young girl in hospital who electrocuted him, thinking it was Patrik? That’ll teach him to dress as a clown.
- Are we 100% sure that was Patrik and not Richard?
- Are the previous tenants of Creepytown who broke the rules, Henrik’s wife and daughters?
- I’m convinced Jonas deliberately sat at the desk Saga had used as he knew she’d want the same one.
- Pretty harrowing scene when Saga was having flashbacks about the man who committed suicide in season 3 with the paperclip he stole from her.
- Saga’s shooting being slightly off is going to have repercussions isn’t it?
- Alice’s male colleague is going to be creepy Frank isn’t it?
- Good to see the return of the pathologist.
- Who did Niels get those photos from? Jonas perhaps?
- If I was forced to hotdesk, I’d probably have a breakdown too.
- Two episodes, two sights of Saga’s underwear.
- We also got two “Saga Norén, Länskrim Malmö”. Always a joy.
- I wonder if Christoffer has seen the film ‘Get Out.’
- Could Saga be pregnant?
- BBC2 seemed to have learned their lesson regarding trailers.
- The Bridge has more red herrings than anything I’ve ever watched, so don’t believe any theories of mine.
- One episode a week isn’t enough.