Nordic Noir is one of the great exports from Scandinavia in the past decades. Viewers binge-watch series such as The Killing (the original version), The Bridge, and Trapped. It’s the fine combination of a good story, excellent atmosphere and fine acting keeps one hooked.
Trapped takes place in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. Both seasons, in ten episodes, take a slow pace. It’s not the action that matters, it’s the story. In the first season, the police discover a murder shortly after the ferry from Denmark arrives. And before you know it, a snowstorm isolates the town from the rest of the world. The atmosphere is dark and grim and the character development adds to the richness of the story. Do watch this season before moving on to the second, it is worth the while.
The Second Season
The second season is hauled as even more spectacular than the first. The story opens with a strong, grisly scene with a man called Gisli. But this is not a rewriting of the saga. It is not about outlaws, but complex family relationships intricately woven together with contemporary issues such as environment, politics, migrants, and sexuality.
In addition, this season also continues the strong elements of the first. This time, the hills and mountains are barren, green and brown. They exude a hauting feeling, perhaps even more so than when covered in snow.
In terms of characters, the one most obviously and lovingly developed is that of Henrika. She is no longer Andri’s side-kick, but a local police chief in her own right. The responsibilities and tough decisions we saw Andri struggle with in the first season are now for her to deal with. In effect, her personal and professional relationship with Andri is now more balanced in their quest for the truth. If there is a loose end, it is perhaps Andri’s daughter whose storyline does not fully match a natural course of action (watch that mobile phone).
At times, the complexity of the storylines can be overwhelming, but the fine skill of the screenwriters keeps everything together.
For more information episode by episode, read a fine set of reviews on The Killing Times.