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Blu-ray Review: The Bridge: Series 2

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★★★★☆

In the spring of  2012, BBC Four aired the Danish/Swedish co-production The Bridge. It went out in their Saturday night slot, an intelligent corner of the schedules that had been home to other Scandinavian imports such as The Killing and Borgen. As was the case with those previous two series, The Bridge won both critical and audience acclaim. Viewers became addicted to its eye-wateringly intense serial killer/terrorist plot and the chemistry between Saga Norén and Martin Rohde, the two coppers assigned to the case.

As Series 2 opens up, Saga, famous for her blunt delivery and people skills that could be called borderline-Asperger’s, has tried to change herself. She is now in a committed relationship and tries to communicate better with her work colleagues and the public. Soon she is thrown together with Rohde once again when a group of terrorists start up a terrifying series of events that include trying to infect Sweden with the plague.

Whilst it is true the original frisson of excitement may be missing from this second outing, The Bridge Series 2 doesn’t disappoint with its seemingly-effortless mix of humour, heart, horror and suspense. It’s a difficult mixture to get right and actors Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia succeed once again in becoming the biggest draw.

The Bridge: Series 2 is released on Blu-ray and DVD from Arrow Films, Certificate 15. 




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