Arne Dahl endings….
Searching for a theme in these angst ridden offerings has been one of the highlights of the Arne Dahl series. By stretching the imagination a little, one episode could be said to have tended towards a ‘relationships’ theme, and another towards a ‘children’ theme. Europa Blues, the final episode, appropriately seemed to have an undercurrent of endings.
So, the Team comes to an end. For all its flaws, and lacking at times credibility, it appeared to be moving towards an effective recipe for future series. Take three team members out and a lesser entity remains with a deficit of contrasting temperaments, quirks, and ‘attitude’. The strong women (Jenny and Kirsten) have to stay. The eccentric Finn adds an interesting edge. Gunnar, the gentle giant, lends a degree (but only a degree) of normality. The Chilean is ‘sharp’. The others could be neatly consigned to Tulliallan for re-training.
Then we have the ‘ending’ of a devious conspiracy. What seemed a straightforward (but gruesome) gangster world vendetta turns out to be more complex and very much more Noir.
Next, the end of a marriage. How this was handled was interesting. As the series progressed, they took us through the little things that have such a big impact on trust, respect, and sense of self worth. The counting of the ‘time’ was so poignant. You could feel her emptiness. His subsequent reaction and then ‘action’ was so devoid of any sense of where she had got to; displayed little understanding of the how and why. While bed scenes can be gratuitous, often adding little in the way of insight to the story, in this case it worked; the death of the marriage was painfully etched on her face.
And finally, the little hints of issues addressed, dealt with, and thus ended….. ‘Will they have a child’; ‘Just how much will Aarto take of his partner manipulating him into the purchase of the house they can’t afford?’ Will Viggo’s ‘one night stand’ relationship last? Gunnar is no longer alone; Kerstin starts to bond with her child. Only one character’s life remains unexplored; the woman who walks alone.
On reflection, this was a different type of offering from Borgen and the Killing, with a bit too much in the way of explicit and gruesome violence for my taste. So, worthy of the Nordic Noir tag, but less mentally stimulating than the others.