As Sidse mentioned at Nordicana earlier this year Borgen 3 has a different feel to it. After tonight’s two introductory episodes I would say it felt less political and more personal, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that changes over the course of the series. Initially it felt a bit empty but Katrine’s haphazard torn apart private life seemed to fill that hole. Kaspar seems to have very much taken a back seat and Torben seems to have taken some of the limelight at the TV channel.
Katrine’s emotional roller coaster twisting and turning through the roles of new mum, reporter and single woman was painful to watch. It contrasted nicely with Birgitte’s organised smooth flowing personal life where the biggest problem was a virtual continental skype breakfast with her love interest! It was interesting to note that her character was driven by wanting real political change rather than money, whereas some real life politicians seem to have a tendency towards wanting money rather than political change.
The usual devices of press conferences, tv show interviews, telephone calls with important information and whispers in beautiful lobbies seemed much the same as series 1 &2. New character Alex Hjort added a bit of smarmy middle management tactics to make the audience feel for Torben and add in the public/personal life trope which Borgen has always faced full on. He also seems to embody a general point of view that all that is good in life is based on ratings, sexiness and cash.
Politically the character of Birgitte has always taken chances and appealed to an idealist’s viewpoint. Would she have set up a new party in real life? I am not sure, but this is a tv show and it is certainly a great device to show how strong she has become and to allow discussion and debate on various political viewpoints in the show. Her ex-husband Philip didn’t seem to think it was an unusual step for her so we will just have to roll with it!
Some beautiful photography and colour palettes just as in series 1 & 2 along with some stunning furniture. Katrine’s apartment was a great contrast to Scandi minimalism as it was previously, but this time with added chaos and baby bits all over the place. It was great to see characters riding bicycles too. The new political HQ looked like it may have come from the set of The Killing but in Borgen the lights were on, somebody was definitely home and the kettle was on!