New!Forbrydelsen-The Original The Killing (In Danish with English subtitles)BBC4 @10pm Sunday nights & Mon/Tues/Wed/Thursday nights until it’s over

Hip, hip, hurray! Some real and i mean seriously real, quality TV is on it’s way to the UK! (sorry this is a bit late)

nb. Forbrydelsen means The Crime in Danish

Forsooth, oh woe is me, ok not really, i have already seen it. However as someone who never ever watches things again i will be this time. That is how good it is. Far, far better than the American Remake of The Killing. It is so far away better it is up and over the hill like Jack and Jill.

Plus as we know, the remake of The Killing does not even tell who did it at the end of this series! yes, really..There was some really cross people in America at that time. Many Americans, according to the comments i have read on various Blogs, did decide to watch the original. However the original does not have the same perpetrator eg. murderer. We know this as the makers of the Remake told us. Boy would it be annoying if it was all a double bluff eh? and it was..

Anyway, i digress, the point i am supposed to be making is that the original is brilliant! yes, quite simply. My lips are sealed naturally. Ok it has more red herrings than a sea of them. It is a little slow to get going but believe me it is worth sticking with.

Don’t be put off by the subtitles, you soon forget them. Personally i love foreign language films as i like to hear different languages. Plus you get to see a country you may have never been to and know absolutely nothing about the day to day life.

Since watching the original the Killing and shortly afterwards, the French Spiral, i was so used to having subtitles i became addicted to them in that i put this option on pretty much all the time now, in my own language! it’s funny and useful for actors mumbling sotto voice. I say funny as i particularly enjoy the subtitled description of sound. Also, if there is a song on the subtitles will usually tell you the title.

Also, the Detective, Lund, in The original The Killing is brilliant! cool, tough, determined as in very determined, refreshingly free of the usual sexist apparel seemingly required now of all actresses:eg. tons of make up, stilettos, low cut tops, and various excuses for soft porn shagging and shower scenes.

Fair enough if it’s a film or series about being a supermodel or a soft porn actress or a film about being in the shower a lot, thinking?! Nothing whatsoever to do with, i may suggest, being a Detective. Otherwise all the men Detectives would be doing similar things surely?

Detective Lund in the original The Killing which is called Forbryledelsen is no-nonsense, she is in charge, she demands things, unsmiling, with no messing about or psychobabble.

Detective Lund never acts subserviently due to being a woman, she doesn’t smile much. She has tunnel vision and she is there to do her job and expects her orders to be obeyed-like yesterday..She has to put up with various comments on her very dedication just like in the remake with Linden as if she was mentally unwell.

When such dedication to a job would be praised and respected if Detective Lund was a man. No mention of being a bad parent for men Detectives except the occasional moan about them not “being there enough” from their long suffering wives.

I wasn’t going to write about Forbrydelsen on a weekly basis because i had seen it. i know i am likely to put my foot in it with a spoiler. This is why this write up is somewhat tardy. I already did blurt out a spoiler whilst watching it this week but luckily it wasn’t an important one.

It would be nice if there was an official spoiler place where those who have seen it could discuss their feelings on it second time around. However that wouldn’t be fair on those who haven’t seen it. Being someone who never watches or reads anything twice this is proof of just how intensely good Forbrydelsen is.

Tonight there will be the strange and i fear a bit depressing experience of watching a double dose of murder drama as there is the American remake directly followed by Forbrydelsen! Oh dear the remake i predict will not show up well..Since the remake, whilst passable on it’s own, will be held up to the light and it will become clear just how flimsy a piece of carbon copy gossamer thin tissue it is.

My feelings on seeing the Danish one again is that it is deeper in believability, the parents of the murdered girl are staggering in their portrayal of grief and particularly Pernille, the mother. I hadn’t gained the first time around the true strength that Pernille shows in shouldering her pain yet at the same time a determination that she takes on in deciding for herself to try and find out who killed her daughter.

This decision and the determination of Pernille to find out who killed her daughter is made by her in the midst of her hideous pain, shock and suffering. It dawned on me that the heroism of Pernille is proof and symbolic within the drama of Pernille’s relationship with Nana, and her staunch love for her as a Mother.

In her very determination Pernille is as strong as Lund in that respect, if not stronger, since Pernille is living in hell. Funnily enough, much as i admire Detective Lund, Pernille for me this time is Lund’s equal and linked to her in a way i had not realised before.

new!:transcript of my comments on Phelim O’ Neill’s Guardian Blog of Falling Skies channel FX Tuesday @9pm Episode 7

  • 16 August 2011 11:34PM

    I was surprised Mike, as a black character, lived as long as he did. Unless a black character is the hero of a movie/series, he/she does not get to live very long in my experience.( The Deep Blue Sea being an example against this trend however the Chef was really the hero i suggest.)

    Surely Mike’s heroic death for the sake of the others was nothing of the sort? (“Go, you, go, I’ll be ok!”..) it gained them hardly any time and Clayton as equally pointlessly killed him for no good reason really.

    Oh dear the breech birth, before they even said it i knew that would be it. The stereotypical breech birth in primitive /emergency surroundings. However what was the emergency again exactly? As Phelim O’ Neill has said, i didn’t get what the emergency was either?

    Groan,(not that sort of groan) i wasn’t a bit surprised either when Weaver wanders into view and guess what? knows all about breech births! fancy that, this is all part of humanising Weaver time..

    Even the necessary pregnant woman/birth is tiresomely stereotypical for such apocalypse scenarios.boring..

    However i did enjoy Weaver’s query to said pregnant lady:

    Did Dr. Glass give you an E.T.A on that?!(yes, he is so butch & Military)

    Dear oh dear, the inexhaustible supply of two stroke petrol, army fatigues and American flags continues: this time an simply enormous one is conjured up out f nowhere.. and ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ is forced upon us

    yet again.. gosh how very deep and meaningful and oh so


    and we get a forced mini-history Hallmark lesson on the Bugler from Tom the Prof:

    The bugler played the Taps, it was from the end of The Civil was to tell the soldiers it was safe to rest..if this was a military funeral..(it isn’t actually yet they treated it as one)

    nb. for one amusing hopeful minute i thought the Prof might be going to beatbox the Last Post with his mouth , much like Jake Glynehall in Jarhead, but no..

    More references to their beloved American Civil war:in fact is this some sort of Civil War re-enactment but with Aliens?!

    I agree with Phelim O’ Neill, about the very welcome return of the quipping and at least a little lively, Pope. Also agree it’s annoying that we can’t quite like him as he is supposed to be a rapist. However:

    “What’s that smell? you’re boiling asparagus! that means you’re ruining it”

    as he’s lying captured, after being serially tortured and plotting his deadly escape, was amusing..

    Agree with Phelim O’ Neill that the portrayal of the sympathetic nature of the skitters is an interesting growth in a fairly threadbare plot. Although i was already sympathetic to them in reaction to the dire and dreadful human characters.!

    Spielberg, as it was recently pointed out in a review of his work, always does paint the aliens as sympathetic, more sensitive and right-on than the humans..cue Rick’s ending speech:

    “i don’t understand how they can kill their own kind..we could never kill each other, it’s not in our nature..

    The fact that Rick is pretty much an alien now and speaking for them has been brightly signposted for us along the way. I agree that this is the best and most interesting development of the story so far..

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