Borgen First Two episodes of new series:
Sigh, have to say i agree with @Dominia, making me the second naysayer of the night so far.
First episode soon transpired into one long, over-long, Teachable Moment about Afghanistan. C’mon, as soon as we saw the slightly over-familiar eagerness of young soldier wanting a picture with Birgite:
“We never get any babes here”! (oops) we knew he was doomed.
Just like I was waiting for Birgitte’s increasingly annoying and way out of line ex-mentor and ex-Minister Bent to clasp his chest and fall to the floor any time soon.
Bengt who I could have sworn Birgitte fired so what he was doing repeatedly engaging her in unprofessional, aggressive& shouty arguments? i just couldn’t understand why she, or any of her staff, put up with it?
I expected Bengt’s immediate demise specially, especially, once he was finally given that very boring job in Brusssels. ‘Cause you know, in Brussels they can’t hear you scream! Ha de har de har..
Yes, it was all very sad, poor Bengt, but you know what, that’s politics isn’t it? As Bengt turned a pale shade of grey and muttered sotto voice:
“But who will water the flowers?” in a sepulchral ghostly nearly but not quite dead voice it all became a little too pantomime for me.
I just kept thinking:what on earth did Bengt think he was playing at? This was only because Birgitte was a woman. Otherwise Bengt would feel he had the same right to keep barging into the the Prime Minister’s inner chambers and even turn up at his house:just because they were once friends and he mentored him. Does that seem likely? I think not..
Ditto my fairly beloved Kaspar who this time around is seriously annoying me in the same way: eg. what on earth is Kaspar as Birgitte’s spin-Doctor doing running the government with her and fielding/shielding questions as they come? hasn’t he taken it a bit far and become way too big for his Spin-Doctory boots? My take on the whole, Yawn, EU Commissioner storyline was that it was Kaspar who was secretly ever so keen?
Likewise the whole touchy-feely sympathy holding hands thing over the shoulder. Between Birgitte and Kaspar. Entirely inappropriate:sorry Birgitte.
Just as Birgitte let severely disrespectful gum chewing Luse touch/grab her arm in faux sympathy. Kaspar and Birgitte as signified by the gosh how funny synchronous tea-drinking are way too close and now involved in running the Government together. Birgitte needs to make some distance between her and these over solicitous and ‘helpful’ men. Who i sincerely doubt would be acting like this if she was a male Prime Minister?
In more interesting news Kaspar appeared to be wearing black eye-liner at one point.
Back to Home and Away in Denmark, i mean Borgen. Question:do women in dramas always have to be shown clutching objects, usually pillows or cushions to their stomachs and or smelling them in a sign of emotional pain? For goodness sake: Birgitte’s son was away one nigh and she comes home, smells his pillow, clutches it stomachwards (get the symbolism) and just has to sleep on his bed. Really? A bit corny..
Likewise the severely soppy scenes with still-in-a huff and looking like a proper twit (my own epithet was stronger but unprintable) husband Strange over the whole divorce. Why admit and give in to Strange and go all weep-ified when he is obviously adamant and in an absolutely enormous huff about living in an apartment and still having to do any fatherly duties whatsoever.
How likely was it really for anybody: any husband, no matter how estranged, not to have uttered some word of exclamation or concern to their wife just having arrived home from Afghanistan where 7 Danish men were just killed during their visit as Prime Minister? From Strange we got nothing. Nada. That’s because he Strange sulking and in the most elephantine hump.
&why, Oh why is Birgitte still subject to the emotional blackmail and similar sulks of her eldest daughter who seems to think that running the country is synonymous with proper home-cooked meals and refuses to eat otherwise?
Then we have the officially Kramer Vs. Kramer moments between moppet haired son who announces in a most unlikely fashion in the middle of the night that he wants to go live with Daddy. Really? Pile on some more squelching & syrupy pain filled moment for Birgitte whilst you are at it.
I kept wondering why Birgitte wasn’t just being a bit more hard-boiled about things both at work
(err, hello, you’re the P.M?) and at home? i expected her to be tougher.
Then we have the rather patronising and pitying story of alcoholic Hanne. See:she doesn’t get to have a family either..
Contrast this with a surprising scene in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo where hard working heavily pregnant Lawyer comes home, pops into her kitchen, greets her children in there with the words:
“Hello, how are you? had dinner? Good. See you later” and then breezes out again, back to work at home..
This is how the average husband rolls at home and presumably a male Prime Minister too?
& Kaspar is at it again with his fairy stories about storage in the South of France, getting drunk with worry over Katrine and calling his girlfriend Katrine=oops..