Beck-Series Four-Episode Three-some notes and dialogue on first watching with review at the end. Minor spoilers only. In Swedish with English subtitles. On in the UK on BBC Four or channel numbers 107 & 164 on Virgin Media TV with 164 being HD. Saturdays @ 9pm.

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Beck 
Episode Three
“The Family”
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

A happy family pull up in a black Jeep..
Then..

(A) Beautiful beginning.  At one point it looks like (we are looking at) a glacier.  The next there are foundation piles below the bridge.  More cityscapes at night.

Here comes Beck in his Barbour jacket.

So the drama is all quite engrossing.

The young Detective reports on a funeral:
“”People were sad”
“They were crying..”
“They sang..”

Beck has the same sort of gentle lilting tone (of voice) which is quiet yet deadly ( I am thinking) as Wallander does.

A woman cries on the phone to Gunvald:
“It was so hard to get the children to sleep!”

Martin Beck’s neighbour to Martin:
“The world needs some moral rearmament to correct the chaos”.

(he sniffles)
I like that description.

So they have this fountain with a crystal (lit) tower in it.  In this town.

Uh oh..naughty Grunvald.  This storyline is already reminding me of a story I read recently.

Beck has a gold name plate with his name on it on his apartment door.  He goes inside.  As his neighbour stacks up boxes of bootleg booze.

“Are you having a party?” Beck has asked him. (his neighbour)
“Life is one great big party!”
The orange haired man, who I swear had a velvet blue headband on, declares, beaming all the while through his violet blue sunglasses.
Cool.

***

Review of Beck Episodes One, Two and Three.

So it was somewhere in the middle of episode three.  As Gunvald wandered through an underground car park, impeccably dressed and implacable of face: that I officially got into Beck.

I was thinking at the time how cleverly the element of suspense and danger had been created around cars in this episode.  Making Gunvald’s casual saunter as described, underground, all the more suspenseful.

Gunvald as a character and/or as an actor: has an amazing ability to morph into different men. Change faces so to speak.

I guess he is the officially bad Cop/ Policeman to Martin Beck’s good Cop.  However Gunvald’s threats are poetic rather than evil to hear.  But with bite.

There is some (personal) interplay between Gunvald and Beck in the Police Station which I didn’t really understand.  Not in the language but why exactly Gunvald was acting all moody with Beck.

This must be some back story to the characters and their personalities that I am not familiar with. This being my first time of watching Beck and this is series Four.

I felt that Beck as a drama for me anyway, seemed to blossom, open out in width and depth in this episode.  I am in the zone.  The time zone perhaps. Plus there was a romantic happening, or two.

I believe this series pre-dated Wallander.  (I will check)  Let’s just say that I am seeing several similarities between the two series.

There are some sweet and humourous scenes in Beck.  Dark doings of violence and murder too.  Beck prevails over all with his steely-eyed partner Gunvald at his side.

Beck is dour of face and deceptively ordinary in his persona.  He almost talks like a friendly soft spoken Priest. Especially when he is interviewing suspects.  This is when Beck is deadly like a snake. It’s just that instead of venom he uses extreme niceness.

***

Footnotes.


My term:Spiral-y refers to Beck feeling like the French Series, Spiral.

***

I recognise the actor who plays the rather wonderful and dead-pan part of Rimfor, the Narcotics Detective.  Not sure where I have seen him before-It must have been a Scandi-noir series or film.

***

Beck-Series Four-Episode Three-some notes and dialogue on first watching with review at the end. Minor spoilers only. In Swedish with English subtitles. On in the UK on BBC Four or channel numbers 107 & 164 on Virgin Media TV with 164 being HD. Saturdays @ 9pm.

BE
CK

Beck 
Episode Three
“The Family”
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

A happy family pull up in a black Jeep..
Then..

(A) Beautiful beginning.  At one point it looks like (we are looking at) a glacier.  The next there are foundation piles below the bridge.  More cityscapes at night.

Here comes Beck in his Barbour jacket.

So the drama is all quite engrossing.

The young Detective reports on a funeral:
“”People were sad”
“They were crying..”
“They sang..”

Beck has the same sort of gentle lilting tone (of voice) which is quiet yet deadly ( I am thinking) as Wallander does.

A woman cries on the phone to Gunvald:
“It was so hard to get the children to sleep!”

Martin Beck’s neighbour to Martin:
“The world needs some moral rearmament to correct the chaos”.

(he sniffles)
I like that description.

So they have this fountain with a crystal (lit) tower in it.  In this town.

Uh oh..naughty Grunvald.  This storyline is already reminding me of a story I read recently.

Beck has a gold name plate with his name on it on his apartment door.  He goes inside.  As his neighbour stacks up boxes of bootleg booze.

“Are you having a party?” Beck has asked him. (his neighbour)
“Life is one great big party!”
The orange haired man, who I swear had a velvet blue headband on, declares, beaming all the while through his violet blue sunglasses.
Cool.

***

Review of Beck Episodes One, Two and Three.

So it was somewhere in the middle of episode three.  As Gunvald wandered through an underground car park, impeccably dressed and implacable of face: that I officially got into Beck.

I was thinking at the time how cleverly the element of suspense and danger had been created around cars in this episode.  Making Gunvald’s casual saunter as described, underground, all the more suspenseful.

Gunvald as a character and/or as an actor: has an amazing ability to morph into different men. Change faces so to speak.

I guess he is the officially bad Cop/ Policeman to Martin Beck’s good Cop.  However Gunvald’s threats are poetic rather than evil to hear.  But with bite.

There is some (personal) interplay between Gunvald and Beck in the Police Station which I didn’t really understand.  Not in the language but why exactly Gunvald was acting all moody with Beck.

This must be some back story to the characters and their personalities that I am not familiar with. This being my first time of watching Beck and this is series Four.

I felt that Beck as a drama for me anyway, seemed to blossom, open out in width and depth in this episode.  I am in the zone.  The time zone perhaps. Plus there was a romantic happening, or two.

I believe this series pre-dated Wallander.  (I will check)  Let’s just say that I am seeing several similarities between the two series.

There are some sweet and humourous scenes in Beck.  Dark doings of violence and murder too.  Beck prevails over all with his steely-eyed partner Gunvald at his side.

Beck is dour of face and deceptively ordinary in his persona.  He almost talks like a friendly soft spoken Priest. Especially when he is interviewing suspects.  This is when Beck is deadly like a snake. It’s just that instead of venom he uses extreme niceness.

***

Footnotes.

My term:Spiral-y refers to Beck feeling like the French Series, Spiral.

***

I recognise the actor who plays the rather wonderful and dead-pan part of Rimfor, the Narcotics Detective.  Not sure where I have seen him before-It must have been a Scandi-noir series or film.

***

Beck-Series Four-Episodes One and Two-some notes and dialogue on first watching. Minor spoilers only. Episode notes only. Review to follow after Episode Three. In Swedish with English subtitles. On in the UK on BBC Four or channel number 107 with 164 being HD on Virgin Media TV.

Beck-Series Four


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Beck
Episode One.
“Buried Alive”
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Voice-over announcer:
(some) scenes viewers might find upsetting, violent scenes..
(that is me-probably)

A lady comes into a petrol station.
She comes into the shop.
And asks to wash her car.
Suddenly.  she sees two motorcyclists go by.
She gets into her car.  Drives to the car wash..

You just know this ain’t gonna be good.  Because there’s gonna be someone in the back seat..
This always happens in dramas.  with cars.

I cannot say.  But it does get all supremely suspenseful.
Well car washes are. (suspenseful)

Now-
the cool stylish credits.
A verdant park.  A swing creaks.

Man on phone:
(laughs)
“She ran ahead to the swings..”
Little girl:
“”There was a big man on the swings!”
Mum/Mother:
“Well he’s gone now.”
Then she decides to stick around anyways.

(a little later)
Pathologist to Peter Haber as Detective Martin Beck.:
“Buried alive you might say..”

So Beck’s Detective partner is cool.  He looks familiar as an actor.

So Beck as a drama is quite old as in circa/ date not sure.  This only notices however when we see someone on TV or on a cellphone.

Uhoh.  another lone woman.  Making dinner and drinking wine.  The doorbell rings.  Don’t answer it!  Nobody there.
She calls out:
“Hello/Ha loo” -Then shuts the back door.  Wait for it..

The murderer has a novel disguise and watches the Detectives talk about him on TV.

Detective Martin Beck:
“Torture, acid, ketamine ..”
“I think he’s trying to tell us something.”
Yeah.  Something.

I like how the Detective’s officially mad downstairs neighbour recites the Greek alphabet.

The detective is doing that shouty thing..  That shows when a Detective is cross.  That he is not getting anywhere.  In the case.

This must be the first time I remember a murderer phone up the Detective and speak on the answer phone to them.

So I think I know who the murderer is and it isn’t him..

I dunno.  Beck has been a a bit boring for a while now.

***

So I decided to give Beck another go.  Having got bored, zoned out and then ditched on it.  To return to see who did it at the end.  Much like getting bored and skipping a bit in a book.

***

Episode Two.
“Room 302/Rum 302”
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Nordisk film production.  Norge.

Beautiful beginning-a cityscape.  Rail-road track.  The bridge, the motorway, gleaming with lights.

Rum/Room 302

So Beck and his office get a new boss.

Beck is growing in atmosphere and interest.

Stunning scene of a large white house with a snow covered tree beside it.

So it’s all getting quite Spiral-y.  Or more up to date.

Gunvald is a cool character and is very charismatic.  As a screen presence.  Pretty sure he is the same guy who was all beardy last week.  He looks completely different with a shave.

I like Martin Beck’s red-haired or rather orange haired neighbour. Except that a different guy was in that flat last week.

Beck’s neighbour to him: (they discuss drink and drugs)
“I like opium the best!”

Detective Martin Beck and Gunvald.
Beck on the phone:
“Oh hey, Klaus..” (the new boss )
Beck asks Gunvald:
“Hey what do you think of him?”
Gunvald:
“Nice shoes, that’s it!.”
Laughs.

Gunvald and a bleeding suspect.
Him:
“Call me an ambulance!”
Gunvald:
“I’ll make you cycle to the chemists..”!

So did I mention that Beck seems really really long.  I’m getting into it though.

So I am glad that they figured out who did it.  I already guessed..
(it’s nice when a drama does this)

Ah.  At the end Detective Martin Beck is left alone.  All the team go off and have plans.  Just like Wallander.

So at the end beautiful piano music plays.  Martin Beck is out on the balcony once more.  He has the chat with the elderly orange haired man.

City lights twinkle and dim.

***

Beck-Series Four-Episodes One and Two-some notes and dialogue on first watching. Minor spoilers only. Episode notes only. Review to follow after Episode Three. In Swedish with English subtitles. On in the UK on BBC Four or channel number 107 with 164 being HD on Virgin Media TV.

Beck-Series Four

BE
CK

Beck
Episode One.
“Buried Alive”
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Voice-over announcer:
(some) scenes viewers might find upsetting, violent scenes..
(that is me-probably)

A lady comes into a petrol station.
She comes into the shop.
And asks to wash her car.
Suddenly.  she sees two motorcyclists go by.
She gets into her car.  Drives to the car wash..

You just know this ain’t gonna be good.  Because there’s gonna be someone in the back seat..
This always happens in dramas.  with cars.

I cannot say.  But it does get all supremely suspenseful.
Well car washes are. (suspenseful)

Now-
the cool stylish credits.
A verdant park.  A swing creaks.

Man on phone:
(laughs)
“She ran ahead to the swings..”
Little girl:
“”There was a big man on the swings!”
Mum/Mother:
“Well he’s gone now.”
Then she decides to stick around anyways.

(a little later)
Pathologist to Peter Haber as Detective Martin Beck.:
“Buried alive you might say..”

So Beck’s Detective partner is cool.  He looks familiar as an actor.

So Beck as a drama is quite old as in circa/ date not sure.  This only notices however when we see someone on TV or on a cellphone.

Uhoh.  another lone woman.  Making dinner and drinking wine.  The doorbell rings.  Don’t answer it!  Nobody there.
She calls out:
“Hello/Ha loo” -Then shuts the back door.  Wait for it..

The murderer has a novel disguise and watches the Detectives talk about him on TV.

Detective Martin Beck:
“Torture, acid, ketamine ..”
“I think he’s trying to tell us something.”
Yeah.  Something.

I like how the Detective’s officially mad downstairs neighbour recites the Greek alphabet.

The detective is doing that shouty thing..  That shows when a Detective is cross.  That he is not getting anywhere.  In the case.

This must be the first time I remember a murderer phone up the Detective and speak on the answer phone to them.

So I think I know who the murderer is and it isn’t him..

I dunno.  Beck has been a a bit boring for a while now.

***

So I decided to give Beck another go.  Having got bored, zoned out and then ditched on it.  To return to see who did it at the end.  Much like getting bored and skipping a bit in a book.

***

Episode Two.
“Room 302/Rum 302”
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Nordisk film production.  Norge.

Beautiful beginning-a cityscape.  Rail-road track.  The bridge, the motorway, gleaming with lights.

Rum/Room 302

So Beck and his office get a new boss.

Beck is growing in atmosphere and interest.

Stunning scene of a large white house with a snow covered tree beside it.

So it’s all getting quite Spiral-y.  Or more up to date.

Gunvald is a cool character and is very charismatic.  As a screen presence.  Pretty sure he is the same guy who was all beardy last week.  He looks completely different with a shave.

I like Martin Beck’s red-haired or rather orange haired neighbour. Except that a different guy was in that flat last week.

Beck’s neighbour to him: (they discuss drink and drugs)
“I like opium the best!”

Detective Martin Beck and Gunvald.
Beck on the phone:
“Oh hey, Klaus..” (the new boss )
Beck asks Gunvald:
“Hey what do you think of him?”
Gunvald:
“Nice shoes, that’s it!.”
Laughs.

Gunvald and a bleeding suspect.
Him:
“Call me an ambulance!”
Gunvald:
“I’ll make you cycle to the chemists..”!

So did I mention that Beck seems really really long.  I’m getting into it though.

So I am glad that they figured out who did it.  I already guessed..
(it’s nice when a drama does this)

Ah.  At the end Detective Martin Beck is left alone.  All the team go off and have plans.  Just like Wallander.

So at the end beautiful piano music plays.  Martin Beck is out on the balcony once more.  He has the chat with the elderly orange haired man.

City lights twinkle and dim.

***