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.

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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.

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Footnotes.


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

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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.

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