Mammon- PART TWO-Final review
So i really enjoyed Mammon. In a way it reminded me of Salamander. In that Mammon was a good old fashioned ripping yarn. In the style of say the 39 Steps or any, now enjoyably retro series. Such as any number of weird and wonderful series involving strange and mysterious doings by mysterious cabals.
Conspiracies that only our intrepid hero and his band of brave and not so merry men can face down and uncover. As reactionaries against the accepted status-quo, the façade that cleverly covers and conceals.
Mammon, in its classic story line is timeless, just as Salamander was. In fact it was mainly irrelevant what time period Mammon was set in and apart from the technology present, could have been set in any decade.
As i mentioned in my first review on Mammon: there were delightfully horror tinged touches too. This classic horror feel added to the air of mystery and suspense that hung over the story.
I particularly liked the again, fairly classic twist at the end: which was essentially what used to be the epilogue of old series. In the beginning we had a proper prologue. Unlike modern series now where there is practically no prologue to speak of and the action immediately ensues at the beginning and is still unfolding a good ten to twenty minutes later. As the titles and credits are still lingering annoyingly, on screen.
In Mammon the prologue really did take place in an earlier time, five years before. Likewise the prologue took place five months later. Good. The prologue and epilogue fulfilled their own definitions properly.
I especially liked finding out about Norway, an unknown country to me. Having watched so many Danish and Swedish series now. ( OK forgot about Lillyhammer/ Lillehammer) I found the wonderfully, to me, terse and abrupt dialogue of Mammon to be closer in style to the Series Nightshift which was set in Iceland.
I also experienced associations of language between the Norwegian way of speaking and how folk from Yorkshire England do: there is an old saying about Yorkshire folk that they call a spade a spade, In that they tell it how it is. Short and maybe not so sweet.
Thankfully, no psychobabble or inner angst explained. I really enjoyed the dialogue in Mammon: the formation of it, the searing skewer like honesty, the short abrupt sentences. How the Newspaper Proprietor regularly shouted:
“Get out-Now!” at his employees!
When i watched the Icelandic series Nightshift i especially enjoyed the verse-like dialogue spoken in short and succinct bursts of speech. For a novice to spoken Norwegian like me, it seemed that it was more similar in style and form to Icelandic than Swedish or Danish. Or perhaps this is just a coincidence of dialogue creation in the two series.
Some dialogue and notes:
Episode 6: Dommesday/ judgement day
Financial Crime Unit Boss to Nurse:
“Don’t talk, don’t talk to anyone!”
There is an over-accented Bad guy (baddie)..
(bad guy) Baddie Henchman to other baddie:
Mathesen (Newspaper Editor) to Professor of Economics:
Did you take responsibility?”
“I took responsibility”.
“He is in the Hospital-there are four walkways, three exits and fifty four small buildings”!
Sports Journalist to Peter Veras:
Great scene in the morgue..
“He was starting to enjoy himself a little too much”!
(i got confused and thought the subtitles had gone off when it went into English!)
“I may be violent, but I am still a gentleman”!
She left you hungry”
“She watched you cry”
“She showed no remorse”
“For your pursuit”
“She told the others”
“They followed suit”