Dag-Series One-Episodes One, two, three, four, five and six-some short notes with reviews after Episode Two and at the end of Episode Six notes. Minor spoilers only. In Norwegian with English subtitles. Was on in the UK on Sky Arts Channel-number 122 on Virgin Media with 206 being HD.


Episode One
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Text: (with graphic)
Every morning he wished that the door was a window on the twelfth floor.

So Dag has an extremely cool pad.

Dag’s sister, Marianne, to Dag: (like it sounded in Norwegian)
“What are you doing?”
“Spending time with someone I despise yet prefer to anyone else I’ve ever met!”
“Yourself you mean!”
“You know I’m  not into this Adam and Eve stuff”
“If there is nobody else in the garden, just don’t eat the apple”!
Dag continues:
“I’ve long viewed my body as a means to transporting my brain..”

Eva & Marianne
“What do you mean you can’t lie any more?”
“One morning, I’d just used up my share”!

We see the town/city , twinkling and golden at night.

Text: (with graphic)
It’s better to wake up alone and know you’re alone than be lonely with some one else.

“Pascal said despite our ability to experience misery..”
(or summat/ something)


Episode Two

Short note on first watching.

The text: (with graphic)
At first she thought she was in the middle of a jump in.


Episodes One and Two-Review
I like  the text that they have with each episode.  Along with the graphic art with the text.  Like the story was a graphic comic book.  Is that the right term.  I’m not sure.

Not graphic as in rude.  Graphic as in graphically expressed,  I guess.  Much like the drama itself with Dag in it.  He graphically expresses his thoughts, feelings and emotions.

There is a particular graphic expression of Dag’s anger at the very end.  Of the episode.  Which rather takes you by surprise.

However this final scene cements the certainty-I think- that Dag is cruel yet surreal humour.  Me, I was mostly engrossed with the paper window.  I can say no more.

Dag is very dialogue heavy.  Too fast and cleverly quipping-for me to keep up with.  In writing it down I mean.  It’s refreshing to hear witty and fairly sparkling dialogue.

Dag provides most of the dialogue along with his inner thoughts that we hear.  In these interludes Dag is often ensconced in a giant sofa chair floating in a river as giant brains (his) float by in a darkly tree covered sky.

Dag you see is quite self-obsessed,  He has also, as he explains in one of these dream vision based monologues: read every good book known to man.  To fill his wonderful and intelligent brain.  He explains.

Thus Dag is fond of quoting from philosophers, writers and thinkers.  These quotes also float, in subtitled form  across the dreaming scenes.

I found myself describing Dag to myself as the anti-In Treatment.  Which was an American remake of an Israeli series.  In Treatment had the incandescently smouldering Gabriel Byrne: as the ultra serious Psychotherapist.

Dag could be said to be like the mad bad rebellious baby brother of Gabriel Byrne’s character.  You know, the one who threw out all the rules.

Or maybe Dag just got to the point in his career where he decided that therapy, or rather marriage guidance counselling: was all bollocks.  And before that day and revelatory moment (well-to him) Dag was just like Gabriel Byrne.  However-somehow I doubt it.

So Dag and the other characters are a welcome light relief as a drama in a sea of dramas currently that take everything (just) so damn seriously.

Although there is bathos and a touch of pathos too, in the character of Dag.  Not to mention some, um, what would a therapist call it, unresolved anger or is it attachment issues.

Possibly along with Dag, whose advice to the couples seemed eminently sensible to me: issues always sounded like a communicable disease.

Not that Dag would want anyone to be feeling sorry for him anyway.  I mean that there is some sadness inherent for me-in wondering if Dag is really mad.  Or meant to be.

Of course I may be taking this all too seriously.  Dag doesn’t seem mad to me.  But he could be.


Episode Three
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Man and the Therapist to Dag:
“He was our little bundle of joy!”
“Imagine, what it’s like for a pooch, stumbling through life like a drunk Norwegian!”

Graphic and text:
He had no family to blame for his inadequacy.  He blames a beaver.

I think I’m just gonna watch Dag.  ‘Cause there’s lots going on.  Plus it’s fairly engrossing.

Hilarious seeing Peter from the Norwegian series Mammon speeding out on Espresso.

It’s been obvious to me from the beginning that Dag’s receptionist is the woman for him.  Until..

So Eva is Puck from the Swedish series Crimes Of Passion.


Episode Four
Some notes on first watching.

Graphic and text:
At twelve one Thursday the hour hand starts leaving just a black trace.

So it was around the time of the sad song as Dag walked, with his hand in his pockets in a neon green pale lit night outside the apartment blocks, that I really fell for Dag, the series. Hook, line and sinker.

Plus I am secretly relieved about the dog.  Because the dog’s fate, I felt. decided whether Dag was going to be severely surreal: or just surreal.  As a drama.  Plus Dag is engaging and funny to watch too.


Episode Five.
Some notes on first watching.

Dag to Eva:
“Does this look like a face that woke up to Elvis?”


Episode Six.
Some notes on first watching.

Sad, very sad singing in Norwegian.  Cool.

Graphic and text:
Nobody says it but as time goes by there is less reason to feel sorry for the dead.

I swear they sang Danny Boy in Norwegian then.



So Dag just gets better and better really.
One of those series that is its own description.  Just the watching of Dag is needed.  Say no more.

The dialogue, as mentioned, is sparkling and witty.  As well as realistic.  Whilst at the same time the drama and the dialogue can get harshly realistic.  Even dreadful at times.

Well dreadful as in socially dreadful and darkly dreadful.   As in depressed and dejected.

Sometimes Dag sees the dark side but (he) is mostly stoical through all.  The socially odd happenstances/ happenings are shouldered with a stoical air too.



So the American series In Treatment was based upon the Israeli TV series called  BeTipul or In Therapy.


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