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Trapped 3 and 4

Episodes 3 and 4 of 10

The town is still cut off from all help by snowstorms and pack ice, and the local police have somehow managed to lose both the victim’s body and the only suspect. Unable to prove his suspicions about the captain of the ferry, Andri finally gets a new lead when people start sharing photos of the corpse online.

With the murderer still at large, unrest is beginning to grow among the still-trapped townspeople and tourists. The police’s list of potential suspects is becoming larger, but with discontent growing and the looming threat of an avalanche above the town, they face a race against time to unravel the mystery.

The cliff hanger at the end of episode 2 was quickly resolved at the beginning of episode 3. It did however make us wonder about the motivations of the man who had been burned at the start of episode 1 and the man in the wheelchair with the telescope. Both men are now voyeurs who watch rather than act. One posts his photos on social media while he explores death and dying while the other just seems to use the information against his neighbours in a power game of his own concoction. Neither acted to save the children so it was just as well that Andri and his wife arrived individually to save the day.

We got a few Icelandic sweaters, conversations about future wealth and glimpses into the life of a cuckolded husband. There was further violence, discussions about the nature of bereavement and the investigation seemed to take two steps forward and one step back. There were flashes of brilliance about a cinematic clue to the identity of the poster of the torso on social media from the same cop who had ineptly been cornered by an earlier criminal. The characters are quite well rounded.

This week’s offering ended with a cliff hanger on an actual cliff.

Who survives the avalanche remains to be seen.

Beck – BBC4

Beck is the latest ScandiNoir programme to hit our TV screens in the UK. Shown last night as the first in a series of new Scandanavian police procedurals it brought with it a sense of giddy excitement to those of us who like forests, sweaters and flawed police officers who will not give up till they get their man or woman.

The opener started with a woman stopping off at a garage forecourt to buy something from the shop and to get the car washed in the automatic carwash before going off to see her sick mother in her nursing home. Now, hitherto I have never been afraid of carwash brushes but as she was attacked from behind by a mask wearing hoodie while the soapy brushes muffled her screams I vowed to never go through one at night.

Beck was a lead officer with a police team who seem to love him – perhaps literally – and a boss who isn’t quite ready to back off and leave him to it. The body has been discovered in a coffin under some sand in a children’s play park. The woman has been buried alive and unfortunately by the time the discoverer waits for the police to arrive the woman is dead. As a prosecutor she has her fair share of suspect murderers who may have done this.

The bodies rack up in number with a frequency that suggests that if the team don’t get their act together there will soon be no-one left in Sweden to keep the home fires burning. Beck, unfortunately, has a fear of enclosed spaces so it is fairly certain that at some point he will be the victim of a live burial. The viewer can only hope that the team gets its act together before he joins the ranks of the dead.

There was one genuinely “heart in the mouth” fright even although I know how these things work.

Certainly worth a watch.

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