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Sebastian Bergman – The Cursed One episode 2

Back in Stockholm, Bergman attempts to get his life back in order, with a surprise discovery giving him a new lease of life. He starts to deal with his sexual addiction and tries to get back into work. When the Stockholm CID realise they have a serial killer on their hands, Bergman insists they hire him.

It rapidly emerged that Sebastian’s sex addiction was coming back to haunt him as he had that lightbulb moment of clarity that the victims were all former partners of his. The most recent killing was his most recent pick up – at a self-help group ironically – and the other women were either   long or short term partners.  The murder scenes bore a strong correlation to the murders solved 15 years earlier by Bergman but as the killer was behind bars it was difficult to work out who the copycat was.  Hidden dongles and mobile phones made the original killer’s life easier and his network of support enabled him to eventually break out of prison to engineer the final showdown between himself and Bergman. As he had captured Bergman’s newly discovered daughter, it was a no brainer that Bergman would not wait for backup to storm the latest crime scene. The non diagetic sound helped to build up some very real tension towards the end. Terrific stuff.

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Sebastian Bergman, Episode 1: The Cursed One: Part 1

Sebastian Bergman, Episode 1: The Cursed One: Part 1
Swedish crime thriller. Brilliant, difficult and politically incorrect, Sebastian Bergman is one of Sweden’s leading police profilers. His life and career are on the skids when he returns to his home town, two weeks late for his mother’s funeral but just in time to help the local police solve the brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy. With Rolf Lassgard, Gunnel Fred, Tomas Laustiola, Moa Silen, and Christopher Wagelin.
“Den Fördömde”
This was a very well acted police procedural using “Cracker”-type profiling to work out who had killed a teenage boy. The crime was a puzzling one as there were many characters in the frame who all had a reason to dissemble when questioned by the police. Unusually each of the possible scenarios were played out on screen so that the audience was never quite sure what had really happened until the end.  Bergman is, of course, a flawed character who has hated his private schooling not least because his father had founded it. His wife and daughter are dead due to a tsunami and his grief has changed him into a man who takes his pleasures often with as many women as possible. Female colleagues do not necessarily feel safe around him as his reputation precedes him.
It is well known that the actress who played Wallander’s daughter Linda in the tv series committed suicide due to her feelings of guilt at surviving the tsunami a few years earlier and I wonder if this story was written after her death as a way of showing the turmoil of someone who escaped.
I loved the ending of part one which explains in one flash of recognition why Bergman is cursed.

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