I don’t know about how any of you spent your weekends, but I probably spent mine watching one of the best TV shows I have ever seen. I am talking about Broen/Bron, a Danish/Swedish Crime Thriller TV series that could possibly be one of the best TV shows in recent memory.
To avoid spoilers, you’ll just have to trust me: it’s a great show. The first episode introduces you to the main characters and is essentially the exposition of the story, which revolves around a murder that happens directly on eh Øresund (the Sound) bridge between Sweden and Denmark near Malmo and Copenhagen respectively and what course it takes during the investigation.
The main characters are portrayed by Kim Bodina and Sofia Helin, who are Danish and Swedish respectively. Both play extraordinary characters, whose personal development as the show goes on, only increased the tension and thrill of watching the show. Unlike other TV shows, the director and the actors took great care giving their stories and having them be more than emotionless crime solvers and that gave a quite humanizing aspect to the detectives.
Full of twists and turns, Broen/Bron holds no bars back. As a Danish and Swedish production I was definitely taken aback at times over what was portrayed in the TV show. To give some context, Nordic TV is very liberal with what it shows. When I mean very liberal, I mean with both violence and sexual content, so my warning is not to be taken lightly. I personally believed that I could stomach some scenes only to cringe and turn away . Do not watch this show unless you are both prepared to have your mind blown away and to see things that might shock you.
This TV show is also one that cannot be predicted. Full of red herrings, dead ends, and other engaging fillers, this show actively tries to mess with your thinking. More than once, I thought that I knew what was going on, only to rethink everything in the entire show. If you feel as if all crime shows are predictable and therefore a bore to watch, then watch this one, it’ll keep you guessing at every turn.
I am not a fan of crime shows for their stale, monotonous style, but this one was brilliant. I would highly recommend this show to anyone who wants to really wants a fresh TV show. Again this is to be taken with a grain of salt for the reasons in paragraph 3, but it should not hold you back from watching this show. What are you waiting for, go watch already!
This show is available for rent from the Free Library of Philadelphia, and can also be purchased online. As far as I can tell it is not available on any of the popular streaming services in the United States but can be found on some websites for free, those however at at your own risk.