As an example, first imagine you are a single-minded, grizzled homicide detective with a manner that suggests that- for the third year running- you’ve drawn Coventry City in the FA cup sweepstake at work.
Got that? Right, now embrace the idea that you’re chasing a suspect away from a horrible crime scene in a strangely under-utilised church. The chase has taken you into some kind of light industrial complex/abattoir where you pursue said suspect as they fling all sorts of obstacles at you to try and get away.
Then in the blink of an eye you somehow find yourself in the middle of a full-on party with music and loads of people all dressed up, having a good time.
This is the sort of thing that can cause confusion and disorientation in even the grumpiest, recently sacked, obsessive compulsive Danish crime fighter.
So it is no surprise when our chirpy heroine Sarah Lund finds herself smashed in the face and flat out in an alleyway with a gun held to her head. Then, because the writers realised that killing her off with almost four full episodes left was a bit of a leap even for them, the gunman slips away, leaving Lund to some unsympathetic first aid and a fetching police hoodie.
So who was this mysterious, merciful, blends-in-easily-at-a-party fugitive? Well it couldn’t have been on-the-run psychiatric patient Raben as he was off stalking about elsewhere trying to find the oft-mentioned war criminal Perk.
This week, Raben’s conviction that he will never forget the man who butchered civilians in front of him and his (now dead) squad is called into question. After he takes one definite Perk hostage, a back on the case Lund bursts in, at this point Raben hands over to Inspector Strange.
Unfortunately for him, Strange decides to debunk any long winded-discussions about his former military service, his mysterious transfer to the police or his whereabouts during the recent killings by helpfully shooting Raben as soon as he mentions the word “Perk”.
Unfortunately Danish ex-special forces policemen (and potential serial killers) may not be quite as deadly as you’d expect, Raben is shot in the shoulder and lives to tell his tale, leading to a long-winded discussion about Strange’s former military service, his mysterious transfer to the police and his whereabouts etc etc…
Meanwhile the major plot point from a political angle this week was Buch getting a tip off from someone who looked like Cerys Matthews from 20 years in the future about the appearance of additional body parts amongst Danish dead in the war. A rogue hand to be exact.
This rogue hand suggests that the story about civilian casualties could well be true and that a cover up instigated by the defence minister is well on its way to being exposed.
However, Buch is totally outmanoeuvred in his attempts to topple the quiff-headed lizard minister and is so stitched up that he ends up getting comprehensively bladdered in front of a United Nations style selection of people, bemoaning his problems in slurry English to them. This scene made me think I was on mushrooms.
Anyhow following a pint of Alka-Seltzer, some tip-offs from Krabbe (the People’s Party replicant) and Cerys Matthews (plus 20 years) again and an almost as strange toilet scene he is back and ready to take on both the defence minister and the terror-inducing prime minister as they attempt to use the whole bloody mess to get some dodgy anti-terror laws through parliament.
Besides all the plot stuff, this week was notable as the point at which the Killing peeled off its chunky jumper, went to work in some kind of tight fitting waistcoat and got all sexy.
First up we had pre-suspect Strange having a crack at Lund and then still trying it on mildly after being outed as a possible multiple murderer and psychotic war criminal.
To be fair to him, she didn’t look any more upset than usual.
Then there was the inevitable sight of clearly evil penis-wrangler Skogaard and Raben’s wife having functional, athletic sex, which looked like no fun at all. In fact as he lay there sweaty and panting, Skogaard looked like he’d rather have been hanging young men upside down and sticking lit flares up their bums.
Also, Inspector Lennart Brix gets his way by actually blackmailing his girlfriend (and boss?) and threatening to show off to everyone that they are at it in ‘random hotel rooms’ every night. She is utterly compliant, although I’m not sure if this is out of embarrassment, or because she is concerned about being arrested as a necrophiliac Pet Shop Boys fan.
Most unforeseen of all: as Buch and Krabbe prepare to somehow stitch up the vote they look for a moment like they may tenderly kiss in front of the assembled Danish political class. Which is odd, as their earlier, surreal encounter in the gents seemed like an ideal opportunity for such shenanigans, although I imagine Buch may have been put off by the fact that Krabbe seemingly doesn’t like to flush.
Anyway, we end up with a reunited Lund and Strange (cleared, for now), being shipped off to Afghanistan with 36 hours to track down the latest suspect, the brother of one of Raben’s dead squad who has been helpfully crossing off the faces of each member as they died like some kind of ultra morbid bingo player.
Questions at the end of Episode 8
- Is Dead Squad Bingo Brother the killer?
- Will the tiny Danish government be brought down by the incredibly complicated scandal?
- What sort of knitwear is suitable in a desert region?
We’ll find out when ‘Forbrydelsen II’ concludes next week.
Christine’s Knitwear Watch
“Are you having a laugh? That’s a hoodie with ‘POLITI’ written on it. She hasn’t even done it up. Don’t waste my time.”
The murderer is…
Karina Munk Jørgensen
Yes, of course. how could I have overlooked waistcoat bombshell and double-bass enthusiast Karine all this time? Firstly, she’s clearly hypnotised Strange into knocking off all the ex-soldiers- remember the episode where he met a mystery blond and was groggy the next morning?
Secondly, she’s been shagging/seeding intelligence to the various politicians in an outlandishly complicated plot to get re-assigned to the remote ‘Skopje’ office with her repressed object of desire Plough.
The Killing Season 2 finishes on BBC4 Saturday at 9pm. You can catch up on iPlayer here