One SkandiThriller too many…


So I’m just thinking that, you self-isolate one whole Sunday, not even getting a paper and what do they do? They spring an unexpected SkandiThriller on you in the good old BBC4 9.00pm, Saturday slot. It’s called Twin, and on the heels of Wisting it’s another Norwegian one. And it’s full of good awesome mountain scenery.

And what’s it about? It’s about these identical twins, Adam and Erik, both played by Kristofer Hijvu,both tall, burly with long red beards. The twins haven’t seen each other for 15 years because they’re completely different characters.

Erik’s a surfing instructor if he’s anything, which is another way of saying he’s a lazy, shiftless bum, a freeloader who thinks he’s entitled to whatever he wants, completely irresponsible, a thief and a lawbreaker many times over in the first thirty minutes and still he thinks he should get what he wants when he wants it. In short, a total arsehole.

Adam, in contrast, is clean-living and upright, a married man with a wife and two children and a business. He’s also so big a stiff you could poke the fire with the poker shoved up his backside.

Erik comes to Adam for help, well, basically, to be taken care of at everybody else’s expense. Adm won’t have anything to do with him and orders him to go. Erik won’t (he only understands the word ‘No’ when he’s the one saying it). The two get into a fight on the boat Erik’s about to steal because he has to have somewhere to crash. Adam’s wife, intervening with a boathook, inadvertently kills Adam.

The plot of the series is that she then asks Erik, who everybody he usually rips off thinks is dead because he’s let them, being an emotional vampire as well as every other kind, to pretend to be Adam.

Why? What for? And with what consequences?

Well, you’ll have to tell me. Because this was the point I switched off. Because I was completely cold about Adam and I loathed Erik. Because I would sooner paddle in squishy shit in my bare feet than watch a programme about that kind of character. Because there isn’t the fantastic Norwegian scenery under the sun that can compensate for putting up with this waste of a human being who, even if ground up in a meat-grinder, would poison the pigs he was fed to.

Jeez, I’d rather watch a hundred new series featuring Maverick Mess…

No recaps, not even to snark. This one I don’t want to know.

I’d even rather watch a third series of Black Lake…

18 thoughts on “One SkandiThriller too many…

  1. Ya know, for the supposed happiest places on Earth, the Nordics sure do produce lots of pitch-black crime dramas……….

    1. And they’re so bloody good at it Just not on the evidence of this (actually, it might be very good but I’m not spending eight lots of 45 minutes watching a c**t like that0.

      1. I know, right? Lots of young people over here are obsessed with some Norwegian high school drama…………..

  2. Don’t know that one, but the following are stunningly good: The Killing, The Bridge, Trapped, Below the Surface, 1864. Especially The Bridge. Forget the American version of that.

    1. Ah yes, The Killing. They made a middling US version of it that ran for 4 seasons. It did eventually get good in Seasons 3 and 4.

    1. I prefer ‘Veep’ to ‘The Thick of It’. But that is the same creator, I suppose……American remakes generally don’t turn out that well, I’ll grant you that.

      1. Different political systems, different characters. I’ve never seen Veep but I know where The Thick of It comes from because I lived the politics. Does Veep have anyone as sweary as Malcolm Tucker?

      2. Ianucci is generous enough to spread the f-bombs around. There is a supporting character who approaches Tucker’s gloriously caustic heights, but he is used in small doses. Not sure if that’s a positive or negative for you.

    1. Yeah, it’s done smartly and with pinpoint accuracy, of course, typical of Ianucci. I’ve no clue how he learned the inner workings of American politics, but he nailed it pretty much to the wall…..

      1. His casting director’s whip-smart too. Casting Elaine Benes from Seinfeld as a sleazy politician and Buster from Arrested Development as her loyal assistant. And he goes straight for the throat on every issue he brings up.

  3. I’d normally give anything involving twins a wide berth but there’s so little on the box at the moment that we thought we’d give it a chance. As you say, the scenery is stunning. We’re OK with unsympathetic characters – they can’t be avoided in crime stories. When we could see where the story was leading I thought ‘oh no’, not that pretending-to be-the-brother storyline, but I thought that they carried the should-we, can-we off pretty well and particularly in the way the decision was forced on them by a series of unplanned interactions. We’ll see how it pans out in subsequent episodes.

    1. It’s not that I dislike or am against unsympathetic characters per se – you’ve read enough of my Skandi reviews to know that – but as I get older I have lost all tolerance for the Erik kind of character and I really cannot bring myself to watch him as the ‘hero’. Hope you enjoy it.

  4. When I saw the trailer for Twin on our Euro streaming service MHz, it didn’t look that appealing. Kristofer Hivju is also in the most recent season of Beck, which I haven’t watched yet. I remain addicted to Nordic Noir and just finished the 2nd season of G√•smamman, which I think is outstanding. I’m holding off on the 3rd because there might be a wait here for the 4th, which aired in Sweden late last year. It’s based on a series from The Netherlands called Penoza. I want to watch that (5 seasons + a movie finale) but I’ll have to pay for another subscription to do so and I have too much to watch as it is. There was a 1 season US adaptation, but considering how bad US adaptations habitually are, I have no interest in it.

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