Highly anticipated Scandinavian crime drama, The Bridge, returned on BBC4 following the acclaimed first season. Picking up a year after the revelation of the Truth Terrorist, the unconventional duo of Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) and Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia) reunite after a Danish ship mysteriously veers off course, colliding with the Øresund bridge which connects Denmark and Sweden. On board the investigators find no crew, but five teenagers are chained below deck and infected with a strain of bubonic plague.
Unlike season one’s visceral opening, with its disarticulated corpse meticulously placed on the borders of both countries, season two appeared fixated on character as opposed to shock. Martin, stuck in an office job and still suffering from the aftermath of his eldest son’s brutal death, was quickly shaken out of his victim mentality by no-nonsense, straight-talking Saga. The chemistry between both performers remains as brilliantly natural as before, reaching emotional heights in one particular sequence: Saga purposefully turns up the radio, drowning the sound of Martin’s grieving sobs as they cross the border.
Although the series starts on an unexpected calm, The Bridge still manages to intrigue with a suffocatingly beautiful atmosphere and its slow-boiled mystery. With a bizarre eco-terrorist group, a manipulative, over-achieving lesbian student and a boy willing to please his bullies, the audience, are never quite sure in what direction they are heading next.