The archetypical Danish murder mystery sequence — bleak, with a facet order of gloom — is turned upside-down in “The Sommerdahl Murders.”
Set within the sunny, picturesque seaside city of Elsinore, the eight-episode drama is predicated on Danish creator Anna Grue’s bestselling crime sequence and streams on Acorn TV (in Danish, with English subtitles). It stars Peter Mygind and Laura Drasbaek as conflicted husband-and-wife cops Dan and Marianne Sommerdahl and affords up a tasty menu of purple herrings, intriguing, twisty plots and even a love triangle. Each self-contained mystery unfolds over two episodes — so the whodunit formulation by no means grows stale and permits the lead characters to evolve as their private interactions intensify over whereas the sequence plows ahead.
In the opener we meet Dan and Marianne, each of whom work for the Elsinore police division (he’s a detective, she’s in forensics). They’re dad and mom to 19-year-old daughter Laura and are celebrating their 25th marriage ceremony anniversary. But beneath their smiles and mutual devotion lurks an ongoing concern: Dan’s workaholic nature has has taken its toll on Marianne, who resents his devotion to the job and its fixed intrusions into their private lives. When Dan declares at an enormous occasion that he’s taking Marianne to Bali for his or her silver anniversary, she smiles wanly, realizing his annual promise to her will probably be damaged as soon as work inevitably will get in the way in which.
The first two-episode “Sommerdahl Murders” mystery units the template for what’s to observe, with a labyrinthian arc involving the murder of a younger Russian unlawful immigrant whose lifeless physique is discovered washed up on the seashore. There’s little to go on, although an post-mortem exhibits that she not too long ago gave start — and, with no child in sight, Dan and his greatest buddy/accomplice, DS Flemming Torp (Andre Babikian), kick into excessive gear trying to find the toddler with the clock ticking on its survival. Their investigation, aided by Marianne, leads them to, amongst different plot factors, a sketchy murder suspect, a shady Elsinore cleansing service and a physician who helps unlawful feminine immigrants combine into the native populace.
Meanwhile, Dan and Marianne’s marriage is examined to the max and we be taught, slyly, that Torp is hiding some dishy secrets and techniques of his personal, that are sure to have an effect on his working relationship with Dan. All is just not what it appears and that, in essence, is the overriding arc of “The Sommerdahl Murders,” however this isn’t your run-of-the-mill “gotcha!” sequence — since its multi-dimensional characters, intelligent writing and, sure, even the city of Elisnore itself will pull you alongside within the wake of its many surprises.
All eight episodes of “The Sommerdahl Murders” can be found on Acorn TV.