Based on the novels by Åsa Larsson, Rebecka Martinsson (Ida Engvoll) is a workaholic lawyer in Stockholm when her past comes back to haunt her in a terrifying way. The death of a childhood friend prompts Rebecka to leaves her fast-track career behind and return to her home town in Kiruna where she is drawn into the hunt for the killer. Despite the life awaiting her in Stockholm, she can't tear herself away from the place she once abandoned, as she is forced to deal with the traumatic past that once caused her to flee. Soon the question is: where does Rebekah really belong?
Title character Rebecka Martinsson is played by Ida Engvoll in season 1 and Sascha Zacharias in season 2. The rest of the main characters are played by the same actors in both seasons. Both Engvoll and Zacharias take part in both seasons though, as Engvoll is one of the executive producers for season 2, while Zacharias played the character Jenny Häggroth in the two final episodes of season 1. See more »
Supporting Characters Are The True Stars In This Drama
Overall, I enjoyed this addition to the Scandi Noir TV cannon. The character of Rebecka Martinsson has so much promise. Sadly, this promise did not seem to be fully embraced by Ida Engvoll. Of course, this may be because Ida Engvoll chose to deliberately hold back her portrayal of Rebecka in order to reveal more about her character in a potential second series. Nevertheless, I would have liked to have seen at least hints of a more rounded Rebecka in the first series.
The true strength in this Scandinavian drama, apart from the lovely scenery, lies with the supporting characters. In particular, the very capable and very human police officer Anna Maria Mella, Rebecka's potential love interest and police dog handler Krister Eriksson and her kindly elderly male neighbour Sivving Fjallborg.
I do hope there will be a second series. The first certainly created enough interest in the characters to care about how they develop.
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