All the shows here are in their second season, having provided much enjoyment in their first.
La Casa de Papel did not disappoint, thank goodness. It continues to baffle me though for one reason: it's the show I can understand the most easily without any subtitles at all! How is this happening?
As to the show, we have moved on to 80 hours after the heist happens at the Royal Spanish Mint, and things are getting even worse. Indeed, how could they not? Then there is that tricky subplot between the chief negotiator and the chief perp. Exciting! Also interesting is the relationship between Denver and one of the hostages. Thankfully I don't binge-watch anything which is fortunate because all of these series are short-lived.
And the doc is back. After having been thoroughly cheated on in Season 1, she has to deal with a fresh crop of troubles once her ex moves back into town. Dr. Foster is (understandably) a bit off her rocker, and she has behaved in dangerous and provocative ways in the very first episode. Thanks to the direction and editing, that feeling of tension remains as strong as ever; one can't look away from this disaster.
I hope this season there is more exploration of the doctor's friendship with Ros at the clinic. She, like almost everyone else, behaves like a bad person, and here we are with more of the same this season. Ha! What tangled webs we weave...on Netflix.
Russia carried out a 'silk glove invasion' of Norway in this series' first season, in order to control its oil reserves. Now, much diplomatic negotiation and social unrest later, the prime minister has changed, and I'm finding it even more engaging.
Partly it has to do with my increasing fascination with the Scandinavians: they seem to have hit upon a magical balance between individual rights and collective responsibility. Of course this could just be my jaded self talking after living three years in the world's biggest marketplace. But every time I watch a show or talk to a person from there, I get this itch to just go. Besides which, their sense of design is so appealing! Even the ashtrays are dreamy. Sigh.
Anyway, political machinations somehow seem interesting here- the same subject bored me to tears in the much-acclaimed House of Cards.
An honorable mention goes out to Occupied's fellow-Norwegian murder mystery Borderliner. It's all very dark and forbidding, and has the unique angle of the main cop protagonist covering up a crime instead of well...solving it. Then the main actor is pleasingly hunky. I still don't know if he will be enough for me to keep up with all eight episodes, what with the relentless nature of the plot, but we shall see.
Also the delightful Dane Rita is back for Season 4. What a relief to get away from political intrigue and broody mysteries! Rita still rocks it as the elementary school teacher in faraway Denmark (another source of fascination) and I shall have to report back on her soon.