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Ørnen, an Icelandic inspector in the Danish police force, is named chief constable of a new task force to help solve international crime. Along with a team of talented and diverse investigators he handles explosive and complex cases with all available means. Written by
Peter Brandt Nielsen
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Smooth and versatile depiction of a Danish investigation team
Despite the series is named after a leading character (a half-Icelandic half-Danish police officer named Halgrim Ørn Hallgrimsson, nicknamed Ørnen or the Eagle), the events are not totally focused on and related to him, allowing the other major characters be deliberated and contribute as well (unlike in the British interpretation of Wallander, for example). The viewers can share their feelings, recognize their human values through present and childhood, how their job affects their private life, see them making mistakes or misjudgments etc. Everyone has his or her role and place in the Unit, but they are all-rounders, not specialists in a narrow field. And there is no black-and-white depiction of the good and the bad.
Unlike most of crime series, the cases are related or arising from a certain case; this provides more reality to the events happening (it is not realistic when there are frequent crimes in a small city or parish), but - on the other hand - it is recommended to watch it chronologically and more often than weekly as there are constant references to past events and incidents. And as the Unit deals with crimes with international links, the members have to travel and have good contacts with partners in neighboring countries and from international organizations. I find it excellent that the creators had the desire and funds to film in respective locations and employ international actors speaking their mother tongue (Ørnen is multilingual, speaking at least 5 languages). The cast is evenly strong as well, including the finest Danish actress Ghita Nørby (as Thea Nellemann). And what a fine choice of music and references to Icelandic sagas and ancient mythology! Highly recommended, especially in countries with Nordic comprehension and background. Of course, you have to dedicate some time - there are 24 episodes each for about an hour.
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