Ólafur Darri Ólafsson has turned the snowbound Icelandic town’s chief of police into an unlikely sex symbol – at least, that’s what the Guardian says. Show creator Baltasar Kormakur did not want a stereotypical leading man and going for Olafsson – at 6’5″ ‘he looks like one of the looming mountains of the fjord’ – was a bold move that has paid off beautifully.
Andri has literally been at the eye of the storm, both personally (his marriage is broken) and professionally. The Icelandic coastal town of Seyoisfjorou is cut off in horrendous weather and Andri has to deal with the discovery of a torso in the sea.In addition, the Christmas card setting is actually a hotbed of people trafficking, illicit sex, political manoeuvrings and unsolved mysteries.
It’s a worthy successor to BBC4’s previous icy hits, The Killing and The Bridge. Andri’s stoicism in the face of having to deal with sneering colleagues in Reykjavik, his wife’s new boyfriend, a nasty Lithuanian gangster and the dodgy mayor has been compelling viewing.
The cast of characters is also interesting, from Hinrika (Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir), Andri’s police colleague, to the shifty ferry captain, and the town’s wheelchair-bound peeping tom Rognvaldur. Last weekend’s scene he which he said to Hinrika, ‘We never know when we’re happy, but we know when we’re sad,’ was a moving gem of a scene.
And then there’s the weather, including a howling snow deluge and an avalanche – absolutely epic, though we all wish Andri would do his coat up before he ventures out.As we move into the final two episodes this weekend (BBC4, Saturday, 12 March, from 9pm), the weather is finally improving. The captain agrees to work with the police, but one member of the crew has something to hide…
Apparently, Trapped is the most expensive drama ever made in Iceland. It was worth every kronur. Now, surely, it’s time they got on with making their next mystery saga.