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12 This was an idea apparently adapted from 24 (see Redvall 2013: 174). 5
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The complexity of ‘Double-Storytelling’ is often (although not always) intensified by having two detectives forced to work together on a single case. 13 This is not a Holmes/Watson scenario (a genius detective accompanied by a less smart side-kick), but two policemen of similar rank who bring different and contrasting skills to an investigation. Perhaps most obviously influenced by the diametrically opposed investigators in The X Files (1993-2002), they not only represent very different sides of policing but two types of moral and ethical codes. 14 In the first season of The Killing , the rational, independent and methodical Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) is forced to work alongside the impulsive, macho and aggressive Jan Meyer (Søren Malling). A similar scenario also occurs in the first season of The Bridge when an unusual piece of police collaboration is forged after a body is found on the Øresund Bridge that connects Denmark and Sweden. 15 While DC Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) is a single, logical and socially awkward Swede, DC Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia) is a married, warm and sensitive Dane. 16 Consequently, the telling of the story becomes implicitly diachronic with the viewer not only encouraged to view the world through a number of different narrative levels, but through two contrasting narrative perspectives. 17 Understanding this narrative structure is crucial in uncovering the philosophy that lies at the heart of Nordic Noir . In particular, it reveals an intensely complex and divided world which can only be healed through a combination of tolerance and co-operation. We see such 13 You could say this isn’t true of Wallander, but there is his constant struggle with his daughter who is also a police officer, although of much junior rank. 14 In The X Files , the two contrasting detectives were Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), a passionate believer and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), a scientific sceptic. 15 The bridge connects Denmark and Sweden. To make matters more confusing the body is made up of two people, the torso is Swedish and the lower half is Danish. 16 Popular opinion is that Saga has Asperger's syndrome, although this has never been confirmed by the show’s makers. 17 Double-Storytelling has also been translated as ‘double-dimension narrating’, a translation that perhaps better conveys this diachronic intention (see Redvall 2013: 210). 6
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a morality tale unravel in The Bridge as its two detectives gradually begin to work together. While Saga is a disaster at dealing with people, Martin is charming and a born diplomat. While his laid-back approach may miss an important piece of evidence, she is obsessively analytical. The moral of the story appears abundantly clear; everyone must work together for their mutual benefit, even two nations like Denmark and Sweden. 18 In short, bridges have to be built. It is a belief that hints at the interconnectedness of humanity, suggesting that no man is an island and that every individual action will influence the rest of a community.
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