TrustMovies only began watching this effective Danish television series, THE EAGLE, last week. Then, while research-ing its origins further, he discovered that it dates back to 2004. Which makes all the more impressive how up-to-date and captivating it still seems. Written by Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe, with a number of episodes directed by Niels Arden Oplev (who helmed the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, as well as last year's worthwhile Dead Man Down), the series tracks a group of organized-crime fighters, led by Thea, one very pushy broad (a fine Ghita Nørby), and a quite capable inspector named Hallgrim (Jens Albinus, below), who is -- surprise, surprise -- troubled by a mysterious back-story.
Thomas W. Gabrielsson, at left), is quite a character: one of the more accomplished and thus terrifying bad guys to be seen in some time. How this fellow keeps connecting to the various crimes at hand is one of the troubling surprises of the series.
David Owe (shown above and below, left), as well as a smart and super helpful cop who provides the unit's entry into Denmark's immigrant Muslim world (played by Janus Nabil Bakrahwi, below, right).
Karen-Lise Mynster as a very political-minded Minister of Justice, nobody registers strongly -- not even the other female detective (Marina Bouras, below, left) who provides the romantic interest for Hallgrim.
MHZ Network that seems to specialize in tip-top international television fare, with each of the ten episodes running just under one hour -- is good enough to keep me watching, for this initial season, at least. The series, via the MHz Network itself, is available here. And its DVD is available here.