I have a confession. Before 2018, I had never watched a Netflix crime TV show.
Yes, I’ve been watching Law & Order: SVU and Criminal Minds since I was old enough to hack the parental lock on the family Foxtel.
But dark, gritty series with complex characters that make the hairs on the back of your neck prickle? Nah, not for me, I thought.
Then I forced myself to watch The Sinner and BAM! All of a sudden the flood gates of my Netflix opened up and out came pouring a year’s worth of crime series I’d been avoiding.
This week, it was the new Netflix Scandinavian noir show Borderliner.
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When Norwegian police detective Nikolai (Tobias Santelmann) returns to his hometown near the Swedish boarder to take leave from a high profile case in Oslo, he finds himself investigating the suicide of a local drunk.
Helping his little brother Lars (Benjamin Helstad), an average local cop with the investigation, Nikolai soon realises he’s stumbled across a case much bigger than what it seems.
By the end of episode one, almost everyone who is meant to be good winds up implicated in something very bad. To protect his family, Nikolai makes the split second decision to cover up the murder investigation. The question is, who will get caught?
The only character whose hands manage to stay clean are Anniken’s (Ellen Dorrit Petersen), an Oslo homicide detective who is determined to get to the truth. As she gets closer to finding it, things for Nikolai and his family begin to unravel until no one is innocent anymore.