Last updated on September 9th, 2021 at 01:50 pm
Deadwind on Netflix: A Nordic Noir Series From Finland
Netflix has renewed the Nordic noir Deadwind (Karppi) for a second season.
If you enjoyed The Killing (Forbrydelsen) or The Bridge (Broen), there’s a strong chance you’ll enjoy this Finnish series.
In its native land, the first twelve episodes were a smash hit. The series was also nominated for the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize at the Göteborg Film Festival in 2018 for Best Nordic Screenplay.
The second season features eight episodes instead of the first’s twelve, but it’s just as atmospheric and slow-burning, with plenty of subplots to keep you guessing until the very end.
The first season of Deadwind introduced Helsinki police detective Sofia Karppi (Pihla Viitala), who was assigned to investigate the death of Anna Bergdahl, whose body was discovered on a construction site months after her husband died.
Karppi burys herself in her career, nearly to the exclusion of her two children, Henna and Emil, who are her stepdaughter.
She is initially unfriendly to her new partner, detective Sakari Nurmi (played by Lauri Tilkanen), who has recently been reassigned to the homicide section.
She is clearly used to working out her investigations alone.
Investigators Karppi and Nurmi are back working together on a critical case in this new second season, after two deaths are discovered and the police chief is murdered, leaving a cryptic message for the detectives to decode.
Deadwind is a television series created and directed by Rike Jokela, with a co-written storey by Jokela, Jari Olavi Rantala, Kirsi Porkka, and Harri Virtanen (for episodes in the second season).
It appears to make explicit references to them. By the way this scene was shot in the first season of David Lynch’s cult series Twin Peaks, viewers and fans may be reminded of Laura Palmer when the body of Anna Bergdahl is discovered wrapped in a tarpaulin and holding calla flowers.
Deadwind, like its Nordic noir forerunners, features a strong female protagonist as its principal character.
Sofia Karppi is plainly upset by the death of her husband, but she remains a harsh and headstrong cop, slapping and fighting criminals and occasionally commanding her coworkers and even the chief.
With her obsessiveness in the situations she examines, she resembles a cross between Lund from The Killing and Saga from The Bridge.
She even dresses in the same huge woolly sweaters as Lund.
In the same way that The Bridge has a fantastic detective partnership in Karppi and Nurmi, Deadwind has a great detective duo in Karppi and Nurmi who goes from antagonism to friendship.
Viitala and Tilkanen have enough chemistry to keep their characters’ romance fascinating.
Even though Karppi still has a tendency to chase down suspects on her own, they become a real team in the second season and operate together.
It may take a while to get into the first season because it is a slow-paced thriller with a lot of subplots that end up being red herrings.
The leisurely pace, on the other hand, allows the series to properly develop the two main characters, particularly Karppi.
The series takes its time to show us her relationship with the children, for example, as well as instances when she is more tender and loses control.
Even though it has some far-fetched, less credible passages (I’m thinking specifically of when Nurmi learns how to dive and has no trouble getting the gear at the last minute in another nation), Deadwind is a very well-written novel.
Deadwind is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for a Nordic noir thriller.
You’ll also learn that “moi” (pronounced “moy”) signifies hello and “moi, moi” means goodbye.
Since July 1, Deadwind has been available on Netflix.