1. It was created by the co-writer of Borgen
Jeppe Gjervig Gram’s experience on the Danish smash reads from the outset. Follow the Money (Bedrag) is tight and quietly confident, and while it may not hook as many from the outset as its parent show, it plays with audience expectations enough to keep things interesting and often riveting.
2. It feels familiar yet fresh
A small-ish town. A body washes up ashore. A detective obsesses over the case due to issues at home.
Scandi Noir staples, right?
Not exactly. For one, the death is immediately revealed to have been the result of a corporation’s neglected safety issues. The body isn’t the focus.
3. It takes the evil corporation trope in a new direction
The expectation for a business with environmental concerns to function at a higher moral standard is flipped on its head, offering a fresh take on the villainous corporation. This isn’t tobacco or agriculture or pharmaceutical companies – all these slick Danes do is create wind.
4. The leads - Thomas Bo Larsen, Natalie Madueño and Nikolaj Lie Kaas - are all fantastic
Forget the fact that the subtitles sometimes read a little on the nose. It’s well-established that much is lost in translation from Danish to English, and this is a particular case where the acting suggests there’s more nuance in the original text. The three leads are so good that each of them are reasons to keep watching..
5. It’s a feast for the eyes
I’ll let the images speak for themselves:
Not to mention the show’s cryptic (and gorgeous) opening titles, where everything and everyone is slowly submerged in water:
6. It twists and turns and loves to take you by surprise
I won’t spoil too much, but here’s a moment directly after a fairly massive reveal:
Not enough? Watch the trailer here (though be warned, it gives away a lot more than we just did):
Follow the Money seasons 1 - 3 return to SBS On Demand 23 December. Watch the first episode here: