Forbrydelsen III: SNAFU

(warning: includes spoilers through series 3)

Forbrydelsen as a show has always played around with the idea of civic responsibility and personal honor. It was almost fitting that the series would come to an end with Sarah Lund once again faced with the impossible task of seeking justice in an indifferent world. A world where even the best of people would be tempted by their own self interest.

In the case of series three we got to meet a lot of people who were tested and ultimately failed at avoiding that temptation. Ironically it was the kidnapper in the active case that made the most sense to to Lund. He understood the weight of his own actions completely and while he strayed into violence he never thought higher of himself than others. He could empathize with the parents of his kidnapping victim, with Lund as she searched for justice in a world indifferent to it, and desperately wanted someone, anyone to empathize with his murdered daughter. A victim inconvenient to so many people. Empathy was his main weapon but no one but Lund was open to feeling it.

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
Flannery O’Connor

In previous seasons Lund was bruised, battered, and brought low by the end of the season. The case would fill her up, but when it was over she was once again empty. Her personal life was a disaster. She was the most alive while acting on behalf of justice. She would fall into obscurity between cases until society would call upon her one more time.

This season started with Lund receiving recognition of a long career. She was moving on to a desk job. She had attempted to start a garden at home even though she had no idea what she was doing and managed to kill all of the plants due to both inattention and trying to grow them in the wrong season. Timing in her personal life was always sadly off. She took in her son’s pregnant girlfriend. Pregnant with a half wanted and half unwanted child. The potential there was not yet realized. Like the plants it was out of season. She ran into her first real love from the academy, and after all those years he had grown into someone almost her equal. He spoke her language of justice and they connected. He was married to someone else though and had a family.

Timing. It was starting to feel like if she was ever going to have a chance at all it would have to be then. The little pieces of a real life were coming together even it was still a dysfunctional one. She could have a half dead garden, a dysfunctional family, and be a home wrecker. For her that was a happy ending and she fought even having that much despite clearly wanting it. She had a chance to live a full life or as close to one as she’d ever get. But she had one last case to get through.

By the end of the show we are at a very familiar situation. Lund knows who the killer in the old case is. The killer that the kidnapper wanted her to catch. The killer no one bothered with for years. The system wanted her to leave him alone though. The evidence was interfered with intentionally and there wasn’t enough left intact to bring him in.

The small bit of evidence she had finally found wasn’t enough to bring him in on it’s own, but it was enough she dared to call him out in private. He confirmed her worst instincts. He killed the girl. He killed girls before. He will kill them again. Continue reading


2012 Top of the Pops

Here are my Top of the Pops for the year 2012

Books (read this year)

  1. The Boy Who Followed Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
  2. The Woman Who Died a Lot, Jasper Fforde
  3. Solo: A Memoir of Hope, Hope Solo and Ann Killian
  4. Ripley Underground, Patricia Highsmith
  5. Ripley’s Game, Patricia Highsmith
  6. Ripley Underwater, Patricia Highsmith
  7. Y: The Last Man Vol. 1-7, Brian K. Vaughn
  8. Letters of a Woman Homesteader, Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  9. Dragon Ship, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
  10. The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan

Movies (watched this year)

  1. Argo
  2. Django: Unchained
  3. Thank You for Smoking
  4. Skyfall
  5. Looper
  6. Girl with a Dragon Tattoo (US Version)
  7. Dark Knight Rises
  8. Avengers
  9. The Amazing Spiderman
  10. Premium Rush

TV Shows (watched this year)

  1. Twin Peaks (series)
  2. Arrested Development (series)
  3. Teen Wolf (s1-s2)
  4. Forbrydelsen (s3)
  5. Suits
  6. Revenge (s1)
  7. Parks and Rec (series)
  8. Sports Night (series)
  9. Nashville
  10. Revolution

Music (enjoyed this year)

  1. Mika – Celebrate
  2. Muse – Survival
  3. Julee Cruise – Falling
  4. Gabriel – Solskin
  5. Imagin Dragons – It’s Time
  6. AWOLNATION – Wake Up
  7. Young Love – Find A New Way
  8. Ken – Wake City
  9. White Lies – To Lose My Life
  10. PSY – Right Now (now, don’t judge)


  1. The “Harli” Show (USWNT vs Japan Olympic Gold Medal Match)
  2. Derrick Rose torn ACL (First game of playoffs, Bulls vs 76ers)
  3. Attended USWNT vs Germany (Toyota Park, October, 2012)
  4. First time at The Alamo Drafhouse (Argo, gluten free potato skins)
  5. Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary (November)


  1. Anything Hope Solo
  2. Tom Ripley
  3. Twitter
  4. WoSo
  5. Bubble tea (Rose Black Tea)
  6. eos
  7. Instagram
  8. Rudy’s BBQ
  9. Coconut water
  10. My blue Ford Fiesta hatchback, Idris

Everyone likes a good costume drama, right?

I grew up watching a lot of costume dramas as a kid. The original Upstairs Downstairs is a prime example. That’s what happens when you are a kid with a huge attention span. Probably less alarming than my other hobby which was watching cspan or The Mclaughlin Group. Anyway, here is a list of some of my favorites chronologically through history, not production dates. It shifts to mystery/crime drama toward the end.

Most of you have probably seen at least one of these, but if you are looking for something new try out one of the others or go through them chronologically which could be fun.

North & South
1855 Industrial Revolution themed series.

1895 drama of a female doctor running a free clinic in the East End.

Duchess of Duke Street
1900s drama based on the real-life career of Rosa Lewis who worked her way up from servant to cook to running a hotel.

Downton Abbey
Parlor drama (classic Upstairs Downstairs style) starting in 1912.

Mystery series set in the 1930s.

Foyle’s War
Mystery series set in the domestic front of 1940s WWII.

Life on Mars
1970s (or is it reeeally?) crime drama.