Yes, Birgitte is back! Series 4 – aka Borgen: Power and Glory – is now out on Netflix, and series 1-3 are still available on Netflix, BBC iPlayer and DVD. Here’s enough to sate any fan of Birgitte, Katrine, Kasper and Torben and some of the finest moments of Scandinavian drama. Here are links to my regular update on season 4, my recaps of the episodes from series 1 and 2, a news blog about series 3 with links to all the articles as they happened, and other articles.
Series 4 news, regularly updated
Episode recaps and reviews
Long, detailed recaps ahoy. For each episode, a short synopsis is followed by some general comment or recap, sections on how the episode affects the main characters, and anything else that caught my eye. (Different episodes may have different sections.) We also look at the links between Borgen and the show it has most been compared with, The West Wing.
The opening synopses won’t tell you what happens at the end of each episode, but the main comments section assumes that you know, or don’t mind knowing, how the episode ends.
Borgen is blessed with lots of fine acting, but we don’t look at the actors, nor at links between Borgen and the other Scandinavian shows that have wowed audiences recently – you can find that material online already.
I’m certain you won’t agree with some of the comments so please add your own views and insights. Being a fan means engaging with the material, playing with it, enjoying it, bringing different things to it and taking different things away. I hope you’ll find enough in here that helps you to deepen your own relationship with the programme. On the other hand, I have not yet come across anyone who finds the character of Pernille Madsen appealing, so if you’re a Madsen fan you’re probably on your own.
The recaps from series 1 are still available in Kindle form in the ebook How to win power and lose everything in case that format is more accessible to you. If you have Kindleunlimited it’s free (if you download it on Kindleunlimited and read it or at least get to the end then I get some money which is nice).
Recaps currently available
S1 E7 See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
S1 E10 The first Tuesday in October
S2 E2 In Brussels, no one can hear you scream
S2 E7 What is lost inwardly must be won outwardly – Part 1
S2 E8 What is lost inwardly must be won outwardly – Part 2
S2 E9 The Sanctity of Private Life
S2 E10 An Extraordinary Remark
Series 3 blog – as it happened
Birgitte Nyborg made me feel like an old whore: what Borgen’s Sidse Babett Knudsen told Nordicana
The story not the star: how do you Bridge a Kim Bodnia-sized gap? Looks at casting issues arising in series 3 of Borgen.
Book review: The Borgen Experience, by Camilla Hammerich