Only Connect: Lessons from ‘The Bridge’



A body is found on the Oresund Bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden. On further examination it’s discovered that this body has been cut in half and even more strangely the two halves belong to two different people.

So starts the latest finely worked crime drama from Scandinavia ‘The Bridge’.

It turns out that these two unfortunates aren’t the only people who aren’t working that well together.

Everyone in ‘The Bridge’ has trouble connecting with everyone else. Be it the Danish detective Martin Rohde or his Swedish counterpart Saga Noren who have to work through cultural and personality differences

Or for that matter, Rohde and his son who have grown apart after his divorce. Not forgetting Asperger-like Noren and practically everyone she comes into contact with.


What’s interesting about ‘The Bridge’ is how it explores these themes. The idea of two cops who have to work together but don’t get along is one of the oldest tropes in the book.

Yet the writers of ‘The Bridge’ avoid active hostility between the two protagonists. We can see Martin quite likes Saga but their work practices are rather different. The methodical play by the rules approach of Noren is contrasted with the more unorthodox approach of Rohde

Avoiding a further cliché the unorthodox approach is not the one that always proves the most effective.

The Bridge

In fact, as the series continues we can see how one partner begins adopting behavior once associated with the other. Like any good relationship Noren and Rohde are learning from each other.

These lessons are echoed throughout the series. One person after the other learns what is important to them and how best to relate to it.

Even Noren, who ends the series by arranging a date.

Subtle, intelligent and intriguing the ‘The Bridge’ is yet another

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