In case you hadn’t noticed, the 3rd season of Dicte is out and available on Netflix streaming. Dicte in seasons 1 and 2 was a reporter for the Aarhus (Denmark) Dag Bladet internet newspaper. Well, this season, she (Dicte is played by Iben Hjejle) begins the season with her wedding to Bo.
She’s no longer on staff with newspaper, no doubt because she’s writing a book, and secondly – the paper’s management has turned over. Dicte’s friends Detective John Wagner and Linda Bendtsen of the Aarhus police return,
as does Dicte’s daughter Rosa, her best friend Anne Skov Larsen, and Dicte’s ex-husband Torsten.
Bo and Dicte have to postpone their honeymoon as he has to travel to Lebanon on assignment. Something serious will happen to Bo and this will change the entire series in Season 3. Bo is kidnapped and a huge ransom is necessary.
Dicte doesn’t have the money demanded – a million US so she’s forced to look up her biological father who is a wealthy industrialist. She’s under a lot of stress and finally confesses what is going on to John Wagner.
Soon shocking news arrives. A body is being brought back from Lebanon and Dicte is called to the airport to identify the body.
Readers, that is about as far as I will take you in so far as introducing Season 3. The first two episodes are an emotional roller coaster for Dicte and for we viewers as well.
Some characters will go and some others will be introduced. That said, the format of the show remains the same. Five stories or crimes presented in two parts. A lt of location shooting and some very strong performances.
Watch for two new characters – Nina Storm is John Wagner’s ex-wife. She will return to Aarhus, and without giving much away – she brings a lot of baggage with her. Actress Stine Stengade has the role. While you might not like the character, Stengade gives us a strong performance.
Another new character is Tonni. I can’t tell you where he fits in as that would create a spoiler. I will say, that if you are familiar with the three seasons of the Danish political series Borgen, you will recognize him. Soren Malling who played Torben Friis in Borgen has the role.
There will some stressful times for both Rosa and Dicte’s friend Anne. Torsten will be looking to buy a home out of the city, in a commune. Dicte herself will find much to stress about.
What I am getting at is that this series it a bit lower on the approval scale than either the first or second seasons. I’m not saying this was a bad season, yet it will be up to each of you to formulate your own opinion on that question. But the show still has a great look to it with the on-location shooting. Which might help create a higher sense of value for you
For what it is worth, my review of Dicte’s Season 1 is one of the most read posts on my blog. Here’s link to it –