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Helena’s group, known as Fist, tracked down, infiltrated, and attempted to thwart the plans of both much larger and better-equipped intelligence adversaries, and at the same time her resourcefulness and bravery. Finns provide satisfying tension in this above-average spy drama. The sharp action, realistic violence, the costume designers, and the setting convincingly evoke the early days of the Cold War.

The three seasons of this police show, available on Netflix, have probably done more than anything else to draw attention to Finnish television. The third season premiered on Netflix in 2020, when the pandemic was raging and no announcement was made, one way or another, about Season 4.

The main draw of “Bordertown” is Ville Virtanen’s sly performance as Kari Sorjonen, a classic yet highly capable detective in Sherlock Holmes mode. His eyes dart and his limbs twitch as he scans a crime scene before muttering, almost defensively, an eerie analysis of the sort of “We’re looking for a woman short in blue parka with a limp.” Most shows play this way for the sake of humor, but in “Bordertown” it’s completely straight forward – Kari is just as good.

“Bordertown” is possibly the best current example of Scandinavian noir, and it doesn’t fall in any significant way by the standards of that genre. Kari herself is strongly reminiscent of the famed detective Saga Noren in the Danish-Swedish work “The Bridge”, and Kari’s partnership with former Russian spy Lena Jaakkola (Anu Sinisalo) recalls a close relationship. Noren’s pair, a Swede, with a Danish detective.

Its Finland is partly a matter of isolation: The show takes place in Lappeenranta, a small, isolated city near the Russian border. Kari leaves a high-profile job in Helsinki and takes his family into the woods because he wants a place with “cozy crime.” Of course he saw the opposite, partly because Russia was near, and the corpses just kept washing.

But the show also has a modesty that can be Finnish in nature: its violence and rough-and-tumble acts are presented with more reserve than usual and with little sense of satisfaction. The detectives’ love lives in Scandinavian dramas are often bleak, with the books empty, but “Bordertown” has a genuine focus on Kari and Lena’s family and the friendship that develops between them. There are some rays between the noirs.

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