This is the story of urban police officer Salmander, a second generation Pakistani immigrant, who after accidentally killing his police horse in front of hundreds of children gets promptly dismissed. Due to a loophole in his civil service contract however, he must first serve out a 3-month notice period. His captain then banishes him to Hellfjord - a tiny fishing community in the far north of Norway that is populated by simple-minded people with an average age of 67.On arrival, things just go from bad to worse for Salmander, he eventually scratches the surface, and discovers a secret that will turn Hellfjord upside down; maybe even inside out.
After viewing season one and upon reflection I do not have much to add. I was eager to get my hands on this series after reading about its premiere but without English subtitles I was out of luck. Fortunately Madman have come through with this no-frills DVD of the first season.Beyond the basic city-cop-banished-to-small-rural-town premise, the details of the two properties (Hot Fuzz and Hellfjord) could not be more different, save for a delightfully off-kilter sense of humor and a love for their respective countries' small-town charms. In many ways, the tone of Hellfjord falls somewhere between Twin Peaks and The League of Gentleman, as it delights in creating weird backwoods characters, only to nurture a deep-seated affection for them that grows as the series progresses.
Salmander is undeniably the straight man, lost and looking for redemption through suffering, but Henrikson's Kobba is a delightful comic creation, whether abusing his gorgeous if incomprehensible mail order Finnish wife (Pihla Viitala), or discussing magazine subscriptions in minute detail over the phone with tele-sales reps.
Both me and James agree that the series works best as a marathon run, some episodes are weaker than others but the laughs certainly do not stop. Occasionally there is a specific cultural reference that cannot be understood either, but this kind of adds to the already strange package that is Hellfjord. Twitch cannot wait for more seasons of this f*cked-up show!Hellfjord is a place where a mysterious sea serpent lurks in the dark waters feeding on sheep heads, and where the premiere nightspot, Kjells Kitchen, is a combination family restaurant-cum-strip club.
James Marsh contributed to this story.