Trapped (2015-2016) Series: Hot Nordic-Noir Show From Iceland

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The ‘Trapped’ is a hot Nordic-Noir show from Iceland. This Icelandic crime drama delves into the lives of people living in a remote town located near the icy-cold Arctic Circle.

Now, imagine a cold-blooded killer is on the loose in this little city. All this while the tourists and town folks are cornered in such a place with no escape routes with heavy snow covering the entire landscape of the said town. That is the crux of the story of the first season of this crime drama.

Focus:- brief on the Nordic/Scandi/Scandinavian – Noir

Before we delve any further into the details of the “Trapped” series, allow us to explain the Nordic Noir briefly. Well according to the Nordics: “The Nordic Noir is most often considered to be a specific genre of TV series. However, it also includes literature, film productions, and video games. Besides, it has even been extended to style, design, and music. Its key elements include a murky atmosphere, dark narratives, and flawed protagonists. Its popularity may lie in the fact that it usually undercuts the dominant narrative of the Nordics as thriving states with happy people and successful economies, but there is a dark underbelly here, too.” The Nordic Noir genre is also known as Scandinavian Noir or Scandi Noir, as it is set in the Nordic or Scandinavian countries of Europe. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland Islands are part of the Nordic Region.

Trailer of the Trapped (S1/2015-2016) Series

Trailer – Trapped (S1/2015-2016) Show | YouTube.

Synopsis of the Trapped (S1/2015-2016) Series

As a small ship carrying 300 passengers from Denmark pulls into an Icelandic town’s small port, heavy snow begins to fall. So, the said ship can’t leave until the snowstorm stops. Also, the only road into town is closed because of heavy snow. Then, a mutilated and dismembered body of an unidentifiable man washes on the shore; apparently, he was murdered only a few hours ago.

The local police chief – Andri Olafssun (played by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson), and a small police team confront the reality that a killer has entered their small town. As word spreads, order disintegrates into chaos as the ferry’s passengers and the town’s residents realize they are all possible suspects. All these folks are trapped with a killer in the small town in that snowy winter season.

Ratings of the Trapped (S1/2015-2016) Series

FM’s rating4.00/5
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date100% Tomatometer &
95% Audience Score
FM & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Trapped (S1/2016) Show

Spoilers Free Review of the Trapped (S1/2015-2016) Series

The introduction

Season one of this series made us feel cold, anxious, tense and claustrophobic. Equally important, the rugged icy landscape and the wintry season of Iceland play important roles in this series. Furthermore, the snowstorms and the avalanches only make matters worse for the ordinary town folks. They were caught in a modest-sized township with an unknown murderer (s) let loose in their midst.

Baltasar Kormákur's television show Ófærð (Trapped) was predominantly filmed in Siglufjörður, with only a handful of outdoor scenes being captured in the Eastfjords and Reykjavík.

About Iceland – the setting of this crime mystery

Iceland nation is also known as ‘The Land of Fire and Ice‘ due to its contrasting landscapes – volcanoes and glaciers. However, in season one of this series, we (the viewers) are exposed only to the snow-laden town and icy cold water, as it was filmed in real locations featuring predominantly real snow. And this geographical setup only added to the general feelings of being trapped with no escape in sight.

Being trapped

In this show, among most of the residents of this small town, there is a heightened sense of being trapped. Besides, the remote location of the town, the prevailing cold winter weather situations and icy conditions contribute to the said feeling. In addition, no help of any kind can arrive from Reykjavik. So, everyone is anxious and afraid of the killers’ presence in this small town. And in this place, there is no way to escape. So, everyone is trapped.

The conclusion

All the actors, including its towering lead actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Andri), have done a great job. All in all, it is a good crime drama, that demands our unwavering attention because of its less-heard Icelandic language, and the English subtitles. In the end, when the killers were caught, we all felt relieved. We were no longer trapped. It was a tension-filled but thrilling crime mystery from Iceland.

Spoilers Alert – episode summary of this Nordic-Noir from Iceland

A peek into the Ten (10) Episodes of its First (2016) Season

First (S1, E1) Episode | December 27, 2015

A dismembered body is found in the river, sparking an investigation and a call to Reykjavik for detective reinforcements to assist the small local police force.

Second (S1, E2) Episode | January 3, 2016

With no police support able to arrive from Reykjavik until the snowstorm clears, Andri and his colleagues need to work fast.

Third (S1, E3) | JEpisode anuary 10, 2016

The town is still cut off from all help by snowstorms and pack ice, and the local police have somehow managed to lose both the victim’s body and the only suspect.

Fourth (S1, E4) Episode | January 17, 2016

With the murderer still at large, unrest is beginning to grow among the still-trapped townspeople and tourists. The police’s list of potential suspects is becoming larger, but with discontent growing and the looming threat of an avalanche above the town, they face a race against time to unravel the mystery.

Fifth (S1, E5) Episode | January 24, 2016

An avalanche has caused a total blackout, and in the darkness, everyone is anxious and afraid.

Sixth (S1, E6) Episode | January 31, 2016

Uneasy and agitated, the townspeople gather in the church demanding answers as police chief Andri questions how much he should tell them.

Seventh (S1, E7) Episode | February 7, 2016

With the weather finally improving, the investigation team from Reykjavik arrives and gets a confession to both murders.

Eight (S1, E8) Episode | February 14, 2016

Captain Carlsen agrees to work with the police; on the ferry, one crew member is wanted by police all over Europe.

Ninth (S1, E9) Episode | February 21, 2016

Andri finds a key that could have serious implications for his whole family.

Tenth (S1, E10) Episode | February 28, 2016

Andri and Hinrika obtain a confession to the murder of Geirmundur Jansson, and there’s more to it than anyone expected.

Poster of the Trapped (S1/2015-2016) Series

Trapped (S1/2016) Show – Poster.

Key Details about the Trapped (S1/2015-2016) Series

GenreCrime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Original languageIcelandic
Original titleÓfærð (in Icelandic) – means “unable to move”
ReleasedDecember 27, 2015
SeasonFirst (1st)
EpisodesTen (Episodes)
CreatorBaltasar Kormákur
CastÓlafur Darri Ólafsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
About – Trapped (S1/2015-2016) Show

Trapped series has two more seasons – the second season (2018-2019) with ten episodes and the third season (2022) with eight episodes. We have yet to watch these two seasons, so we shall post the articles about these two seasons at a later date.

Note from Team FM

Awards won by the Trapped (S1/2015-2016) Series

Names of the AwardsWinners of the Awards
Edda Awards, Iceland – 2016Television Drama/Comedy of the Year (Skemmtiþáttur ársins) – Winner Edda Award
Best Music (Tónlist í kvikmynd/sjónvarpi) – Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Rutger Hoedemaekers – Winner Edda Award
Prix Europa, 2016Winner Prix Europa – Best Episode of a TV Fiction Series or Serial – Baltasar Kormákur (producer/director)
Writers’ Guild of Great Britain – 2017Best Long Form TV Drama – Clive Bradley – Winner Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award
Awards – Trapped (S1/2016) Show

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Featured & Other Images: Trapped | IMDb.

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