All good shows must come to an end, and so it is with the Danish crime drama The Eagle: A Crime Odyssey (Ørnen: En Krimi-Odyssé), whose final two episodes screen tonight on MHz Networks.
The Eagle: A Crime Odyssey follows an elite Danish criminal investigation team that deals with cross-border crimes across Scandinavia and Europe. The lead investigator is the charismatic Halgrim Ørn Hallgrimsson (Jens Albinus, Borgen), nicknamed “The Eagle” (“Ørnen”) for his ability to see things that others don’t.
The series is analogous to Homer’s Odyssey in many respects, with Halgrim as a moden day, a half-Danish/half-Icelandic Odysseus who gives each case a codename based on a character from the epic Greek poem.
Tonight’s 2-part episode — “Codename: Ithaca” — is named for Odysseus’ home. It’s Halgrim’s 40th birthday and the team is organizing a surprise party to celebrate. The thing is, he goes missing after learning that he is the father of a little girl.
In Iceland he meets up with a journalist who is both writing a story about the Gentech company and interested in the jamming device allegedly in the possession of former Serbian police commissioner Bosco Markovich (Uwe Kockisch, Commissario Brunetti).
Will Halgrim make it home for his birthday party? You’ll have to watch to find out.
To watch the previous two episodes, “Codename: Minos” Parts 1 and 2, in which the jamming device is a major plot device, visit MHz Network’s catch-up video page.
And stay tuned for my upcoming review of the first-ever English-subtitled DVD for The Eagle: A Crime Odyssey.