The Investigation: Season 1 (2021)

Season 1
The Investigation

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Though not all of its innovations pay off, The Investigation's deliberate focus on the aftermath of a heinous crime successfully eschews sensationalism while offering sobering insights into the harsh realities of seeking justice.



Critic Ratings: 21


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Air date: Feb 1, 2021

When Head of Homicide for Copenhagen Police Jens Møller (Søren Malling) comes in for the morning briefing, an investigator reports on a strange case. A homemade submarine carrying a female Swedish journalist and the submarine's inventor has gone missing. When the submarine is located later in the day, only the submarine's inventor is rescued before the submarine suddenly sinks. Now Jens Møller and his team of investigators must quickly decide how to approach the case, as the journalist is still missing and the submarine is at the bottom of the sea.

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Air date: Feb 8, 2021

Jens Møller (Søren Malling) is under constant pressure from reporters who are chasing news of the case. Meanwhile, rumors and theories abound. Were the Swedish journalist and the accused previously acquainted? Did they stage it all as part of 'a happening'? The journalist's parents (Pernilla August and Rolf Lassgård) are assisting the police in their work to find out what happened to their daughter, and forensics are working hard to find important clues in the capsized submarine -- without any luck. Then the case suddenly takes a dramatic turn.

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Air date: Feb 15, 2021

While the forensic team works, Jens Møller (Søren Malling) and his team of investigators are waiting for answers. Have they found conclusive evidence that the Swedish journalist is dead, and if so, has a crime been committed? Jens Møller goes to Sweden to confirm the journalist's death to the grieving parents (Pernilla August and Rolf Lassgård) while Navy divers search the seabed in the Sound for more clues. Jens Møller then has a radical idea that might help the investigation.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2021

Jens Møller (Søren Malling) gets assistance with the search. Swedish cadaver dogs that can locate bodies more than 20 metres below sea level are brought in. Although the dogs mark the areas quite accurately, the divers don't find anything. There is a question over whether the dogs can be used at all. Then Jens Møller hears from an oceanographer who offers new insight.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2021

The case is slowly coming together, but Jens Møller (Søren Malling) and his team still have no conclusive evidence. Chief Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen (Pilou Asbæk) emphasizes that they must determine the motive and cause of death in order to bring charges against the accused. They must be able to dispel any reasonable doubt. Otherwise, there's no case. Jens Møller calls a surprise press conference with the hope of encouraging the accused or his acquaintances to talk, while a more thorough search of the suspect's computer reveals some gruesome secrets.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2021

Chief Prosecutor Jakob-Buch Jepsen (Pilou Asbæk) makes it clear to Jens Møller (Søren Malling) that they need more firm evidence to bring charges in the case. Otherwise, they risk the accused walking free. Investigator Maibritt Porse (Laura Christensen) refuses to drop the case, and after nearly 6 months of hard work she finds the key that might dispel any reasonable doubt. Jens Møller appears to have solved an impossible case, but at the same time, he realizes that his time as Head of Homicide is coming to an end.

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Cast & Crew

Hans Henrik Clemensen
Nikolaj Storm
Rolf Lassgård
Jachim Wall
Søren Malling
Jens Møller
Pernilla August
Ingrid Wall
Laura Christensen
Maibritt Porse
Josephine Park
Pilou Asbæk
Jakob Buch-Jensen
Henrik Birch
Lars Møller
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Critic Reviews for The Investigation Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12)

The show's center is not the gruesome details of Wall's murder, but the process of investigation itself. It's a procedural in the truest sense of the word.

Jan 25, 2021 | Full Review…

This feels like a new direction for true crime, an antidote of sorts to the showier serial killer documentaries that seem to be everywhere.

Feb 9, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It feels truthful, and is deeply affecting, and is incredibly tense even though you know the outcome. There is nothing schlocky about it at all.

Feb 8, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The Investigation eschews any vulgar trappings typical of the genre, choosing to methodically shine a light on the worst parts of humanity rather than letting them linger unchecked in the spotlight.

Feb 2, 2021 | Full Review…

As an effort to inject some personal domestic drama into an investigative piece it's a misfire.

Feb 1, 2021 | Full Review…

The drama is subtle and patient, if sometimes dry, but there is something extremely powerful about not framing a woman's murder as pure entertainment.

Feb 18, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In this first episode I already admire the taciturn intensity of all involved in bringing justice to the dead. Can't wait for the next five Monday nights to see it through. Join me?

Feb 18, 2021 | Full Review…

Wall's parents, Ingrid and Joachim (Pernilla August and Rolf Lassgård), add much-needed humanity as they experience immense kindness from their neighbors and continue to push for justice.

Feb 9, 2021 | Full Review…

It's a welcome approach, not relying on gruesome imagery to sell the narrative, even if the series doesn't always make of most of their absence by showcasing other interesting investigative tools.

Feb 9, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Raises the bar for true crime drama. It does so by rejecting every last one of the genre's conventions.

Feb 9, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The Investigation [is] not only refreshing but also respectful - something that other true-crime dramas have failed to do before.

Feb 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Seeing these cops and prosecutors make their way through Madsen's lies to get to the truth will be interesting to watch.

Feb 2, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Investigation: Season 1

  • Feb 15, 2021
    Another brilliant way to brush up your Danish (and a bit of Swedish when Rolf Lassgård is talking). This series really give the viewer an insight into the agony of investigating officers. I loved the respectful interplay between Jens and the head of the diving unit; the respectful discussion with the Swedes about the benefits of cadaver dogs and the sheer despair when the dogs APPEARED not to come up to scratch ;and the relationship between Jens and the forensic guy and the prosecutor who needed absolute assurance of cause of death. As other critics have said, this was a slow burn and, considering the size of the Køge Bugt, I am still in total awe that they eventually, arduously, slowly, found the various body parts! The only bit I found unsatisfactory (and possibly edited down to almost irrelevance) was the Jens/daughter relationship-certainly communication among family members was severely wanting but surely Jens' desire to solve the case needed to be explained properly to Cecilie.
  • Feb 15, 2021
    Cool and forensic six-parter, acted with restraint and respect for the gruesome material, and often seeming to play out in real time. Where other directors might choose to conflate certain sequences, director Lindholm is focused on the procedural frustrations and reversals. Occasionally this becomes self-conscious and bathetic, but overall this is a fascinating and expertly made drama, and a fine tribute to journalist Kim Wall and her parents.
  • Feb 11, 2021
    I have watched the first 2 episodes of The Investigation. It is the most boring series I have ever watched in my 50+ years. Every character is overly boring, the way they speak, the way they act, and even move or walk. Everything about this movie screams SLOW as it drags and drags with boring characters. It has no action, no suspense, no comedy, nothing. The coolest thing in the show so far are the chief detective's 2 dogs, and they only show them for 4-5 seconds about twice per episode when he lets them out to use the bathroom. I know they are trying to make it as realistic as they can, but they went overboard. If the next (3rd) episode doesn't pick up the pace and give us something to be exited about, or make it more interesting, I don't think many people are going to tune in for another agonizing 50 minutes. I know I won't. If you like falling asleep while watching TV, then maybe The Investigation is for you.
  • Feb 02, 2021
    It may be better than I can appreciate--and I may be a troglodyte. However: I didn't realize it's in Danish, and how that would complicate an already complicated story or its telling. I'm not averse to foreign-language content, and love intellectual engagement but The Investigation demands inordinate focus, with little return on investment. The pace is sloth-like, the plot is detailed, complicated, even convoluted--and the net effect is Scandinavian dark and bleak. I couldn't immerse myself in it, given: (1) the complexities of the story itself, (2) the idiosyncratic mode of storytelling, (3) the Danish cultural nuances/references/differences at play (and wasn't able to parse out those vs. know what were simply intentional plot elements or quirks of characters since I have no clue about Denmark, its people, or the Danish criminal law system), and (4) the sounds of the Danish language in foreground and background (to me, totally unfamiliar) while needing to focus intently on the subtitles. Ultimately, I found it frustrating and too much work to be enjoyable or worthwhile. At best, it's not for everyday, casual, after-work viewing. At least for me. Critics I admire seem to love it, so you may too.

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