Series / Rejseholdet
(english title: Unit One
) is a Danish Cop Show
, centered around the titular, mobile, elite police task force, that travels around Denmark helping local police departments solve particularly difficult crimes, usually murders. The show ran from 2000-2004, over 3 seasons and with two film-length episodes serving as the Series Finale
The series focuses on the 5 main characters, the ambitious leader of the team, DCI Ingrid Dahl (Charlotte Fich), the rough edged and impulsive DS Allan Fischer (Mads Mikkelsen
), the perceptive and cerebral DS Thomas La Cour (Lars Brygmann), the world-weary, senior member DI Jens-Peter "I.P." Jørgensen (Waage Sandø), and the easy-going and levelheaded junior member DS Gaby Levin.
The drama is balanced between the forensic process and an unfolding backstory that includes the sometime ambivalent relationships existing between the unit members, their families and those outside the Unit. The series regularly touches on social issues including the insularity of police work, the social and emotional impact of brutal crime, as well as political and press involvement in the justice process.
- Affirmative Action Girl: Discussed In-Universe. Many of the older male cops in the force accurses Ingrid behind her back of only having become leader of the Unit due to gender politics, and Ulf usually responds by claiming she got the post as part of a deal he made with the female police chief. However, as the series progresses, it becomes clear that Ulf genuinely holds Ingrid in great respect for her investigative skills, and it is implied that he just tells his male colleagues what they want to hear whenever the subject is brought up.
- Based on a True Story/Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Toes on a blurred line between these two, as the cases the team investigates is based on real life crimes that took place in Denmark, but the credits always makes sure to display the following disclaimer: "'Rejseholdet' is fiction, with fictional characters, inspired by real events." Didn't stop some episodes from causing a bit of occasional controversy as some of the people who were involved in the real life cases, felt the show was ripping a bit too heavy into old wounds.
- Cowboy Cop: Fischer have a tendency to bend or outright break the rules of lawful conduct whenever he finds them to be too big an inconvenience and he believes he can get away with it, but none of the members of the team can call themselves completely innocent when it comes to this. Not even Ulf, who is supposed to be Da Chief, is above doing it occasionally.
- Da Chief: Ulf.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": I.P. His real first name is Jens-Peter, but he always goes by "I.P.", even to his wife. One notable exception is an episode where he is subjected to an experiment with hypnosis, during which he is mentally regressed to the age of 8. He then continues to suffer from after-effects of the session throughout the episode, and at one point he excitedly answers a phone call by introducing himself as Jens-Peter, before quickly regaining his composure and correcting himself to "I.P.".
- Five-Man Band
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Søren, who dies in the sixth episode.
- Psychic Powers: While the show is very much grounded in reality, La Cour develops an increasingly stronger and somewhat supernatural sense of post-cognition as the series goes on, and he even starts developing some kind of clairvoyance to compliment it. These skills are never fully explained and is treated as Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane, and La Cour, at least early on, prefers to explain them as just being his "intuition".
- Generation Xerox: Ingrid notes that she chose to be a cop like her father and her grandfather. Notably she also unknowningly shares some traits and mannerisms with Ulf, which, of course, is used as Foreshadowing to the fact that Ulf might be her biological father.
- The Lost Lenore: Gender Inverted example with Søren, Ingrid's long-therm boyfriend, who dies in the series' sixth episode from a brain hemorrhage. His death then continues to influence Ingrid's private life for the rest of the series.
- Mood Motif: Plenty. Most notably; the sad and tragic scenes are underscored by the same melody played by a wailling saxphone.