Series / Trapped

Ófærð, known in English-speaking markets as Trapped, is a Nordic Noir thriller television series created by Icelandic actor and director Baltasar Kormákur. It was first aired in Iceland in December 2015, and on the BBC in February 2016. A second series has been announced for broadcast in 2018.

The series begins with a dismembered torso washing up in a small Icelandic port just as a regular ferry arrives, leading to suspicions that it might have been thrown overboard from the ship. As the investigation begins, a violent snowstorm blows up, completely cutting off the town from the rest of the world.

This series provides examples of:

  • Asshole Victim: Virtually every murder/ suicide victim on this show is one. Geirmundur was a career criminal, arsonist and rapist who was stabbed to death by his rape victim. Hrafn was a corrupt police chief-turned mayor who was part of a conspiracy to commit arson that resulted in the death of a young woman and the unjust imprisonment of her boyfriend, and who covered up a rape - he ended up being burnt alive by the father of his (indirect) victim. Sigurður, who committed suicide while in police custody, was also part of the conspiracy and helped cover up a murder...though granted, he's more of a Jerkass Woobie.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humour: The real-life shipping company Smyril Line gets a lot of promotion through having its name painted on the side of the ferry. However, the series depicts the captain and chief engineer of the ferry as malevolent sex traffickers.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The conspiracy that resulted in all the deaths and tragedy in the series is exposed and the surviving perpetrators are arrested. However, the two individuals who have been (rightfully) been arrested for the two major murderers committed are themselves victims of said conspiracy and their troubles are only beginning (though in Maria's case, she could possibly plead self-defence). Andri's family is torn apart with his ex-wife making her decision to leave town with her new boyfriend final, taking their kids with her, his father-in-law in prison having been arrested by him, and his mother-in-law blaming him for the arrest. On the plus side, certain characters such as the two Nigerian sisters and Hjörtur get more upbeat endings to their individual stories.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: One of the Nigerian girls wets herself in terror when she sees the Chief Engineer approaching the house where she's hiding.
  • Da Chief: Technically, Andri is one, being the town's police chief. A better example though is &A Elig;var, Commissioner of Reykjavík PD, Andri's superior and (implied) mentor.
  • Domestic Abuse: The town's mayor Hrafn frequently beat his wife Kolbrún.
  • Defective Detective
  • Dysfunction Junction
  • Heel–Face Turn: The Captain eventually informs on the Chief Engineer and deliberately prevents him from finding out where the Nigerian girls are hiding.
  • Insurance Fraud: The crime that set into motion the events of the series. In 2008, amidst the global recession, the town's elites - namely businessman Leifur, hotelier Guðni and police chief Hrafn, hire Geirmundur to set fire to Leifur's fish factory so that they could collect insurance money. Their plan resulted inadvertently resulted in the death of a young woman, Dagný, and her boyfriend Hjörtur being falsely accused of starting the fire and imprisoned.
  • Locked in a Freezer: At the climax Guðni locks Leifur and Andri in the fish factory's cold room and leaves them to freeze to death. They manage to attract attention by burning rags to set off the fire alarm.
  • My Greatest Failure: Andri's is a case he failed to solve back when he was a detective in the Reykjavík PD. A girl went missing and Andri, desperate to find her, is implied to have attempted to beat a confession out of the prime suspect. His then-partner, Trausti reported him. This failure led to him leaving Reykjavík and becoming police chief of a small isolated town.
  • Nordic Noir
  • Sex with the Ex: Andri with Agnes.
  • Snow Means Death. The premise of the series is murder in a town that's cut off from the outside world due to typically Icelandic violent snowstorm. Death ensues!