Nobel — TV Series

A gripping political thriller from Norway

As a writer, I’m always interested in viewing familiar subjects from new perspectives — putting myself in someone else’s shoes. For example, seeing America’s longest war, the conflict in Afghanistan, through Norwegian eyes is profoundly illuminating, and the series, Nobel, offers such a view.

Absent the usual red-white-and-blue cheerleading, Nobel is instead a sober political thriller about the unintended and thorny consequences of war — even when it is fought with the noblest of intentions. Operating under more restrictive rules of engagement than their American allies, Norwegian forces must navigate violent chaos, ostensibly in defense of human rights, all while under a civilian, military, and journalistic microscope — any one of which can call them to account for split-second decisions made in the face of morally ambiguous crises. Meanwhile, the Norwegian public back home is locked in fierce debate about the role of Norway — and democracy — in an increasingly turbulent world.

Developed by Per-Olav Sørensen and written along with Mette Marit Bøstad and Stephen Uhlander, Nobel originally aired on NRK last year under the title Nobel — Peace at Any Cost. And that title gives some hint at the complexities facing the protagonist, his family, and his comrades as they honestly grapple with issues seldom seen on TV here in America. From substance abuse exacerbated by overseas wars, to questioning the mission — or escalating the mission, and growing corruption at all levels of society — this is a well-acted and well-scripted series that actually makes you care about each character. I heartily recommend it.

Eight, one-hour episodes in season one — #Nobel is now available on Netflix.

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‘Nobel’ — TV Series (Review)
by Daniel Suarez, Sunday Mar 5th, 2017 (5:43 PM, PST)