01st Jun2017

‘The Legacy: Season Three’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

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When watching dramas that come out of Europe, we tend to think that we’ll get some good Nordic Noir where there is plenty of murder and mystery. The Legacy though is a Danish family drama with no actual murder at all (well to be fair there is a death)… When Hannah (Karla Løkke) tragically dies while on a protest with her art group the Grønnegaard family is in turmoil, especially Frederik (Carsten Bjørnlund) her father. Coming together as a family they all look to find their place, and a way to carry on.

Starting on the third season probably isn’t the best with The Legacy, but this is what I found myself doing when reviewing it. What I found though was a story that was easy to pick up on, and a group of characters that may be flawed, but were easy to relate to, and to like.

Frederik is the most interesting of the characters, as he goes through quite a journey this season. Angry with the death of his daughter, he finds himself helping her friends on their further artistic protests. This makes him feel he is finally helping his daughter who he feels he let down.

While this is happening we also have Signe (Marie Back Hansen) who is trying to expand her farm, which now includes pigs. It is interesting to see how the actions of Frederik affect her business, and how everything that happens has repercussions in the community around them.

What this season of The Legacy is about though is the Grønnegaard family finding their place in this community, as well as coming together and actually getting on. This also includes Emil (Emil Grønnegaard) and Gro (Trine Dyrholm). They all have a level of selfishness that they must get over so that they can concentrate on what matters, and that is family.

When I started watching The Legacy I’ll admit I did wonder if it wasn’t for me. I’m more of a fan of the crime dramas, but thankfully I found myself enjoying the show a lot more than I thought I would. There is enough going on in this season to keep my interest high, and a level of comedy working behind the story to keep things just a little surreal at times.

An example of this surreal nature is the pig farming, the little war between farmers, the actions of the artist group, and the repercussions of that is surprisingly filled with drama. The politics of farmer communities and the eccentricity of some of them makes things just a little unpredictable at times.

The Legacy Season Three was fun to watch, and have interesting characters that are genuinely likeable. The audience wants the family to get over their own issues so they can get back to working together, and it is easy to take sides with one side or the other, especially Frederik’s side. What the Legacy actually turns into though is a feel-good show that works through tragedy to show the importance of family.

****½  4.5/5

The Legacy: Season Three is available on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek
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