At least here in the United States, this is how counterterrorism intelligence services felt in 2011 at least via cable and streaming. But in Israel and Europe, it is still an exciting topic for writers and producers. The new Netflix series that divides its time between Norway and Israel. Which may seem like a thing of the recent past, but it’s changing audiences.
Alex Bake (Aneke von der Lipe) and Carl (Anders T. Andersen) surprise their daughter Pia (Andrea Berntzen) for her birthday. They knocked on their apartment door but found that Pia wasn’t there; friends watching him say he was far away in Israel. He went there and said nothing made Alex feel like fighting.
What they went through a few weeks ago ruined their relationship.
At Sinai, Pia is on the beach with Nadav (Daniel Litman) and Noah Solomon (Shira Yosef). He had fun; Nadav and his sister hum it for his birthday. But we also saw him being spied on with binoculars. On the way back to their whereabouts, the three are kidnapped by ISIL agents.
After not hearing from Pia for days, Alex decides to go to Israel to find out what happened. He visits the Ministry of Intelligence, where his old friend Arik (Amos Tamam), Israel’s Minister of Intelligence, is located. Alex is a diplomat who worked with Arik during the 1992 Oslo Accords. He asks him to help him find out where Pia might have gone. He goes to Pia’s hotel to investigate, but Arik soon gets terrible news about the kidnapping.
ISIL called for a prisoner swap, including 12 Palestinians held by Israel and Abu Salim (Abhin Galeya) held in Norway. Both Alex and Carl are shown a video in which Pia is forced to sue her captors. Alex ordered her husband, a judge, to stay in Oslo and pressure the government to release Salim. Even though the government’s official position was not to negotiate with terrorists. On the other hand, Arik must consider a trade-off. By bringing some of the prisoners back to previous terrorist activities. Or going inside and taking them away in hopes of avoiding casualties.
When a member of the Norwegian embassy tells Alex. That they are waiting to see what the Israeli government can do. Alex releases information that led to the separation from Pia. She goes to Arik, gets married, has two children, and tells him that Pia is his daughter.
There’s just something about Oslo Girl that looks like a show:
This happened around 2011 and is preserved to this day. On the one hand, the conspiracy with IS. Although the organization is still very active in real life, now seems outdated. However, another aspect that makes the show seem outdated is the position of the good man-bad man. The black and white position.
We have innocent young women kidnapped by big and evil Islamic terrorists. Then we have his mother. A diplomat determined to free him at all costs. And the friendly Israeli secret service which helped him. It seems like a more straightforward story, even if added the monkey lock to the Lily family. The fact that Arik is Lily’s real father is not a big surprise. By considering Alex dropped a massive bomb on Pia which they argue about.
The plot becomes more complicated as Abu Salim tries to be freed. As a part of an exchange and launches a rescue mission. But in the end, it’s still a story of the good men. We seem to have seen on shows from the US, Israel, and Europe.
While episodes of The Girl from Oslo are 30 minutes each short. The plot is so simple and predictable that it’s better to find a much better show with a similar theme to Fauda.