Did I buy Saga, the high functioning autistic? About 40 percent of the time. I felt whacked over the head with her ‘look at me … I’m not normal … I’m not like you … I’m not emotional ‘. All my decisions are rational. As she said as she and Martin drove over the bridge (that’s The Bridge with a capital T), ‘I don’t think about it.’
But her reaction to her new live in boyfriend unpacking his CDs was certainly not rational.
‘What are you doing,’ she asks.
He replies ‘Putting away my things. Where should I put them?’
‘Back in the box,’ she says.
But surely a rational person who puts two and two together for a living can work it out.
(Boyfriend + live in my apartment) + (I have stuff = he has stuff) = Boyfriend puts stuff in my apartment.
Then Martin. The writers are attempting to play the contrast, but Martin’s forced waves of grief or bursts of anger do not feel real and did not trigger a response from me. Do they not have malleable faces in Scandinavia? I gulp, considering my ancestors from Denmark. Does my face not show expression either.
Yet, the story seems good and the story will keep me watching. Five ‘youngsters’ (well, that’s what the English translation called them) chained below deck on the ‘ship’, the crew AWOL. ‘Youngsters’ means young adults, people in their twenties. The ship’s owner lies to Martin and Saga, and then peers guiltily at them as they drive away.
Finally, the last minute hints at a connection between the young attention seeking boy (this one is a ‘youngster’, around thirteen or so) and the outbreak of pneumonic plague. The young boy’s brother works in an animal testing lab. But we don’t know the why. Yet.