Occupied, Season 1HDClosed Captioning
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Occupied is a multi-layered political suspense thriller set in a not-so-distant future. Following up on their environmental promises, the Norwegian government halts all oil production sending the country and the rest of the world into crisis.Unable to ignore the calls from the rest of the world to intervene, Russia, at the behest of the EU, stages a 'silk-glove' invasion - to secure the oil for the rest of the world. They have, they say, every intention of retreating once this has been accomplished. But events unfold that threaten to change all of this.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoApril||Prime Minister Jesper Berg’s main political promise was to turn off all oil and gas production and make the transition to Thorium Energy. After major upheavals in the Middle East this choice has led to a recession, and has also caused an energy crisis in Europe. The EU has started serious protests against Jesper Berg's proposal. The Prime Minister will therefore hold a press conference where everyone expects him to stop the oil cut-off, but Jesper Berg does the opposite. He maintains the promise and claims that Thorium will replace oil. Meanwhile restaurant owner Bente Norum informs her employees that she cannot afford to pay them any longer. They are on the brink of bankruptcy.Hans Martin Djupvik (HM) is Jesper's bodyguard and is responsible for the Prime Minister's security at the press conference. While leaving HM fails to prevent Jesper Berg from being kidnapped by Russians in a helicopter. Russia has been commissioned by the EU to enter Norway and take control of oil production.||45:21||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMay||Jesper Berg insures journalist Thomas Eriksen that the Russian presence is in no way is an occupation. It's only about an energy policy cooperation. During a medal ceremony May 17th a young guardsman attempts to shoot Russian ambassador Irina Sidorova. HM saves her at the last second. The Russians see the assassination attempt as a declaration of war and arrest the soldier. The situation escalates and military forces are ready for fight on both sides. HM interrogates the soldier, Stefan Christensen, and understands that he has acted on his own terms. He manages therefore to eventually convince the ambassador that this is an isolated incident and not a declaration of war from the Norwegian military, and terminates a very tense situation. Sidorova is deeply impressed with him.Bente has had to give up the entire business, but on May 17th a Russian company wants to rent the restaurant. The company is very pleased and Bente sees a chance for better times, but on the way home from the restaurant one of the Russian guests is brutally run down and killed by a car.||45:20||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoJune||Thomas Eriksen pushes Jesper Berg, he wants the Prime Minister to give a specific date for when the Russians are leaving. Jesper Berg gives in to the pressure and promises to accommodate this. He asks the Russians for a date, but they refuse to discuss anything with the Prime Minister until they are assured that the Chechen man who ran down the Russian will be extradited. HM, who now receives great confidence from the Russians, is asked to investigate. The young son of the Chechen man, Iljas, seeks out HM and confesses to the murder. HM doesn’t believe him, and manages to get Iljas to admit that he took the blame to protect his father. HM informs the Russians about the confession, but they don’t believe that it was not a premeditated murder – they are certain it is a political act. HM releases Iljas and promises that everything will work out, but meanwhile Elbek is notified that he will be expelled from the country. When Iljas visits his father in prison he finds him dead in his cell. HM cannot comprehend what has happened and asks his wife Hilde. Hilde is a judge and manages to find out that the government office has rushed this case through. In a newscast that evening Jesper Berg announces when the Russians are leaving.||45:23||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoJuly||HM is now working solely as an investigator for PST. He will investigate and prevent crimes committed against Russians in Norway. He and his colleague Ingrid have questioned a 14-year-old boy regarding his anti Russian blog. Just as they are about to drive him home, a car bomb explodes in the PST garage and the young boy is severely injured. An organization that calls itself Free Norway contacts Thomas Eriksen and takes responsibility for the bomb. They want Thomas Eriksen to write for their advantage or his wife Bente’s Russian-friendly restaurant will be their next target. Bente's restaurant has started to do very well and she is happy that they finally are on their feet again. Thomas doesn’t think they are serious and decides not to tell Bente about the threat. HM is frustrated by the limited monitoring they have access to at PST. He discovers that the Russians are doing more extensive surveillance and through their intelligence, he manages to find the PST bomber. This proves to be the same soldier who carried out the assassination attempt on Irina Sidorva, Stefan Christensen.||44:37||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAugust||The Russian departure is only few days away, and preparations for them to leave the country takes place at all levels. Jesper Berg makes plans for how to resurrect the party, but when he introduces his plan he discovers that the party wants to throw him as Prime Minister in order to remove itself from the recent events. HM continues to hunt Free Norway. He believes a person named Eivind Birkeland could be one of the leaders. Birkeland is active on Youtube with political posts against the Russians. PST chief Wenche Arnesen does not think the Russians are going to leave willingly, but Jesper Berg will not listen to her warnings. She secretly contacts Birkeland in order to help the resistance. HM has a breakthrough in the investigation and finds out where Iljas and Stefan are, and Wenche informs Birkeland about this. HM still manages to arrest Stefan, but Iljas gets away. Meanwhile, Thomas Eriksen receives tips from Free Norway to go to a major oil and gas facility at Viksund. Thomas understands too late that they intend to blow the plant up. He sees the explosion from a distance. Jesper Berg is about to announce his resignation as Prime Minister and party leader when he is notified that a bomb at the Viksund plant has killed 18 Russians and damaged the main gas line down to Europe. The Russians cannot leave yet and Jesper Berg must remain seated as Prime Minister||45:02||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSeptember||Norway has managed to repair the gas lines after the Viksund bombing, but the EU believes that the political landscape is too uncertain for the Russians to withdraw at this time. They have no guarantee that Norway simply will turn the oil on again after Russia has left. Jesper Berg is very concerned about how things will evolve if the Russians stay. In contrary to his entire ideological position, Berg offers the EU a referendum where the people must guarantee gas deliveries to Europe for ten years. In return the EU guarantees military action in order to force Russia’s retreat. Both the party and his wife are in utter disbelief, yet they endorse Jesper’s election and stand by his side.HM is frantically working at PST to find out who is behind the Viksund attack. Meanwhile, Wenche increases her participation in the resistance movement, which obviously creates problems for the investigation. The Russians are putting tremendous pressure on HM, but Wenche’s secret actions are making it very difficult to solve the case.||45:24||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoOctober||Jesper Berg has won the election, but the Russians show no signs of intending to leave the country. On the contrary, they have increased their military activity. The Prime Minister now expects military assistance from the EU to get them out, but the EU is reluctant to enter a military conflict with Russia.HM is terminated from PST after a conflict with Wenche. He receives an offer from the Russians that he declines, but Jesper Berg emerges unexpectedly and requests that HM accepts to work for the Russians after all. The Prime Minister and the Intelligence Service need his eyes and ears behind the closed doors of the Russian headquarters.Thomas suspects that Bente is having an affair with Nikolaj. That evening he gets into an irreconcilable argument with Bente, right before he leaves for work in Finnmark. Once there, Thomas befriends a Sami man who eventually helps him cross the Russian border illegally – which has fatal consequences.||45:25||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNovember||Jesper Berg understands that he will not get anywhere with the EU, and initiates a police action in order to get the Russians out of the country. The Russian ambassador, Sidorova, advises him to refrain from continuing to expel Russians, but Jesper Berg dismisses her warnings. This leads to him being taken hostage by a Russian paramilitary group. HM is now working closely with the Russians and has faith that he will be able to rescue the Prime Minister by negotiation, but PST decides to liberate Berg by killing the paramilitaries in a sniper attack. Bente, Petter and Maja are slowly recovering after Thomas’ death, trying to get back to everyday life. Bente refuses to accept that the death was anything more than an accident, but eventually it becomes too difficult for her to ignore how plausible it is that he was murdered by the Russians.||44:48||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDecember Part 1||Jesper Berg continues as Norway’s Prime Minister from within the US Embassy, but the Americans are not particularly thrilled over Jesper Berg's politics. They are afraid he will provoke the Russians even more. Berg eventually convinces the Americans to invite Sidorova into the embassy. Wenche is disappointed that Berg is still working for diplomatic solutions. She initiates a comprehensive resistance action, but also realizes that in a short matter of time she will be too ill to continue the fight.Bente is struggling with serving the Russians now that she knows they killed her husband. She understands that Petter and his friend Oskar are involved with the resistance movement. Through Oskar she manages to get in contact with Free Norway and offers them information about the Russians that frequent her restaurant. This information is so significant that it leads way for Free Norway to kidnap Sidorova. The kidnappers create a video where they interpret Jesper Berg’s words as a call to resistance and they set an ultimatum; The Russians must leave or they will kill her within 24 hours.||45:23||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDecember Pt. 2||The Americans do not want Jesper Berg to continue his stay at the embassy and offer him a ticket to Switzerland. Berg politely declines, and in an interview with an American news channel he manages to bring the USA over on the Norwegian side of the conflict. The American ambassador is furious as this is the opposite of what he asked for, and Berg is removed from the embassy.Wenche does everything in her power to mislead the police in their search for Sidorova, but HM eventually finds her and rescues her from the kidnappers. New and more militant-looking leaders are in the process of taking over management at the Russian headquarters. Sidorova comes back and tries to take back control, but it is too late. Forces from both sides are about to collide. Sidorova asks HM to help her to continue working for peace and diplomacy.Free Norway saves Jesper Berg by getting him out of the country, but they give him an ultimatum. Are you ready to fight for your country?||44:02||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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One of the best TV series I have ever seen. Absolutely terrific. Don't miss if you like good TV Drama
Excellent - when is series 2
The understated tension in "Occupied" is addictive, and I hope there is a season 2. One of the best TV shows in years. Great work.
This show is about a Russian takeover of Norway's remote oil fields. The show portrays how Russian use soft power to intrude on western democracies and support their military intrusions. The plot is good and the drama surrounding the plot is compelling. The show gives laughably bad treatment to the dramatic situations between characters. For instance, two characters start a very boring affair without having spoken more than ten sentences to each other. Most of the show consists of short meetings between two characters and one announces something new and dramatic and they are both off to more meetings. The worst part of the show is the portrayal of spycraft. Often the tradecraft in police procedurals like CSI is a compelling part of the show. The Night Manager, Berlin Station and The Bureau (France) all include interesting bits of spycraft that make you think that what you are seeing is an honest portrayal of how things would really work in a spy agency. This is not the case in Occupied because in the Norwegian spy agency only one guy does all the work. The but ugly male lead guards the PM, guards the Russian diplomats, participates in anti-terror raids, interrogates all prisioners, monitors satellite feeds and then drives off to pursue the bad guys. Whether he is knifed or shot he is always back at work later that same day.