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From my new review of the TV show Occupied in Taki’s Magazine:

‘Occupied’: Homeland of Glass
Steve Sailer

April 22, 2020

One of the more interesting television series of the past decade is Occupied, an intelligent Norwegian nationalist political thriller now available on Netflix. It’s both an anti–European Union tribute to the Norwegian people and the near-utopian country they have built, and a clear-eyed critique of their increasing foolishness. Although played out with stoic gravity, the show also offers an amusing satire on Nordic gender relations as its henpecked heroes can seldom persuade their feminist wives to heed their husbands’ warnings that life is about to become far more serious.

Occupied loses momentum in its 2019 third season, but the eighteen 45-minute episodes from 2015 and 2017 are an impressively lucid imagining of a future European political crisis. While an American movie would concentrate on explosions and an American television show on soap opera, this Norwegian thriller focuses on its characters trying to decide what their loyalties should be in this fluid situation.

Moreover, Occupied serves as a vast metaphor for what happens to a feminized culture that finds itself cast back into the old masculine world of force. It’s based upon a 2012 story idea by best-selling detective novelist Jo Nesbø, who takes a Hobbesian view of human nature. “I think the feeling we [Norwegians] are secure and things can’t really change is an illusion,” he cautions.

Occupied is set in a near future in which an isolationist America has withdrawn from NATO, leaving small but oil-rich Norway without a superpower protector, while an energy crisis caused by civil wars in the Persian Gulf devastates the economies of the rest of Europe.

Read the whole thing there.

 
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  1. Does Greenpeace ask the Russians to shut down the thorium reactors to prevent another Chernobyl?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  2. anonymous[177] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s nice to find islands of cultural sanity in a sea of left wing propaganda.

    An amusing thing about the new DOOM game, set in a post-apocalyptic Earth which has been infested with intergalactic demons, is that throughout the game you encounter hollograms spouting propaganda like “Earth is the melting pot of the universe” and “Demon is an offensive term. Refer to them as mortally0challenged.”

    This has drawn the ire of twitter SJWs, needless to say.

    • Agree: jim jones, Kronos
    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    , @anonn
    , @Kronos
  3. Inverness says:

    an energy crisis caused by civil wars in the Persian Gulf devastates the economies of the rest of Europe.

    They should try that. Maybe that could get the price of oil back firmly in positive territory.

  4. Russia and the European Union team up to occupy Norway!? I’m sure it’s totaly plausible and not just NATO propaganda by Norwegians who give themselves too much importance!

  5. Anonymous[205] • Disclaimer says:

    Two points:

    Firstly, Norway is a potential ‘green energy superpower’, its many rugged mountains and long North Sea coastline giving it enormous and excellent potential for wind energy generation, if not ‘pumped storage’ of electrical energy.

    Secondly, does anyone *really seriously* believe that the EU really gives the merest whiff of a damn about the welfare, lives and livelihoods of *real* actual ethnic genetic Europeans?
    I mean for the past 30 years at least the EU Commissars have been busy in stagnating Europe to death wholly in support of their pompous vanity project, currency union.
    Where the EU *does* act harshly and decisively is bullying and hating on those east European nations that reject massive uncontrolled Afro/Asian immigration, threatening those nations with the most disgusting blood curdling threats.

    • Agree: BB753, ben tillman
    • Replies: @LondonBob
  6. Good overview of COVID models and policy choices at:
    https://www.nber.org/papers/w27007.pdf

  7. OK! I’ve been looking for streaming options while under house arrest. I’ll give it a shot.

  8. this Norwegian thriller focuses on its characters trying to decide what their loyalties should be

    This question will loom larger in the future. Ironically, when a country is all White, it can obsess on issues like free market vs welfare state, or traditionalism vs progressivism.

    But all of that is trivial compared to the issue of racial and national survival. Bad policies can always be reversed. But once you destroy your people genetically, it’s over forever. White people are finally starting to sense this.

    • Agree: Republic
  9. countenance says: • Website

    There’s one really easy way to tell that this is totally fiction and could never happen in real life:

    The real world green parties hate nuclear power.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Silber
  10. TWS says:

    I watched a few episodes. The men were so feckless they deserved to be occupied. Norway is doomed

    • Replies: @Dutch Boy
    , @Anonymous
  11. I see from a clip that Occupied is subtitled, not dubbed. That’s good.

    Netflix ruins most foreign series, at least for me, by dubbing them into English. Dubbing is usually awful. And that would be bad enough, but then they also include English subtitles. This is incredibly distracting because I have to spend the whole time obsessing about the big differences between the dubbed and subtitled translations.

    The dubbed translation is presumably a looser paraphrasing which is chosen to better match the movement of the character’s mouth in the original language. Whereas the subtitled translation is more literal and nuanced.

    But what did the character really say? What original lines could be interpreted both ways? Did they have a meeting to decide which English words struck the right balance? Who decides anyway? Are the voice-over actors bilingual? Do they get to try different phrasings and readings to best match the original performance? Are there separate writers and directors for this whole process?

    In the meantime, I have lost the plot, have no sense of the characters, and don’t care anymore.

    • Agree: sayless
  12. kihowi says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    In the netflix that I have you can just set the speech to original and turn off the subtitles.

  13. It’s based upon a 2012 story idea by best-selling detective novelist Jo Nesbø, who takes a Hobbesian view of human nature. “I think the feeling we [Norwegians] are secure and things can’t really change is an illusion,” he cautions.

    Solitary, rich, nasty, brutish, and tall?

    This is so Norwegian.

    • LOL: fish
  14. BB753 says:

    Nice to see that finally somebody has realized that in a distopían Mad Max future, women won’t be leaders or warriors. Reality check: ass-kicking babes do not exist in the real world, much less in a SHTF scenario world.
    In such a world, women only fight each other to become the concubine of the leader of the pack and carry his children.

  15. Klimt says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    I must say I am baffled by this comment. I have watched many foreign series on Netflix and have never found any that did not offer the option to watch with the original audio soundtrack. If you cannot switch to the original language then there is something wrong with your device or your firmware. Netflix is actually the best streaming service in offering multiple subtitle and audio languages.
    I agree with your comments on the poor quality of Netflix dubbing but this has always been the norm in America. My guess is little time , effort or money is spent on it. The quality of the acting is usually dreadful.

  16. @countenance

    The real world green parties hate nuclear power.

    If so-called renewable sources of energy were ever able to power a modern economy, green parties would opposite them, too.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @CJ
  17. If the Norwegians are having second thoughts about the wisdom of feminism maybe they should consider that this time it isn’t Russia that has adopted promotion of female emancipation as one of their foreign policy goals.

  18. Charles Erwin Wilson [AKA "Charles Erwin Wilson Three"] says:

    Occupied serves as a vast metaphor for what happens to a feminized culture that finds itself cast back into the old masculine world of force.

    Do not be troubled – Corvinus and dfordoom will lead us back to a feminized world where we all hold hands and sing “We are the World.”

    • LOL: Tusk
    • Replies: @alt right moderate
  19. Chriscom says:

    Occupied is one of my favorite recent series. You’ll need Dramamine to steady yourself through the complex, shifting loyalties, and (for example) the relationship between Norwegian bodyguard Martin Djupvik and the Russian ambassador is absolutely riveting. I haven’t seen any episodes for quite some time but can still very clearly hear Sidorova’s voice calling out his name–by turns thankful, demanding, chilling.

    It’s top-shelf, although yes it runs out of steam by the third year. Terrific writing, excellent plot for a long time, shot beautifully, amazing actors. Oh and I rarely watch subtitled movies but I’m always surprised how quickly I adapt to it and I wouldn’t have it any other way. In Occupied maybe this is eased by there being a fair amount of English spoken from time to time.

    My Norwegian friend binged on it, once discovered, over a weekend, loved it. I guess the way a shipwright might like Titanic.

  20. @Hypnotoad666

    Netflix ruins most foreign series, at least for me, by dubbing them into English.

    Turn it off.

    You have a choice whatever languages they’ve dubbed into, which always–as far as i know–at least includes the language it was shot in. And then pick your subtitles.

    I generally have the sound in the original language and read the subtitles. Including for all those British shows where they don’t speak English properly.

    It’s not perfect, but better than anything we’ve had before. The problem with Netflix is the appalling PC nonsense they churn out.

    • Replies: @BB753
    , @Lot
  21. dearieme says:

    I grew up between a town where much of the Free Norwegian Army had been based in The War, and a town where French-Canadian soldiers had been based.

    By God the Norwegians were the more popular. I was told that if a brawl broke out at a dance the Norwegians and Britons would exchange blows but those North Americans would draw knives. Accordingly they were were deeply despised.

    • Thanks: Pheasant
    • Replies: @Art Deco
  22. If Occupied leaves you wanting more …

    https://theculturetrip.com/europe/norway/articles/11-films-and-shows-about-norway-to-watch-on-netflix/

    I guess Song of Norway didn’t make the list. I’d personally recommend the hilariously overwrought Edge of Darkness (1943), with plucky villagers battling Nazi occupiers. The ridiculous cast of “Norwegians” includes Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, John Huston and Ruth Gordon. Classic cinema Nazi Helmut Dantine explains to his troops that “Ve haf guns — und zey are afraid to die!”

    • Replies: @Dmon
  23. Jake says:

    “In reality, of course, Russia, which ranks with the U.S. and Saudi Arabia as the top producers of both oil and natural gas, would find Norway’s self-inflicted shutdown economically and strategically beneficial, giving Moscow more influence over Western Europe. So it wouldn’t make much sense for Russia to cooperate with the cry for help from Germany, France, and Sweden unless Moscow was intending all along to steal Norway’s oil, in which case the E.U. wouldn’t ask them either.

    Still, it’s not a bad premise.”

    The last sentence contradicts the previous paragraph.

    I’ve long been aware that to get something ‘produced’ today in any part of the globe controlled by what The Saker labels perfectly the Anglo-Zionist Empire you must make it PC-acceptable in at least one way. Making Russia and Russians the brutal boogey man of evil is a long time part of life for Ashkenazi Jews, and the WASP Elites began to clamber aboard that wagon by the close of the reign of Elizabeth 1.

  24. Alfa158 says:

    Don’t have Netflix and wouldn’t bother watching it if I did. I like science fiction and fantasy where suspension of disbelief and postulating not-real things is the core. I get annoyed by stories purportedly set in the real world, but based upon ludicrous premises such as Greens supporting fission energy, or the E.U. asking the devil-himself-incarnate Russians to occupy a European country.
    However I still got a laugh from reading Steve’s review. It appears at least one of the screenwriters is our beloved and much missed Tiny Duck since one of the prominent themes of the series is that “White Women Crave Men of Color and your Grandchildren Will be Brown ”.

  25. Jake says:

    So which is, if you will, the lesser of two evils: 1) being ‘free’ Germanic men proud of your high Nordic IQs and your Nordic work ethic and the free-thinking, post-Christian Nordic culture you find so peaceful, one in which you are free to watch your post-Christian feminist women whore (in every sense) with the Third World while malaise envelops more and more of your national life so that more and more of you desire the end game of gotterdammerung; or 2) being taken over by post-Marxist Russians who managed to survive Bolshevik Hell with their balls and their common sense intact, which means they take steps back toward the idea of Christendom.

    • LOL: Roderick Spode
  26. @Alfa158

    Don’t have Netflix and wouldn’t bother watching it if I did. I like science fiction and fantasy where suspension of disbelief and postulating not-real things is the core.

    Science fiction–lots of stupid stuff, but if trying to envision the future–ok.

    Fantasy is just stupid. Who cares about stuff that is absolute nonsense? Actual reality is interesting and provides a wealth of stuff to write about. And well done can actually elucidate realities of the world, of human nature.

    However I still got a laugh from reading Steve’s review. It appears at least one of the screenwriters is our beloved and much missed Tiny Duck since one of the prominent themes of the series is that “White Women Crave Men of Color and your Grandchildren Will be Brown ”.

    Gag. This is Netflix 101–PC dreck. If true–then i’ll pass. A quick look on IMDB at the cast, i didn’t see the usual ridiculously inserted black man. (Someone should have a handy acronym for the must-have-black-man thing.)

  27. The first two seasons were pretty good. The head of the EU was a slimy putz, so it was believable. And the Euros invited the Ruskies in to take over Norway to get the oil flowing again so they would not have to deal with the cost of converting everying, including cars, to Thorium power.

    I usually get tired of movies with subtitles, but this one is spaced out a lot. When Russians talk to Euros or the local Norskies it is in English, and all TV announcements are via the BBC.

    Regardless, we got tired of paying for Netflix when they kept cancelling the shows we liked in favor of their own productions, which tended to not be our taste. Liking Acorn more, and it is cheaper.

  28. International Jew [AKA "Hebrew National"] says:
    @Alfa158

    They picked a politically correct invader, that’s for sure. I don’t see any major studio making a movie from “Camp of the Saints”.

  29. International Jew [AKA "Hebrew National"] says:

    Do the Russkies march in through that place way up north where they share a short border with Norway or do the do it D-Day style?

  30. B36 says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    I keep hoping that they’ll come up with a way to use CGI to make dubbing look more realistic and maybe some autotuning of the voice actor to make it sound more like the original. Perhaps some day there will be an AI backed engine that you could just run a foreign film through and come out with perfect English dubbing that was faithful to the original script. Hollywood would have some massive competition then.

  31. Following Fukushima, Germany has permanently shut down eight of its 17 reactors and pledged to close the rest by the end of 2022.[2] Italy voted overwhelmingly to keep their country non-nuclear.[3] Switzerland and Spain have banned the construction of new reactors.[4] Japan’s prime minister has called for a dramatic reduction in Japan’s reliance on nuclear power.[5] Taiwan’s president did the same. Shinzō Abe, the prime minister of Japan since December 2012, announced a plan to re-start some of the 54 Japanese nuclear power plants (NPPs) and to continue some NPP sites under construction.[6]

    As of 2016, countries including Australia, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, and Portugal have no nuclear power stations and remain opposed to nuclear power.[7][8] Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland are phasing-out nuclear power.[8][9][10][11] Globally, more nuclear power reactors have closed than opened in recent years but overall capacity has increased.[10]

    As of 2020, Italy is the only country that has permanently closed all of its functioning nuclear plants. Lithuania and Kazakhstan have shut down their only nuclear plants, but plan to build new ones to replace them, while Armenia shut down its only nuclear plant but subsequently restarted it. Austria never used its first nuclear plant that was completely built. Due to financial, political and technical reasons Cuba, Libya, North Korea and Poland never completed the construction of their first nuclear plants (although North Korea and Poland plan to). Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ghana, Ireland, Kuwait, Oman, Peru, Venezuela have planned, but not constructed their first nuclear plants. Between 2005 and 2015 the global production of nuclear power declined by 0.7%.[12]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_phase-out

    I guess all those smart Europeans are gonna love shipping money off to foreigners to pay for energy.

    • Replies: @snorlax
    , @obwandiyag
  32. Thoughts says:

    I don’t have Netflix

    But I do have illegal downloads!

    And whoop…there it is! Thanks Steve!

    • Replies: @Romanian
  33. @AnotherDad

    (Someone should have a handy acronym for the must-have-black-man thing.)

    I call them the “Erroneous Ethnics” or EEs.

  34. Old Prude says:
    @AnotherDad

    The must-have-black acronym you are looking for is NBC. As in nightly news, good morning America, and every commercial in between ..

  35. Mr. Anon says:

    ……………..and a clear-eyed critique of their increasing foolishness. Although played out with stoic gravity, the show also offers an amusing satire on Nordic gender relations as its henpecked heroes can seldom persuade their feminist wives to heed their husbands’ warnings that life is about to become far more serious.

    Fortunately, it’s just a TV show. Let’s all hope we don’t find ouselves in a situation where we are stipped of our liberties and our civil society is crushed under the pretext of an international crisis created by unscrupulous globalist totalitarians. I mean, that would never happen, would it?

  36. Lurker says:

    Someone should have a handy acronym for the must-have-black-man thing

    UK media now seems to mandate a black voice in most TV and radio commercials . . . everything. I call it OBVO – Obligatory Black Voice Over.

  37. Mr. Anon says:
    @AnotherDad

    Netflix is a purveyor of degenerate garbage. Their chief impresario is a homosexual who creates deviant and evil TV dramas. His latest offering is a show about manwhores working out of a Hollywood gas-station.

    Neflix is shit.

    • Agree: BB753
    • Replies: @utu
    , @Kronos
  38. BB753 says:
    @AnotherDad

    “I generally have the sound in the original language and read the subtitles.”

    Nice habit! I must be crazy but I do the reverse : I watch the films dubbed but turn on the sub-titles for languages that I can read but can’t readily understand (most Romance languages and most Germanic languages). The other day I was watching the Danish series “The Rain”, which is another one of those doomsday pandemic shows in vogue. Minimum pc-ness, men are manly and violent and girls are girly but bossy. No diverse-complexioned wise high-IQ omnipotent invincible studs for the moment, just Danish actors. I’m crossing my fingers.

    “Including for all those British shows where they don’t speak English properly.”

    Are you serious? You mean thick Northern English accents or Glaswegian, right? You must have hated Game of Thrones!

    • Replies: @AKAHorace
    , @LondonBob
  39. BenKenobi says:
    @anonymous

    The GamerGate situation from several years ago was a good look into the ongoing attempted pozzing of both sides of the gaming industry (developers and players).

    It’s another niche hobby mostly by and for White men thus it must be infiltrated, subverted, and destroyed.

    Diversity and gheyness is shoehorned in wherever possible by woke developers. Even into old works, best illustrated by the (already controversial for basically being a package of stolen mods) Enhanced Edition update for the classic Baldur’s Gate series from the late 90s. Where every new character is a gay romance option for the player.

    Even in the ultra-nerdy Magic the Gathering card game, about 80% of all humans in artwork are now depicted as diverse or female.

    Of course, like The example in your comment, there is pushback everywhere. If there is hope, it lies with the 10-year-olds dropping N-bombs on teamspeak.

  40. oh, another post about stupid, fake movies and television shows. so how about this update: Tom Hanks is a now a big, loud supporter of Michelle Obama’s new initiative to have all US voting done by mail, so Republicans can barely win any office ever again.

    Breitbart news story

    note every other single person involved is an obvious enemy of America and a member of the KKKrazy glue Koalition.

    so which is it Steve? is Tom Hanks some great American? or is he a standard issue, anti-American, professional pretender like most other actors? Steve actually thought that Tom Hanks pretending to kill Nazis in a fake movie made him a great patriot.

  41. Thanks for the heads-up about this show I’d never heard of.

    Throughout Occupied, Norwegian women are depicted as mildly contemptuous of their menfolk and unable to resist darker men from afar. For example, a pretty young blonde recruits a pudgy computer genius to help her get her black Muslim immigrant boyfriend out of prison for an attack on a Russian facility. Smitten, he performs prodigies of hacking in her service, but with no response from lovely Frida, whose heart permanently belongs to Faisal from Somalia.

    Maybe Whiskey hasn’t been entirely wrong all this time.

  42. anonn says:
    @anonymous

    The best person on the show is literally a feminist Somali refugee human rights lawyer. It’s absurd to characterize it as an attack on “SJWs”

    It is an intensely political show – the main foreign policy storyline is conservative, but the internal politics are a leftist critique of liberalism.

    The liberals are good – because of their support for human rights and environmentalism – but dumb and ineffectual, because they’re sheltered, wealthy elitist snobs. The conservatives are evil – because of their racism – but only slightly less dumb.

    The Russians are evil and cunning – because they’re Russian, obviously.

    The liberal EU is riddled with corruption and run by liars, which is the only thing that leftists and conservatives will agree about.

    It’s best not to think about it too carefully. The main plot starts with a Russian invasion of Norway because Norway cut off gas and oil production. Why would Russia care? If both Norway and the Middle East stopped pumping oil the price of oil would skyrocket and enrich the only major exporter left – Russia.

    • Replies: @Black-hole creator
  43. Forbes says:

    While an American movie would concentrate on explosions and an American television show on soap opera, this Norwegian thriller focuses on its characters trying to decide what their loyalties should be in this fluid situation.

    One sentence explaining why I don’t watch American TV shows, and have visited a movie theatre just twice this century.

  44. Mr. Grey says:

    Sounds like an interesting show. Someone must have slipped it into the Netflix schedule without the bosses noticing. Usually Netflix has a 3-C rule about white men in a featured role, they have to be either crippled (emotionally or physically), a criminal or a coward.

  45. Lot says:
    @AnotherDad

    I have to do subtitles, dubbing makes me queasy, like the sound track isn’t matched with the video.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  46. snorlax says:
    @Joe Stalin

    As of November of last year, the US is once again an exporter of oil, so perhaps now the greenies will learn to love nuclear power.

    • Replies: @Kim
  47. One of the unfortunate byproducts of making the (white) Russians the stand by bad guys is that it has taken our eyes off of the much bigger threats, the Chinese CCP and Muslim invaders. This has been intended. With WW2 receding into the past, it is becoming harder and less plausible to cast Nazis as the bad guys and you cannot make every movie and television show using a white American male as the antagonist so they keep going to the Ruskies as a proxy. This is helped by the absolute hatred Hollywood (((Jews))) have for Russians compared to the relative indifference or aversion they have towards Asians.

    The Russians in turn have closed off their culture from the west, much like they did with the Mongols, and have settled in knowing they cannot compete from a propaganda standpoint preferring to watch America and the west tear themselves apart over things they keep getting blamed for that never happened. The thing white Americans need to understand is that the Russians are a stand in for them when the drama is overseas.

  48. Art Deco says:
    @dearieme

    Accordingly they were were deeply despised.

    mene mene tekel upharsin

  49. Norway has had a woman prime minister for six years, and I just learned of this today. That shows how important that position is in the scheme of things, even to us with an elevated interest in things Scandinavian.

    She’s lauded for aiming her rhetoric nor for but at children:

    What Do Countries With The Best Coronavirus Responses Have In Common? Women Leaders

    Not all women are on board with this hagiography:

    No, female leaders are not better at fighting Covid-19

    Mercatornet’s Kiwi-in-Oz Carolyn Moynihan takes on another one of these wonder women:

    Is Kiwi prime minister Jacinda Ardern the most effective leader in the world?
    Stopping the coronavirus is good, but is it enough?

    She’s praised for doing what Donald Trump is damned for doing– after six weeks of delay.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  50. I’ve noticed that many prestige, high-end series tend to peter out by the third season—or earlier. Many really should be shorter.

    For example, the American version of House of Cards got silly at the end of the first season with Kevin Spacey literally committing murder on the D.C. subway, and then afterwards devolved into is-everyone-blind-this-guy-is-the-only-sociopath-in-D.C.-really? kind of obvious manipulation that it was a fa ggy soap opera by the time the second season ended. I tried for the third season but by then the Chinese ambassador/communist party bigwig was having bisexual threesomes with white hillbillies right before a major meeting with the U.S. VP at a Civil War reenactment and I just belly laughed at the depravity of it all and turned it off.

    I think the good first parts of these high-end series are written in bulk by a caring writer as a near-novel and should be miniseries events but instead get greenlit for a full series and then we get to the point past where the writer wrote initially. Then hack writers throw a lot of sex, degenerative behavior, violence, and make-no-sense plot twists in to cover for the lack of story as they rush to get production done.

  51. J.Ross says:

    Norway also gave the world the excellent Brainwash (Hrenevask) program, which is on YouTube with subtitles.
    Increasing warnings that the unprecedented sacrifice of the economy might be worse than the virus, now including a UN report, which rubs its hands over the erasure of third world anti-poverty scamming (so of course, the answer is to open your coffers, and give generously, and don’t ask where last year’s donation went).
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-globalgoals-trfn/coronavirus-seen-threatening-global-goals-to-end-poverty-inequality-idUSKBN222295

  52. Dutch Boy says:
    @TWS

    I visited Norway recently for the first time since the 1970s (my maternal grandfather was Norwegian and I have kept up some with my now distant cousins). There was a notable increase in wealth with lots of new infrastructure and new-looking dwellings and commercial buildings. Oslo is also rich looking but one finds large numbers of African/Middle Eastern types loitering. Stores are staffed by Indians/Pakistanis. Graffiti, once unheard of, is noticeable. Even small towns have their cohort of Middle Eastern taxi drivers and hijab/niqab clad women. I came away with the distinct feeling that the lotus-eating Norwegians are riding for a fall.

  53. Dmon says:
    @Known Fact

    How could you leave out “Courage of Lassie”?

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  54. Whiskey says: • Website

    Interesting to see even left wing tv producers recognize their women are all whores, and that women themselves fantasize about dumping their boring husbands for a more exciting and dominant dark foreigner. Since tv is made for women and gays.

    Takeaway– the nuclear family is not sustainable given female sexual liberation and dominant male competition from foreign lands.

    Thus a family will be a woman with kids by different fathers the African model.

    White men will have to adapt to African modes of fathering kids and get over the nuclear family given female freedom.

    When offered a choice women choose domination over providing every time. They will always side with the foreigner

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
  55. anon[250] • Disclaimer says:

    Nice. Another Nordic Noir series.

    For all you Netflix subscribers, I recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCGDVHjPX0c

  56. syonredux says:

    North Korea might end up getting a cute dictator….

    She definitely won the family genetic lottery…

  57. Anonymous[307] • Disclaimer says:

    Having watched the whole thing, I don’t disagree with the review at all. I would point out that it’s not just feckless men — the lesbian couple has the same difficulty, maybe even more so.

    Appropriate to the title, I saw it as mostly about what life would be like in an occupied country. One little compromise, then another calculated maneuver, then another compromise, each time to keep the peace and smooth things over… and pretty soon your betters own you and you can’t trust anyone. The morality of each and every move, the financial benefits of being a traitor to your country, and various other aspects, and the effects on marriages and other relationships were skillfully and subtly depicted, which is what makes it a ‘good’ and watchable series, rather than just a bore.

  58. Just started Episode 1 and there are two non-white characters with speaking parts in the first five minutes, one is the wife of what looks to be a main character.

    Isn’t Norway less than 5% non-white? Are they suffering from the Love of Diversity syndrome there too?

  59. Anonymous[303] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    Closer to a square-head than even Messrs Tate & Lyle’s suga “Mr. Cube’ sugar mascot logo.

  60. @Joe Stalin

    Maybe they would love it. But they won’t get that chance. Because they’re not going to be sending money off to foreigners you Knucklear Knucklehead. They’ll be alive and the foreigners dead after their nuclear power stations blow up.

    You people are all the same. Evil, cowardly, and either stupid or co-opted. You know nothing, nothing about nuclear power. Either that, or you are paid to elide the facts.

    • Replies: @Faraday's Bobcat
  61. @AnotherDad

    Yeah, that’s always what I’ve thought about fantasy – science fiction, maybe, it can be interesting if it’s done right, but who cares about fantasy crap.

    And I believe Ridiculously Inserted Black Man would be a good name for an alt-right punk band.

    • Replies: @CJ
  62. @syonredux

    YO CHINA! SYONREDUX IS GIVING YOU A BLANTANT HINT! ACT ON IT KAY!

    • Replies: @syonredux
  63. utu says:
    @Mr. Anon

    They cancelled Messiah that was very very promising. My take is that the show creator Michael Petroni did not succumb to pressures to compromise the plot and implode the overtly Christian tone and message by exposing Al-Masih as a fraud or some child molester. The last episode ended with Al-Masih resurrecting a Mossad agent from the dead. The official reasons for cancellation is that Muslims were not happy which obviously is BS. In the first episode Al-Masih led thousands of Muslims from Syria to Israel.

  64. @Lot

    I know somebody from Colombia who watches Quality TV like “The Crown” (the series about the life of Queen Elizabeth II with John Lithgow as a very tall Winston Churchill) dubbed into Spanish. My wife tells her that the point of “The Crown” is that the main character, by definition, speaks the Queen’s English, but that doesn’t persuade her.

    • Replies: @Black-hole creator
  65. @Whiskey

    The familial structure needs constant society-wide reinforcement. It’s not a completely private affair, because the death of the family is the death of society; no one is going to sacrifice or work hard in a society if there’s no familiar reward at the end of the day.

    Augustus, the first Roman emperor, recognized this. After he took power, be began a campaign to re-institute the old Roman austerity laws and censorship and discourage divorce because he recognized that Roman society had degenerated to a point where it was signalling the end of the nation; heck, even Augustus’s own daughter was participating in the orgies and gangbangs and what not of the time.

    Many people claim Augustus’s plan came to naught, but I’m not so sure. Yes, the Romans didn’t return to the stoic, Cincinnatus days, but he did manage to curb some public moral excesses enough that the empire lasted another 400+ years.

  66. MEH 0910 says:

    Half in the Bag: Quarantine Catch-up (part 1 of 2)

    Stuck inside during a global apocalypse, Mike and Jay decide to discuss some stuff that everyone already talked about months ago. In part 1, they dig into everyone’s favorite nightmare meme, Tiger King, as well as The Invisible Man, ironically one of the last big movie to play in theaters before they…disappeared.

  67. @anonn

    Thanks for the review, you saved me from wasting time on this show. The only good foreign show that I have been watching recently is the French “Engrenages”. No doubt it helps that I understand French pretty well so I do not need to read the subtitles. Still, think of the “Wire” but with a bit less moralizing – a good show, even with a female protagonist.

    Norway is a backward cousin of Sweden, a Saudi Arabia of Scandinavia – peasants who lucked out with oil. Once the oil appeal is gone it will still remain a barren, cold desert populated by not too bright natives, now appropriately diversified to boot. At least Swedes have some mettle left with their refusal to blindly succumb to the corona-hysteria.

    • Replies: @Keypusher
    , @riches
  68. Lurker says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    What Do Countries With The Best Coronavirus Responses Have In Common? Women Leaders

    I hadn’t realised Forbes could beam back articles published in the future? The future where we know what the best response was.

  69. Romanian says: • Website
    @Thoughts

    Ah, I see you too are a man of culture!

  70. @Dmon

    Good one, but I think that’s actually Son of Lassie fighting the good fight in Norway. Our beloved pooch battles the Japs in Courage of Lassie. Overall I prefer Lassie at home in the US, rescuing Gramps or Timmy from a well

  71. Kronos says:
    @anonymous

    This one was my favorite.

  72. @Steve Sailer

    “I know somebody from Colombia who watches Quality TV like “The Crown” (the series about the life of Queen Elizabeth II with John Lithgow as a very tall Winston Churchill) dubbed into Spanish. ”

    In almost all countries, everybody watches all foreign movies dubbed. Subtitled movies are popular only in Sweden and Holland, where most people speak good English anyway. Maybe because they are forced to watch subtitled movies from childhood.

  73. @obwandiyag

    Maybe they would love it. But they won’t get that chance. Because they’re not going to be sending money off to foreigners you Knucklear Knucklehead. They’ll be alive and the foreigners dead after their nuclear power stations blow up.

    Nuclear power stations can’t blow up, at least not for any reason particular to nuclear. To put it in language you might understand, they use a different kind of magic beans than nuclear bombs.

    You people are all the same. Evil, cowardly, and either stupid or co-opted. You know nothing, nothing about nuclear power.

    I hear you saying this in the voice of that guy in the Ed Wood movie: “You see? You see? Your stupid minds. Stupid! Stupid!”

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  74. anon[774] • Disclaimer says:

    OT
    NYC Mayor De Blasio’s snitch line is working out great! NYPD now has a fine new collection of pics and memes, and we all have a new word to use: “Coof” / “Coofing” / “Coofed”.

    https://nypost.com/2020/04/21/de-blasios-social-distancing-tip-line-flooded-with-obscenities/

    Plus, the news many have been wondering about.

  75. syonredux says:
    @Redneck farmer

    If ya gotta have a dictator……

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
    • Replies: @Keypusher
  76. @Charles Erwin Wilson

    Why would a sudden reality shock like being hit by an Asian virus make Western whites more left-wing? Especially when there is already a nationalist populist shift going on in many western countries.

    Perhaps what you’re saying is, the nationalist populist shift that is currently going on doesn’t live up to my lofty, unrealistic expectations, so I’ll ignore any positive developments and continue to be a ultra-pessimist drama queen.

    • Replies: @Alexander Turok
  77. AKAHorace says:
    @BB753

    You haven’t really enjoyed Rain until you watch it in the original French.

    • Replies: @BB753
  78. Norwegian viewers might see it in part as an allegory for the German occupation during WWII. Then, a relatively pacific nation was conquered by a more warlike neighbor and many local women found the invaders hard to resist. According to Keith Lowe in his book Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II, it is not true that the women in Western Europe who engaged in relationships with German soldiers did so for economic reasons. They just liked them, or at least some subset of them.

    • Agree: utu
    • Replies: @utu
  79. @alt right moderate

    Charles Erwin Wilson Three might be one of these corona deniers convinced it’s all part of some elaborate Leftist plot, though how it accomplishes the Left’s goals is rarely explained. If it benefits the Left it will only be due to the incompetence of Trump’s response. I wrote about the effects of corona:

    Similarly, the closer you are to traditional American family values, the less you’ve been inconvenienced. Think about it: if you’re married or in a stable long-term relationship, there’s no inconvenience. If you want to have a string of short term relationships, well, you’re screwed. (Or not, if you catch my drift.) Or look at the problems with child care now that the schools are shuttered: some families don’t have to face them. If you’ve counted on the state to do 100% of the work to educate your children, well, how much are children learning now? From what I’ve heard the answer is: very little. Children have suddenly forgotten how to use the internet.

    https://alexanderturok.wordpress.com/2020/04/18/corona-mondofreakonomics/

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  80. @Alexander Turok

    Nah, lots of people who have been devastated economically by the shutdown are small entrepreneurs and the like.

    Moreover, many of the superspreader events have been highly traditional gatherings, like choir practices and church funerals.

    This is’t AIDS.

  81. @Black-hole creator

    I once saw some of an episode of Hogan’s Heroes in Germany, dubbed into German.

    The Sgt. Schultz character sounded exactly the same, except speaking German.

    • Replies: @Black-hole creator
  82. CJ says:
    @Jonathan Silber

    If so-called renewable sources of energy were ever able to power a modern economy, green parties would opposite them, too.

    Don’t have the Agree button functioning, but you are absolutely correct. I remember how they promoted natural gas as a clean replacement for coal and oil and gasoline … right up until natural gas became an actual available alternative. Then they were against it, only supporting wind and solar.

  83. CJ says:
    @Sam Malone

    Yeah, that’s always what I’ve thought about fantasy – science fiction, maybe, it can be interesting if it’s done right, but who cares about fantasy crap.

    Here’s a fantasy plot for you. A mutant virus strikes America and all professional sports immediately stop. Basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, football … pro, college, high school, amateur … all of it, it just stops. Sports networks have no new material, stadiums are closed. Like a Twilight Zone episode.

  84. BB753 says:
    @AKAHorace

    I thought it was an original Danish series…

  85. @Paleo Liberal

    There is a huge dubbing industry in most countries. Sometimes, they do a good job and find right voice-actors, but mostly they completely miss the mark. Oh, and >50% of the jokes are usually lost in translation.

  86. @Black-hole creator

    Looking up a guy named Walker Edmiston on IMDB I learned there are obscure but highly valued voice actors in Hollywood — impressionists who are brought in to dub dialogue for actors who are no longer available during post-production when the need suddenly comes up. Say, someone who can “do” Brando for a line or two because he’s over in Italy now on some other project.

  87. Keypusher says:
    @Black-hole creator

    “Norway is a backward cousin of Sweden, a Saudi Arabia of Scandinavia – peasants who lucked out with oil.”

    The current world champions of chess and bridge are both Norwegian, strangely enough.

  88. Keypusher says:
    @syonredux

    She’s only, you know, dictator-pretty.

  89. Replace Russians with Germans and it looks like what Norway was like when the Germans were there 1940-1945. Have they have the attack on the Russian heavy water plant yet?

  90. @Black-hole creator

    The worst aspect of the dubbing into Cantonese that’s done for foreign shows here in HK is when there’s a kid speaking. The TV production company uses what sounds like the same obviously-adult woman, who speaks in the same bizarre, cloying, sick-making voice for every child, whether male or female. It’s almost unbearable.

  91. Kronos says:
    @Mr. Anon

    True, but Hulu is the worst in degeneracy.

  92. @syonredux

    James Bond movie killer eyes and face. When the (inevitably) remake “From Russia with Love” she’ll get the Rosa Klebb central European female villain part—on the basis of diversity.

  93. @Hypnotoad666

    The most distracting dubbing I’ve seen is in some of the old, lesser-known spaghetti Westerns. They had the actors speak in their own languages, Italian, Spanish, English or whatever, and dubbed it all into English.

    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
  94. riches says:
    @Black-hole creator

    I don’t understand French worth a hoot (high school was eons ago) but still think France’s “Engrenages” is magnifique. Its heroine is so watchable because she isn’t depicted as being able to do all the cop stuff as well as a man might. In fact, she’s vulnerable as hell.

    Though it’s a shame you mentioned “The Wire” in the same paragraph. A month or two ago someone here wrote that it was a program for white guys who liked watching the show’s black chharacters because they were cool.

    • Replies: @Black-hole creator
  95. Kay says:

    You spoke of how the male voice warned the female about things getting serious– best exemplified in the show’s great theme song Black & Gold.

    How about a Bente Norum spinoff?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  96. @Kay

    What does “black and gold” in the theme song refer to?

    https://genius.com/Sivert-hyem-black-and-gold-lyrics

    • Replies: @Kay
  97. @riches

    Glad you also like “Engrenages”, it’s a shame season 7 is still not available on any American platform.

    As to “The Wire”, I really did not consider the thugs on that show as cool. It was interesting and well-scripted, one of the first shows to provide a window into a black-run city. But personally I found most characters on that show pretty unlikeable, both cops and gangbangers.

    • Agree: Redman
  98. utu says:
    @Black-hole creator

    Hollywood screens and vets those who are signed for dubbing the big Hollywood stars.

  99. utu says:
    @Alexander Turok

    Yes, Norwegian women and Germans was a thing. Germans were recruiting Norwegian women to reproductive farms. Anni-Frid Lyngstad of Abba was born from such a union. Her mother after war fled for Sweden fearing the reprisals against the collaborators. Norway was tough on collaborators and Nazi sympathizers.

  100. @Faraday's Bobcat

    You are a typical pro-nuke liar. Pro-nukers are the worst people in the world. I cannot begin to expatiate on how I hate you and your ilk. Fukushima does not exist. There are no radiation fires near Cernobyl. You are a troll, because you know perfectly well that I am right and you are shitass wrong you scum on scum, but you get paid a quarter a response (may it serve you well) to lie about it.

  101. @Black-hole creator

    When I was growing up in Belgium the French stations were a mix of French and Belgian tv and dubbed American movies while the Flemish stations like VT4 had almost no original programming and didn’t really show much Dutch programming either. It was mostly subtitled long cancelled American shows like Full House and Fresh Prince of Belaire and then a weird mix of movies. I remember one time trains planes and automobiles was followed by the accidental tourist. And this was in 2007. Subtitling was exclusively a cost decision for the Dutch channels. Subtitles are way cheaper.

  102. @PiltdownMan

    One problem I have with dubbing is that too often the dubbers use voice actors that have extremely unique-distinct voices that don’t fit naturally with the characters they are voicing over. They think, hey, lets get the coolest voice we can instead of one that seems normal. It is even worse when more than one character in the movie or a scene does it. Some countries that produce shitty movies are quite proud of their voice actors crowing how much better they are than the actors in the foreign original. It is like they are trying to improve the movie rather than being faithful to the work they are blatantly ripping off.

  103. Kim says:
    @snorlax

    As of November of last year, the US is once again an exporter of oil, so perhaps now the greenies will learn to love nuclear power.

    Previous to the rona, the USA produced 11 million barrels of oil per day and consumed 18 million.

    The USA is not a net exporter of oil.

    • Replies: @snorlax
  104. Anonymous[227] • Disclaimer says:
    @TWS

    That they deserve to be occupied is precisely the point. Once you accept that then you’ll see that the show is a comedy without a laugh track.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  105. @Anonymous

    The show is pretty funny if you get the joke. The central thread appears to be the poor secret policeman Djupvik trying to convince his know-it-all human rights lawyer wife that, whichever side you choose, this stuff is serious.

  106. LondonBob says:
    @Anonymous

    Soros is hugely influential in EU politics, imagine if there were a European billionaire who loved Europeans as much as Soros hates them. Of course Soros acts in cahoots with the US State Department.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  107. LondonBob says:
    @BB753

    Glaswegian accents? I am guessing Rab C Nesbitt never made it to the US. George Robertson used to get subtitles when he was NATO general secretary.

    Dubbing never works, subtitles don’t take away from the acting, plus they ensure you pay attention.

    • Agree: BB753
    • Replies: @Wielgus
  108. TyRade says:

    ‘Occupied’ also showcases a virulent trend in streaming/TV drama these days (post Mad Men): the outbreak of flat-chested women. Semenova, the Russian sent to run Norway; the local restaurant owner… maybe it’s a physical way of underlining the point that feminists in Norway do and can wear the trousers? Might explain the diminishing urge among Norwegian men for pillaging, and associated passions?

  109. Anonymous[326] • Disclaimer says:
    @LondonBob

    The irony is that when Soros ripped off the UK taxpayer for mega billions, back in 1992 – due to the stupidity of ‘leading economists’ railroading gullible fool UK politicians into the asinine an ill fated ERM currency cartel, it destroyed many a thinking person’s credibility in the EU and all its works.

    In sum, Soros is a snake who bites those who take him to their bosom.

  110. @Steve, are you making up this show? It sounds like the characters are based on your columns.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  111. @For what it's worth

    The more interesting cultural productions have swung in unexpected directions over the last, say, 5 years.

  112. MEH 0910 says:

  113. sayless says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    The actors’ voice and delivery is a crucial part of their interpretation of the character. Dubbing has never been convincing to me either, it’s a distraction.

  114. Kay says:

    Steve have you seen the Netflix program called The Rake, from Australia? It’s full of intelligent, outrageous humour and would be fun for you to highlight.

  115. Wielgus says:
    @LondonBob

    The same actor played a role in 1984, Parsons I believe, and spoke quite standard English.

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