De Dag Review 2018 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Review: A really unique way of how the episodes “flow”.Has a taste of La Casa de Papel, but in many way much more enjoyable as everything said much more realistic and surprising.
De Dag (The Day) is bang on trend with its central premise. Like Danish dramas Greyzone and Beneath the Surface and international coproduction Ransom, the Flemish series centres on a hostage situation and the law enforcement officials working to end it.
But where it stands apart is in its unique 12-episode structure. Set across a single day, each episode bounces back and forth between the different perspectives of those involved in the bank siege. The odd-numbered episodes present the police point of view as they attempt to end the crisis, while the even numbers focus on those barricaded inside the bank – the hostages and the perpetrators.
More precisely, each pair of episodes (one and two, three and four and so on) reflect events during the same time period. It means an odd-numbered episode cannot be trusted on its own, because the next instalment turns what you think may have happened on its head, ensuring a thrilling, compulsive ride to the end.
Jonas Geirnaert, who wrote The Day with Julie Mahieu, says the idea to tell the story from different perspectives emerged during their very first brainstorming session almost 10 years ago. “We first thought about the hostage situation, and what’s good about it is it has a very clear division between inside the bank and outside,” he says. “The first time you see outside, you don’t know what’s going on inside, and then you see the same events through the eyes of who’s inside. And the thing about a hostage situation is it creates immediate tension. You want to know how it ends. People are in constant danger. It’s a really good way to make your audience sit through your show.”