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Lykkeland Review 2018 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Review: The night before Christmas 1969, the gas flare at the Ocean Viking is lit. Phillips has found the largest sub sea oil basin in history. And everything is about to change.
I live in Stavanger , so I had great expectations before the first episode. It was everything I wanted it to be. Great actors and dialouges. I really look forward to watch the show further on.
After the first episode there is a lot of ” loose threads” that needs to be tied up. A great start to what I predict to be one of the best Norwegian tv-series ever.
The elevator pitch for this might go something like: “It’s the Norwegian Mad Men, but set in the North Sea oil fields.” Oil Men, anyone? Set in the coastal town of Stavanger during the oil boom of the 70s, the God-fearing folk of northern Norway are pitted against the bolo tie-wearing hordes from Texas and Oklahoma who descend on the town to try to tap its seemingly dry wells.
It’s got a lot of the prestige TV tropes: period setting, period costumes, period cars and lots of drinking, but feels a bit too close to Mad Men at times, especially the pregnancy storyline that mirrors Peggy Olson’s tale almost beat for beat. The tensions between the Americans and the Norwegians provide a nice constant source of drama, and there’s even a bit of anti-free-market subtext as the characters discuss, at some length, the pros and cons of the Scandinavian economic system compared to the US one.
‘Lykkeland’ is Norwegian TV’s new major initiative, and the series has already received more awards. With a budget of almost 100 million NOK, ‘Lykkeland’ is one of Norway’s biggest TV shows ever and DR1 sends the series the same day as the Norwegian premiere at NRK.
Four young people are thrown into a whirlwind of change and new possibilities. The year is 1969, and the Norwegian city of Stavanger is in crisis. So, the biggest underwater oil event is ever made. It will be the start of Norway’s oil adventure. The Oliefundet launches a rapid development of society, which has major consequences for the four young people – and for the rest of Stavanger.
In Lykkeland we follow Anna Hellevik, Christian Nyman (Amund Harboe), Toril Torstensen (Malene Wadel) and American Jonathan Kay (Bart Edwards) through the first Klondyke years until Statoil’s formation in 1972.
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