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The story is about all the crew at the ship Freja and the Dhalens-family that owns the company. Some of the most popular characters is Joker(Johannes Brost) the bartender, Uno (Hans Engström) the strange and funny guy and Tony (Kenneth Söderman) the directors son that is always in some problem.
There was some mass protests when SVT decided to cancel the show. But to be honest I think it was time to pull the plug (or change the head writers). I would not mind a reunion movie though!
The criminality on board, by the way, unfortunately is not exaggerated. I read in the paper only the other day, that 25-30 heavy criminals travel with the Finland ferries every time, and that they are a potential risk to the crew and passengers.
The worst with this series is the political correctness. Swedish Television is notorious for this: to try to "bring up" the Swedish people, according to the views about the right political correct opinions at the moment. This angered me very much! Some examples of this phenomenon are:
- every other sea captain and executive is a woman. In reality female captains (at least on ships of this tonnage) are almost unheard of, also in Sweden, and the female business executives on that level are also very few
- little Christine is maltreated by her uncle and his wife, after they have become her guardians. But her other, homosexual, uncle and his boyfriend OF COURSE turn out to be perfect, loving, caring parents... And this was at a time when it was still illegal for homosexuals to adopt children
- little Christine is also a mulatto child...
- when illegal immigrants are found on board, the EVIL characters are those who want to turn them over to the police, while the GOOD characters protect them so that they can flee. This is of course absurd, as Sweden has a very big problem with all its immigrants and refugees, and it cannot go on like that. We cannot take care of more people who have not even got any refugee status, but who just want to come to Sweden to live off our welfare. And if the police are looking for them, the right thing is of course to hand them over to the police
Most actors are very good, but I want to mention Gösta Prüzelius and Gaby Stenberg especially. They are outstanding; they are doing their parts so well that it is almost impossible to believe that they are only acting, and that they ARE not the hard but always fair shipowner and his elegant, stylish in a timeless way, and art-loving upper class-wife, typical of her class.
Another actress who stands out among the rest is Ewa Carlsson as Margareta. Especially in her first seasons aboard, she is extremely beautiful, charming and kind of "mystical". I cannot understand why she never made it internationally - she ought to have been one of our great exports of beautiful actresses, like Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman! I think "Margareta's" love affair with "Captain Lager" was the best of all this series. Very beautiful, commanding and passionate. But unfortunately, the script writers later on made Margareta into a more stupid and immature character, with a lot of silly love affairs and infatuations which destroyed the memory of Margareta-George a little... That was a pity.
I must also say that I appreciated the fact that older women - in their 60:s and even 70:s - were shown as beautiful, stylish, attractive and desirable to men in this production. This is something that you very seldom see in movies - we are brought up to believe that love can only be between young people, or between an older man and a younger woman. Beatrice and Katarina are very good role-models for older women I think (no I do not mean Katarina's ruthlessness business-wise!), and they give middle-aged and older women something to hope and strive for!
But the bottom-line must be that once you have got to know the characters, you do not care so much about the plots or action anymore. I felt that I would just have liked to BE there with all the dear characters, in my imagination... even if nothing spectacular would have happened anymore at all. THAT I think is the best credit a TV-series can receive! :-)