One of my favourite things is to discover a new series without having heard anyone else talking about it first. It feels like my own private show and I feel like I deserve some of the credit for the show just by discovering something that feels like a secret.
Netflix is great for this. One of my favourites is a series called Ascension – which I haven’t reviewed this month but also recommend (but be warned: you may be sad to find that there just weren’t enough episodes made). Another great find is a Swedish production called 30° In Februari (30 Degrees in February).
This month I binged my way through both seasons of 30 Degrees in February available on Netflix. I’m not really sure what drew me to this series amongst the choices available but once I started I found I just couldn’t stop.
I find it refreshing to watch things that aren’t made in the United States (not to say that I haven’t or don’t enjoy plenty of US content). Maybe it’s just my arrogance in feeling like I’m more cultured or sophisticated for having watched it despite there being no evidence that’s the case. Whatever the truth, I will continue to watch subtitled shows and delude myself into thinking that I’m a better person for it.
But back to the show: In essence it follows the adventures of several people/groups of people who travel from their home in Sweden to Thailand for a variety of reasons.
The series opens with us meeting the characters one by one. First we meet Majlis and her husband Bengt whose marriage appears to be strained and the latter of whom is suffering from illness. They travel Thailand (reluctantly for Bengt) in the hope that the warmer climate will alleviate his illness. Once there Majlis finds that she doesn’t want to come home.
Next we are introduced to single mother and workaholic Kajsa who travels to Thailand to start a new life with her two daughters after a sudden illness.
My favourite character is a middle aged man named Glenn who seems to have a good heart but is perennially unlucky in love. He travels to Thailand to meet up with a Thai woman that he has met online.
Over the next twenty episodes we learn more about the deeper motivations of the characters and share their journeys as they continue to find their way in life. Each of the characters is flawed and human which is part of what makes them so appealing and at times relatable. Over the course of the two seasons we see them face issues such as love, loss, estrangement, poverty, murder, child trafficking and sexual assault.
I have given this series a solid 4.5 Stars. The beautiful setting alone will likely make you want to book at trip to Phuket today. Maybe you should, but just be sure to obey all local laws or you may find yourself the subject of Season 3.
- Luna xx