A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Shows the need of giving a voice to the oppressed and correcting injustices. But characters' actions often blur the lines between moral and immoral when trying to reach their goal. Themes include racism, political oppression, and corruption.
Positive Role Models
Lia and Mari appear to be working toward a positive outcome, but the way they do so is questionable. Lia is blackmailed. Mari tries to control others. Both have to cope with difficult issues from their past.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes of strong violence throughout, including scenes of violence against children and sexual assaults. A character's face is burned off by acid. A focal point of the series is the operations of a secret sex trafficking ring. A child is hit with a brick during a protest.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some episodes of the series feature nudity and strong scenes of sex. A woman's breasts can be seen in a brief sex scene.
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Frequent use of profanity, including "bitch", "ass", "s--t", and more. Racist and sexist language is used, particularly by the nationalistic Fair Rule party that serves as one of the main protagonists.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are regularly shown smoking and drinking throughout the series.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cold Courage is a Finnish crime drama focused on two women whose lives become intertwined while working as part of a secret organization that's trying to seek justice for those the law fails. The series deals with heavy topics including human sex trafficking, racism, political oppression, and corruption. Many scenes include nudity, sex, and graphic violence. A focal point of the series is the operation of a secret sex trafficking ring. A child is hit with a brick during a protest and a character's face is burned off by acid. There is some brief nudity and a man and woman are shown naked having sex. There's regular use of profanity and characters are often shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.
Is It Any Good?
Most of this Finnish series is spent laying the foundation, moving the plot along at a glacial pace. Cold Courage is consumed with drawn-out detail like a deep dive into the lives of the main characters, Lia and Mari, the odd couple who seem worlds apart in personality but find common ground in their tragic pasts. The series doesn't really start to build momentum until the eighth episode of the first season. The world of Cold Courage is grim and girtty, made up of cloudy skies, dimly lit smoke-filled rooms, and whatever dark drab corner there might be to skulk around.
The series feels predictable and stale. It takes too long to get to the point, and in the rush to make all the pieces fall into place at the end of the first season, there are very few substantial or satisfying resolutions. Viewers are likely to be left scratching their heads.
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