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'Rebecka Martinsson' Returns for Season 2 With, Well, a Different Look
July 27, 2020  | By David Hinckley  | 13 comments

Now here’s an identity crisis for a TV character: Even the actress who plays you is different.

Rebecka Martinsson, a Swedish crime series that returns Monday for Season 2 on Acorn, has a new Rebecka: Sascha Zacharias (top), who happily fits well into the title role created in the first season by Ida Engvoll.

If Zacharias looks familiar to fans of the show, she is. She played a different character, Jenny Häggroth, in the last two episodes of Season 1.

That explained, Martinsson, the character, faces most of the same challenges in the new season that she did in the old one. Those play out as she tackles four new cases, each spanning two episodes.

Her real mystery, though, lies in trying to figure herself out. Yes, Martinsson is another psychologically troubled law enforcement professional. Take a number, Rebecka.

Created in a popular series of crime novels by Asa Larsson, Martinsson was a high-powered, highly successful lawyer in Stockholm. Then something happened back in her small hometown of Kiruna, and she returned to try to sort things out.

Except that also turned out to mean sorting out her own complicated past life there: the early deaths of her parents, why she left, and people she left behind.

That’s a long process and frankly, at times, a lot more mysterious than the crimes she falls into solving.

At the start of the new season, she gets a visit from one of her old Stockholm law colleagues, who reminds her of the view from her old office, the nights of pleasure in the glamorous big city. Rebecka says yup, she remembers, and nope, she’s not going back. At least not yet.

Instead, she turns her attention to what seems like a rather provincial, albeit troubling, local case.

A reindeer rancher, Per Henrik (Per Burell), finds his herd being poached or killed by lackeys working for a greedy fellow named Putte Larsson (Martin Sundbom).

Martinsson and police dog handler, Krister (Jakob Öhrman), pay Per Henrik a visit and discover he’s not interested in cooperating with the police. Something about how in 1965 they weren’t interested in helping him, so he’s not interested in helping them now.

Krister is friends with Per Henrik. Krister is probably friends with almost everyone. That’s how a small town works, and it has both its rewards and drawbacks.

Krister is not good friends at the moment with Rebecka. They had an intense relationship in Season 1, and now, for reasons not fully explained upfront, they do not. She wants to put it behind them. He seems to think it’s not quite that easy. In any case, they end up working together, with all the ambivalence that produces.

The poaching case gets more serious when Per Henrik’s son, Jon (David Arnesen), wants to retaliate, and the situation escalates – complicated further by the fact that Per Henrik descends from the Sami people, an indigenous group that has not always been treated fairly by fellow Swedes.

All that plays into Martinsson’s quest to sort out her own roots while ideally serving a little small-town justice along the way.

NOTE: Rebecka Martinsson is in Swedish with English subtitles. Enjoying the second season does not hinge on having seen the first. 

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Like everyone I too was disappointed that Ida was not starring in this second series. However, I must say that I have warmed to Sascha, she captures the moodiness/darkness of the role albeit she is somewhat softer in her approach compared to Ida. I think Krister’s character has developed given the situation with Rebecca, like anyone circumstances bring out different characteristics. In a series such as this one, which shows life in the far north of Sweden portraying the harshness of everyday life battling with the elements, it would have been wrong to not develop the characters and see different sides of them - all of us go through changes and I think this series portrays that well. The story lines are very good and I like that there is a different story each week but with the main thread running through the series. The soundtrack from the series is available on Spotify - brilliant
Feb 21, 2021   |  Reply
I thought von Post was fired at the end of season 1, but now he’s back? More 8 portent, what happened to Markus, and where is Rebecka’s little black dog, and who is that dog that looks like Vera but can’t be?
Feb 10, 2021   |  Reply
kathleen keleher
thank you. I have been wondering the same things.
Apr 1, 2021
Lenny Deans
Why did the main actor change?
After watching the first two episodes of series 2 the programme does not have the same dynamics with this new actress playing the role of Rebekah.
Jan 16, 2021   |  Reply
dawn lerry
What happened to Kristens leg?
I swear in season one he was a amputee?
But now has both legs?
Jan 11, 2021   |  Reply
Daisy Mules
Yes, he still is the same amputee...it was his right arm that was amputated...not his leg!
Jan 15, 2021
Really disappointing replacement of Ida Ingvoll as the lead. Realized the strength of the series was because of the lead character. The replacement, Sascha Z might be very good in other roles better paired but she simply does not fill this one out in a convincing enough way. I stopped watching.
Jan 5, 2021   |  Reply
Lynda Bodiou
I’m disappointed that Ida didn’t vontinue in season 2. Her chemistry with the other characters was great to see.
Dec 14, 2020   |  Reply
Jo Ann Wright
I, too, was disappointed not to see Ida Involl in season 2. I wonder what happened and why she left? My ancestry dan is 17% Swedish and I find the landscape so familiar and stirring, maybe some inherited memory? Anyhow, I enjoy this series and am fascinated to see the Sami people featured in it. Also, I HATE sport hunters! Aside from the mistreatment of the Sami people in general, the wanton destruction of the animals they need to survive is deeply disturbing. Great Show - love the Nordic Noir!
Dec 29, 2020
kristi Youngdahl
Why did Ida leave?
Oct 29, 2020   |  Reply
I too would like to know why Ida left after Season 1. I watched the show because of her. Not sure that I'm going to mess with Season 2. Almost like the show was cancelled.
Nov 1, 2020
Ida Engvoll is amazing as Rebecka.
Unforgettable ..,
Oct 4, 2020   |  Reply
Ida Engvoll was born to play Rebecka Martinsson. Sascha Z. does a commendable job in season 2. I think that if she had been in the series from the start, nobody would be letdown. Nevertheless, the stark contrast is there for us to see. Please try to bring back Ida Engvoll for future seasons.
Sep 1, 2020   |  Reply
I loved Ida and was shocked to see a different actress in Season 2. (Just starting the first episode now.)
Sep 8, 2020
What happened to Ida? She had a charisma that the current lead doesn’t. Disappointing.
Sep 8, 2020
This was such a letdown, changing out Ida Engvoll's character with a different actress!! What were the producers thinking? You don't do that, ever.... Won't watch anymore
Aug 30, 2020   |  Reply
No, I just can’t watch it without Ida Engvoll. She made the show. Very disappointed as I was looking forward to 2 more seasons. If you had to get a new Rebecka, why not find someone who is not so plain?
Aug 29, 2020   |  Reply
Phyllis Murray
Anna Maria Mella isn’t a law partner from Stockholm. She’s a police inspector in Kiruna.
Aug 27, 2020   |  Reply
Marne Carmean
"Enjoying the second season does not hinge on having seen the first."; which is a good thing because if you did you would experience a true letdown. The characterizations in the first were brilliant, enervating, intriguing, and honest. What the hell happened? Oh, right they changed the lead actor! Even Kristen who is the same actor has a very different characterization! From a really good fellow genuine in his kind interest if not unselfish love has changed to being churlish and judgmental! Oh well. Tried to watch the new lead but she is ordinary. Cannot continue which was a wonderful series. So disappointing.
Aug 25, 2020   |  Reply
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