Welcome back to the second season of Lars Von Trier’s Riget! Remember, be prepared to take the good with the evil. The second season begins after the birth of Little Brother (Lile Bror in Danish), a freakishly large baby. Despite his monstrous appearance, Little Brother is a rather gentle soul. Nevertheless, his birth heralds the coming of something far worse for The Kingdom. Be prepared for the comedic high-jinks of the staff and some extremely creepy going-ons as Mrs. Drusse tries to find and stop the cause of the sickness in the Kingdom.
The second season was definitely fun. The comedic aspects are just as good, if not better, than the first season. There is some brilliant sarcasm, and Helmer is as awful as ever. If anything the absurdity of the characters was more apparent, and that made the series enjoyable. Additionally, there are some brilliant side plots, like Mosegard the hospital director going off to figure himself out, even as the Kingdom is being evaluated for malpractice. However, as much as I enjoyed these elements, I did not feel that the second season was as cohesive as the first season. While there are some definitely interesting things going on and intriguing questions brought up, I did not like the complete helter -skelter of the overarching plot. With the first season, there was a guiding force behind solving the mystery of the little girl’s death. The second season potentially had many different forces, but none really took enough precedence to really push the season to a strong and final climax. I also thought Von Trier was just trying to be too weird and thus did not really give himself that opportunity to really resolve anything. Since there is unlikely to be a third season, that really hurt the overall quality of the second season. That being said, if you’ve seen the first season, definitely watch the second, as it’s fun. Just don’t expect it to be as good.