After watching Outer Range I was intrigued to come across the SBS series Beforeigners.
They are not strictly about the same thing, but you can see how the 2019 Norwegian production might have influenced Outer Range.
I say this because Outer Range is about a Wyoming rancher who stumbles upon a mysterious hole in one his paddocks that turns out to be some sort of time portal.
In Beforeigners people from earlier eras of history begin turning up in modern day Oslo, forcing their assimilation into modern culture.
They come from the Stone Age, the Viking era and the 1800s, surfacing at night in the waters of the bay accompanied by flashing lights and power surges.
Yes, like many SBS shows it is subtitled, but well worth the investment.
Put away the phone,put down the iPad and laptop, settle back and enjoy the chaos that ensues.
The newcomers are treated as immigrants, foreigners from before, or ‘beforeigners’ and must be documented, processed and ultimately let loose on the streets of the city.
The action follows Senior Detective Lars Haaland (Nicolai Cleve Broch): and Viking-era rookie Alfhildr Enginnsdóttir (Krista Kosonen) who are partnered for the investigation into the death of Stone Age woman.
The jaded Haaland, whose wife has left him for a pompous, pipe-smoking, mustachioed 19th Century man clearly has a drug problem.
While the tall, fair-haired police recruit is hilarious, with her gruff, uncoloured, almost child-like approach to police work that puts her at loggerheads with colleagues.
She seems to favour the same boots, leather pants and jacket most of the time, but is happy to make the switch from a handful of moss down the pants to tampons when her period threatens.
Turns out she fibbed on her application to join the force, because she wouldn’t have been accepted had they known she was a warrior or Shield Maiden.
The Beforeigners, some of them at least, are quick to adapt to their new environment, many falling back on old ways to make a buck including a life of crime.