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Copenhagen Cowboy season 1 episode 5 recap – how does Nicklas revive Rakel?

January 6, 2023

Copenhagen Cowboy season 1 episode 5 recap – how does Nicklas revive Rakel? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.

This recap of the Nicolas Winding Refn Netflix Copenhagen Cowboy Season 1 Episode 5 series, “Copenhagen,” contains spoilers.

Throughout these recaps, I’ve speculated about Miu. I’ve often described her as some kind of high spirits in human form, pure will in a tracksuit. But that simple description doesn’t quite fit a woman who will watch the light fade in a gangster’s eyes, even if he deserves it. There’s sadism in that, and sadism isn’t a quality that most TV leads possess.

Copenhagen Cowboy Season 1 Episode 5 Recap

And yet here we are, in the complex moral conundrums of a Danish dreamscape, where brutal gang warfare is one of the simplest and least macabre things to ever happen, and where witchcraft could be at fault. Miroslav, responsible for Miu’s actions when she flies off with eight kilos of cocaine, suspects that might be the case. How else to explain it? He obviously cannot say that he is in a Nicolas Winding Refn story, although that would probably suffice as an explanation.

But he could be onto something. Once again, through it, we get snippets of Miu’s backstory, from a frozen baby, mortally nursing the woman who claimed to be her mother, to the short-haired revenge figure she’s become. , a harbinger of death or new beginnings to all who encounter her. It has the hazy, uncertain quality of old fables, handed down over and over again, taking on new embellishments with each tale. But it’s hard to argue with the idea.

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Miu is instructed by Mr. Chiang to kill a man. She does it easily. It’s, again, not so much the actions of a story’s hero, but we’ve already established that Miu deliberately exists outside of those distinctions. It’s easy to believe that everyone she hurt deserved it in some way, but I don’t think our job is to rationalize what we’re seeing here. I think instead we’re supposed to think about its implications, grapple with the ideas of good and evil and how they can exist in a world where light is refracted through the prism of artifice.

Nothing and no one in this show seems real. And that’s by design. The over-the-top performances and flat, stripped-back writing are designed to evoke automatons playing a surreal neo-myth, deliberately distorted like the details of Miu’s birth. The outlier remains Nicklas, playing through his own gruesome, pseudo-sexual rebirth, reclaiming his red manhood and plunging it through his mother’s seductive face, claiming her blood. Oedipus would be proud, or at least a little wide-eyed.

You can stream Copenhagen Cowboy Season 1 Episode 5, “Copenhagen” exclusively on Netflix.

Further reading:

  • Copenhagen Cowboy Season 1 episode 4 recap.
  • Copenhagen Cowboy Season 1 ending explained

Copenhagen Cowboy season 1 episode 5 recap – how does Nicklas revive Rakel? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.