Wallander: Season 1, Episode 6

Mastermind (26 Dec. 2006)

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Kurt and his men tries to find the connection between a horrible murder taken place in Ystad and the kidnapping of one in the police force daughter. It also seems someone has infiltrated the police and control every move the police make.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Johanna Sällström ...
Douglas Johansson ...
Angela Kovacs ...
Ann-Britt Höglund (as Angela Kovács)
Mats Bergman ...
Fredrik Gunnarsson ...
Svartman (as Fredrik Gunnarson)
Marianne Mörck ...
Stina Ekblad ...
Lothar Kraftzcyk
Sally Carlsson ...
Therese (as Sally Frejrud Carlsson)
Lisa Lindgren ...
Suzanna Dilber ...
Frederic Täckström ...
Olli Markenros ...


Kurt and his men tries to find the connection between a horrible murder taken place in Ystad and the kidnapping of one in the police force daughter. It also seems someone has infiltrated the police and control every move the police make.

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Clever criminal places Wallander and the police on the defensive
24 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm learning the characters gradually. Martinsson is the name of the detective with the beard, very well-acted by Douglas Johansson. Nyberg, well-portrayed by Mats Bergman, is the lab man. The policeman Svartman (Fredrik Gunnarsson) and the secretary Ebba (Marianne Morck) also make an impression and add to the movies. She had some amusing give and take in this episode. Svartman can be counted on to be stalwart. Stefan (Ola Rapace) is rather a likable chap who adds both a comic dimension and a very capable dimension. He's constantly observing those around him and his eyes and face convey the humor that he sees in the human comedy. But when it comes to action in dangerous situations, he is very capable and clever. Linda Wallander (Johanna Sallstrom) lightens up in this one, but she also shows herself very courageous, perhaps trying to show that a woman can get the job done.

The acting of Krister Henriksson (Kurt Wallander) struck me as being better in this episode, and that's because he was given more scope for expressing emotion, which he did. Some of his self-control vanished in the face of frustration and penetration of police headquarters and hopes by the "mastermind" that was seeking revenge.

I recognized the actor playing the mastermind from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, which he did 4 years later. It was Michael Nyqvist. He's reliably interesting on screen. This is not to mention the many other character actors, playing ordinary folks and looking far from glamorous, that pepper the movies. They certainly add a great deal too.

This episode is a thriller, and for that reason it no doubt has more plot holes and/or a higher quotient of police error and lapses in logic. Nyqvist is determined to avenge his daughter's death by invading the personal lives of both Martinsson and Wallander, and he does this in a bold and cunning way that embarrasses them as police. The story is cat and mice with Nyqvist being the cat until Wallander comes up with a clever way to place him off balance.

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