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"Cold Case" Willkommen (2006)

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A touching story

8/10
Author: Ilona Ward (kameleontti) from Oulu, Finland
22 August 2006

I haven't watched this series before, at least not an whole episode, but after seeing the beginning of this episode I felt like "I must watch this all the way".

As briefly told by the introduction here, the episode starts with a youngish cab driver coming to an audition for the musical Cabaret. He's very nervous, never been on the stage before and almost ready to give up when his voice fails him. But he's encouraged to try again and they end up taking him in for the show. Soon after, right before the first performance, he's found behind the theater, lying in a pool of blood. Now this is what touched me. A young man finally having the chance of a lifetime, and then losing it right on the last possible moment.

The case is reopened as the murder weapon is found, four years after. After the beginning, things advance pretty traditionally, interviewing subjects and finding more and more secrets and lies. Turns out almost everyone in the theater is fierce tempered and a possible subject. This I found a bit ridiculous, leaning on the cliché of the flaming spirits of actors and directors. The characters are very much caricatures, but I suppose it can't be avoided in a series like this.

Ignoring the average middle part, I must say that the ending was very touching. After the murderer (I won't say who it was) has been caught, there's a fade out sequence showing how the latest discoveries touched the remaining cast members, this accompanied by the song Maybe This Time from the musical they were supposed to play. I don't know, maybe it's because I love musicals and was pretty tired at the time of watching, this scene made me cry a bit. If you like crying over made up things, maybe this is something worth watching.

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