The small town Ystad in Sweden is suddenly struck by could be terrorist attacks after the townhouse has an art exhibition that is religious controversy. The army, secret service , the ...
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The small town Ystad in Sweden is suddenly struck by could be terrorist attacks after the townhouse has an art exhibition that is religious controversy. The army, secret service , the politics interfere with the police work. But who is really blowing up things and murder local citizen? Written by
In Sweden this was released theatrically, with the rest of season 2 released straight to video. Only later was it shown on TV. See more »
When the Major reveals his bomb, he says that if he lets go off the trigger then the bomb will go off. However later in the car when Wallander has just exited, the Major takes on his beret, one can clearly see that he is not holding any trigger. See more »
Amid terror-like attacks, three murders occur that Wallander must solve while coping with an influx of State political agents
In short order, the Ystad power station is blown up, Ystad loses electricity for several days, several cars are blown up and three murders occur. The State authorities use the occasion to make political hay out of what appears to be terrorism. They send in the Army, national investigators, and the Defense Minister.
All the while Wallander, who doesn't shave for several days and hardly sleeps, directs his team to accumulate leads and links among the murders. Their m.o. seems personal to him, not the work of terrorists. At one point he loses his temper, in marked contrast to his usual restraint. Who wouldn't with all this interference? It's interesting that the Swedish writers are making jabs at excessive fear of terrorism and exploitation of this by politicians and police agencies since there are parallels with happenings in America. Kurt has some notable lines questioning whether any of the excessive security apparatus and intrusions do any good.
Three new faces appear in the police station. Two are fresh out of the Academy, Isabell and Pontus (whom Kurt calls Peter). The third is Katarina, played by Lena Endre, who was a notable presence in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series of films. Isabell is a pushy feminist-type. Pontus, laid back, has computer skills. Katarina is looking for a respite from city police work, but she doesn't find it in Ystad in this episode. By chance, she buys a home down the beach from Kurt. We can see where that's headed.
Kurt's skills at psychological understanding come to the fore in this story. In addition, Karin, who does the autopsies and/or medical exams of the victims, is again providing important clues. Another thing is that Kurt now has a dog named Jussi, after the famous Swedish tenor, Jussi Bjorling.
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