Wallander: Season 2, Episode 11

Arvet (5 Jun. 2010)

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When Manfred Stjarne is stabbed to death outside the Brada cider factory his wife Claire has inherited - suspicion falls on Polish worker Jan Kowalski, with whose wife Manfred was having an... See full summary »

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Sverrir Gudnason ...
Nina Zanjani ...
Fredrik Gunnarsson ...
Svartman (as Fredrik Gunnarson)
Mats Bergman ...
Douglas Johansson ...
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Andreas Manrell
Kenneth Milldoff ...
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Walfrid Torstensson
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Ylva Sandström (as Jessica Liedber)
Simon J. Berger ...
Stefan Wilkes
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When Manfred Stjarne is stabbed to death outside the Brada cider factory his wife Claire has inherited - suspicion falls on Polish worker Jan Kowalski, with whose wife Manfred was having an affair, but Jan is found hanged - later evidence suggesting foul play. Benjamin Wilkes, an ex-psychologist who helped Manfred select redundancy candidates, is killed in the same way as Manfred, putting disgruntled ex-Brada employees in the frame, but a third slaying implicates a former patient of Wilkes, who has connections to the Stjarne family. A newly loved-up Isabelle and Pontius start to fool around whilst on surveillance, taking their eye off the ball and allowing this suspect to confront Claire. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Love and one's work do not mix well
7 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The owner of a cider factory is murdered. Later a worker is found dead, supposedly by his own hand, but the evidence suggests not.

The viewer will probably figure this one out before Wallander does, because he seems to have lost his edge in this one. Maybe that's because he not only has fallen for Katerina, where he is getting nowhere, but also for the widow of the murdered man. Wallander has less of a presence in this story, and Katerina seems to be bossing him around and leading the investigation far more.

The thinking skills of all concerned deteriorate noticeably where Cupid or merely attraction is involved. Instead of even thinking of alternatives, Katerina's jealousy is spurred on merely by seeing Kurt talking to another woman.

Leavened into the story is a much stronger attraction between Isabel and Pontus that leads into poor performance on the job. How that plays out is not resolved in this episode.

Alas, this story is a 5 or 5.5. Fans of Wallander will stay with it, and there is a certain interest in a detective story soap opera. However, the problem is that the writers are not always able to juggle these elements. Sometimes the competent detective element fades away because the detectives are not performing up to par due to their personal involvements, but this is quite annoying when they cannot see the obvious. At other times, the soap elements are superficial.

Annika Hallin, who also appeared in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, appears in this one and does a very interesting characterization.


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