Three elderly men, Holger Eriksson, Gosta Runfeldt and Eugen Blomberg, are murdered in seemingly unrelated incidents. The smell of perfume on Runfeldt's suitcase suggests a woman's ... See full summary »

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Three elderly men, Holger Eriksson, Gosta Runfeldt and Eugen Blomberg, are murdered in seemingly unrelated incidents. The smell of perfume on Runfeldt's suitcase suggests a woman's involvement. None are mourned by their families, who regarded them as bullies and womanizers, which shocks Wallander, whose own father has just died. A dedication in a book by Eriksson to a woman called Krista leads to the members of a former self-help group for abused women, attended by Vanja, Runfeldt's ex-lover. Is one of these women the killer? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Phyllis Logan and Dudley Sutton both appear in this episode. They were co-stars in the series 'Lovejoy' starring Ian McShane. See more »

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In the first scene with Wallander, he stops his car and the sound of a conventional hand brake is heard. The Volvo V70 II does, however, have an electronic parking brake, which does not make such a sound. See more »

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S2: Stronger season with more engaging cases which feeds the character as opposed to it feeling like it just wants a wallow
18 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I eventually got to watching the first season of the UK Wallander I was surprised by how uninspired I was by it. I had heard that it was deliberately downbeat, but I was not prepared for that seeming to be its whole focus. Murders and crimes occurred and were solved, but all efforts appeared to be focused on producing a sense of misery that did feel quite superficial. The second season does a lot better though.

The murders are much more engaging and it is they that lead each episode. Wallander is within this, and it works better because his actions or reactions have a root in the narrative, instead of feeling that the narrative is background to what is going to get produced anyway. I also liked that the family matters equally seem natural but not pushed too much to the fore (such as with the conclusion of the previous season for instance). Much more satisfying as a production, while still producing that darker and pained character at its core. Branagh works well with this, because the material helps him. He is well supported by the majority of the cast – although as many recognizable faces as there are, he is the focal point. Production is of a high standard still, and it does have a good look – but happily less often it comes over like it is a shoot for a moody album cover.

A stronger return. Better in the core material and the root of what it does.


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