Wallander:The Heritage:Note to my readers

Dear Readers i must apologise for any confusion caused by my notes on Wallander and TV Stuff i recently posted which refers to my new write up of Wallander:The Heritage episode. In that this write up has gone missing! Totally gutted i am. It was up, i published it and now it’s gone, disparu, i have no idea where. Even the draft is not complete and it should be as it was auto saved all the way through. Oh woe is me. I have looked up hill and down dale. It is nowhere to be found.

I cannot understand how a published piece can just disappear? It’s very confusing and upsetting. This has happened to me once before with a Made In Chelsea piece-just vanished overnight! Trying not to be paranoid and think that Gremlins are afoot…Anyway, i will have to start all over again and it will take a while but it will go up again in nearest to original form that i can do. Can’t be now will have to be later tonight ok. Sorry about that.

OK:it’s up now! plus saved on the hard drive which is better apparently. If you look four pieces down from this on the left hand list you will find it. It has occurred to me i need a search finder for this blog..

New!Notes on Wallander& TV Stuff:Two more Wallander reviews to do:The Collector & the final episode The Witness

Just finished, below in the left hand Blog list, the episode called The Heritage. Have already written the finale or rather my final thoughts. The finale sounds rather grand, doesn’t it? Sadly, dear readers, it really is the finale. The actor whose name i will insert doesn’t want to play any more Wallander. Boo hoo. Although he is interested in an adaption of Mankell’s final Wallander book:The Troubled Man.

However i have discovered that i haven not seen all the Wallanders:how wonderful! Not the dread dead eyed Branagh or Rolf ones (although he is not bad) no, the latest Wallander who made it his own..

Then i do have some Made In Chelsea bits i will finally put up. Very, very late i know..

After that..who knows? Perhaps some more review of The Killing remake even though i feel i have rinsed it out and it can have no dramatic tension since this series does not end with a who did it! Then there is another year’s wait! Can i be bothered? Probably. But it’s no Forbrydelsen..which i am wonderfully watching all over again.

Falling Skies is rubbish and about to end. Plus it has dreadful sexist roles in it mostly. Except the eponymous hot blond chick with gun. Oh and the ever good humoured Doctor Glass. Question:would everybody really be in such a jolly old mood in the apocalypse?!

I know, Spiral 1 is coming to BBC4 next Saturday! how about that? I have a feeling i have seen a scene in that years ago where Le Judge goes to a farmhouse and there is a phallus collection on the mantle piece, which le Juge exclaims upon! Of course someone has been horribly murdered..

transcripts of my comments on James Donaghy’s Guardian Blog on The Killing Remake Channel 4 Thursdays @9pm:Episode 9

  • 28 August 2011 2:43PM

    @JSully:

    newspeak plusplusgood ungood

    nice one!:) notice the nearness of those words to God?…

    @Boeddy: &@ProfessorJamesMoriarty:

    i agree with you guys about Montalbano:it did become clearer to me why it seemed so dated and stereotyped when i saw BBC4’s Italian Noir when the author spoke and he was very elderly. I think those caricatures were meant to be funny and he admitted that he purposely didn’t resolve his murders as that was what real life was like! (especially when the Mafia were embedded in your society still) Great. How deep and meaningful but not much fun for the viewer..

    @Boeddy:& @All:

    I think your point about lack of empathy explains my feeling of disconnection generally from the characters. Agree with you about Stan/ Mitch vs. Pernille & Theiss.

    Myself who never ever watches or reads things again have watched Forbrydelsen along with the remake. That in itself is testament to how good it is. The first time i remember being bemused at the quietness of the parent’s reactions generally although understanding they were in shock. As you often are after a death, never mind a murder, i can have no idea..

    However the second time around i was actually moved, and believe me i don’t do Hallmark moments, by the deep grief evoked by Pernille & Theiss and the proof of the strength of their relationship and care for each other, particularly Theiss towards Pernille. You see even this is sounding syrupy.

    Yet it feels real to watch. That is your point. Another thing happened second time around in that i realised the strength of Pernille in refusing to run away to the seaside when she has just found out how horribly her daughter suffered in death. She decides, figuratively, to stay and fight. To find out who did it. To be there.

    It is almost a double stand (triple with Theiss) as it seemed to me she was pulling her strength up from her staunch close relationship with her daughter. She was doing it for, and metaphorically, with Nanna. Her strength seems symbolic of her love for Nanna.(a bit Hallmark granted but proof that this was communicated to me through the acting)

    For me to gain all this as meanings must mean there is some damn fine acting going on. Add to this Pernille’s body language of grief, her ever flapping Mac and sunken shoulders, falling over in shock on the stairs, yet still carrying on. I don’t see any of that reflected in Mitch’s demeanour.

    I remember it being described here how Stan & Mitch had gone through the psychological stages of grief like one to three. Given the propensity to psychobabble generally in American Dramas i wonder if they ticked off these boxes for grief? Yes, she is angry, but would she have become so angry so quick?

    I guess the time frame has been longer in the remake yet it is hard to judge the time scale as it is so muddied somehow..like everything else. This must mean there are no constants within the Drama giving frames of reference-i’m no critic:there may be a word for this feeling.

    I don’t even really feel empathy for Ahmed beyond sympathy for his persecution (although in fairness they do think he’s a suspect) whilst wary that they annoyingly seem to be teaching us a moral lesson about Muslim stereotypes. Yet even that doesn’t really work and i can’t help feeling that he’s been a bit of a twat. Since the programme itself is chock full of said stereotypes..

    Whilst admiring his bravery in going into the school, surely it was a bit of a daft stand, since he had been told not to go in? What would he have done if the supply teacher had been in his class? Also, how does the whole world, including the students know he has been accused? did i miss that bit on the news or was it school gossip arising from where or who exactly?

    As @Kissington said the plot is full of so many holes i have given up on the procedural part of it apart from personally researching in vain the uses of Ammonium Hydroxide and querying it’s presence it Rosie’s lungs there is nothing to go on as you say since they give us simply zero in way of procedural or clues in any consistent way.

    The fact that it doesn’t end this season is literally pulling out the dramatic rug from under us and stamping on any possible tension within the drama which it was lamentably short of already. As @Devongirl4 and yourself have pointed out. Still, this means it will be easy to pick up the show again a year later and i will keep watching out of pure curiosity and some objective amusement..

transcripts of my comments on James Donaghy’s Guardian Blog on The Killing Remake Channel 4 Thursdays @9pm:Episode 9

  • 27 August 2011 8:20PM

    cheers….oops! yes good idea and much more succinctly put..yes, Holder would be good on his own, wouldn’t he?

    poor Keats eh? if only they had had antibiotics then..”assuaged” sounds somewhat Keats:)

New! Wallander:The Heritage BBC4 aired on-(to be inserted) Warning contains possible Spoilers

Wallander meets a beautiful lady who puts the moves on him! There are multiple murders too horrific to describe and the plot thickens on the love story, or not, between Wallander and the fair Katrina. Also in this episode Pontus & Isabelle slowly fall in love-Ah-but a bit boring really and as near to stereotypical trope as Wallander has ever been to my mind.

I have put a warning spoiler since although i am not going to say who did it the description of the plot right up to the end may give it away. In the story we do not see a person officially charged or named however. Best not to read it perhaps if you don’t want to guess which seems likely. For me, as my readers know, the plots are really secondary to my love of the series.

nb. Before i found out the correct name of this Wallander episode i had named it to myself:

Beautiful Woman One.

Indeed at the beginning we see this beautiful woman who has a name a bit like mine, Claire, with her husband, Manfred, in a very big house. Getting ready for dinner. We find out slowly throughout that this big house is a cider making business of many years standing. Who knew that the Swedish made or drank cider?

i recall a scene in the Danish The Killing (Forbrydelsen) where the pathologist mentions in detail to Lund his own cider press and even Bramley apples! Very British. I digress..

Scene cuts to Wallander who has a mini-record player in his kitchen and is rocking out so very happily to his classical music whilst smoking a fag and cooking dinner.

nb. A man after my own heart: loves records and has a retro portable record player so he can listen in the kitchen.

I do so enjoy these scenes where we see Wallander happy as a lark. He loves music with a passion as we know. He swallows some wine from his glass and off he goes in confident merriment to invite Katrina to dinner, next door..

Kurt asks Katrina for dinner:

“I have all this chicken!”

Katrina appears at the door and Wallander’s expectant hope comes crashing down around him as she says:

“I’m kind of busy”!

Looking sexy and somehow looking like she had someone there. I really felt for Wallander in this scene because he doesn’t realise that this is the freeze out. Hence we see him at work the next day say, so cheerfully confident, to Katrina:

“Let’s do that dinner one night ok?”

To which Katrina replies:

“Step into my office!”

(sharply)

Wallander comes inside.

Katrina:

(peremptorily)

“I am a Senior Public prosecutor and you are a Police Officer, ok?”!

Kurt:

“sure”

(quietly)

Oh. No. Poor Kurt. Crushed and surprised. Yet i thought so. However what is going on with Katrina? Why did she so suddenly pull down the shutters?

I really felt for Wallander in this scene as he had not already recognised the big freeze.

All my hopes along with Kurt’s for this budding love story are now cruelly dashed!

However wait for the final episode, The Witness, when it becomes even more unclear!

Meanwhile the beautiful lady Claire’s husband Manfred that we saw at the beginning is found horribly murdered at their estate. Pontus and Isabelle are first to the scene. Pontus acts very solicitously towards Isabelle. He asks her if she’s ok at the end of the day and hugs her.

I remember that Isabelle was shot at the end of the last episode in the mad scramble on the beach with the baddie after Wallander’s unforgettable James Bond swim to shore. However her vest saved her.

Kurt goes to question a Polish lady worker, Mrs Anna Kowalski, living in quarters on the estate that are a lot less salubrious than the house. She was having an affair with the dead husband.

Kurt:

“Can you tell me why and employer would have an affair with an employee, did he pay you, offer you a residence permit?”

Anna Kowalski replies that it was none of those things.

Kurt back at the station.

“Don’t forget Isabelle, your debriefing”

Beautiful lady from the estate, Claire, comes to the station:

“So this is where Kurt Wallander works?”

(purringly)

She announces that :

“Anna the Polish girl came to me..said her husband was jealous of her affair with my husband.”

Kurt:

“Pardon me for being blunt, but you don’t seem that bothered about your husband cheating on you?”

Beautiful lady Claire:

“I am the fourth generation of the Starte family here at the Estate, I love this place”..

This must be why the episode is called Heritage.

Kurt & Katrina discuss the case:

Katrina:

“Yes, we all know about cheating, we’re experts!”

this, along with Katrina’s reactions to previous cheating suspects in earlier episodes must mean that her husband cheated on her i feel.

Isabelle’s debriefing:

Psychologist:

“The trauma you suffered, is the same, in that you are not aware it is trauma, You were shot, the fact that the vest saved you”..

Pontus & Isabelle sit in the car and discuss the shooting. Isabelle says she tries not to think about it. Pontus says “I do”..

Pontus and Isabelle are called to a farm. Isabelle to farm man:

“Are you all alone?” (she is learning)

him:

“Yes”

Isabelle:

“Wait outside!”

Flies buzz.

Isabelle & Pontus find dead body in farm shed, hanging.

“Jan Kowalski, call Kurt”

Nyberg examining the body:

“It was Manfred’s blood” (the dead husband) found on Jan Kowalski

Then at Kurt’s house by the sea Kurt plays his music, smokes, swirls his wine around the glass and goes out to dinner after looking at himself in the mirror.

Meets Claire at the restaurant. She comes over to sit with him..

Katrina drives by and sees Claire talking to Kurt inside the restaurant.

Kurt tells Claire that Jan Kowalski is dead.

Claire:

“Do you like your job?”

Kurt:

“Yes”

Claire:

“You’re good at your job, I’ve been checking you out”!

Next day at the Police Station Katrina sways up to Kurt.

Katrina:

“Did you have a nice time last night? I saw you!”

Kurt:

“She was there with friends..”

Katrina:

“Until this investigation is over”..

Kurt:

“This investigation is over, it’s on your desk”!

(She’s jealous!)

Or is Katrina just cross that Kurt was with a potential suspect?

Next day a couple come back to their farmhouse, somebody has broken in!. The lady has a bad leg. The man, Benjamin goes upstairs, he looks at a bottle..

“Bam!” Big Noise..

“Benjamin? Benjamin?”

calls his wife, querulously..

Outside their farmhouse a beautiful classic C series red Mercedes is is left with doors open.

nb.This is exactly the same red Mercedes as the pug loving Policeman had in the episode Ghost.

Kurt arrives at the farmhouse, with his extra cool sunglasses on.

Nyberg examines the evidence:

Nyberg:

“Two things, whoever did this was very determined, the knife went clean through his throat.”

Kurt:

“Could it be a coincidence?”

Nyberg:

” I don’t believe in coincidences”

Back at the Police Station Kurt & Katrina discuss the case. Somehow Katrina has made Kurt come to her to discuss cases now whereas before she was chasing him for details.

Kurt comes to see beautiful Claire who says:

“Benjamin, he was here for lay-offs..”

Kurt:

“Of course if we think you are in danger we will offer protection”..

Kurt & Katrina back at the Police Station argue:

“You are so irritable!”

“No, you are!”

Katrina:

“Have you forgotten Claire is a suspect? Was it suicide? You don’t know”..

Nyberg present his findings:

“Here’s the rope, it’s new, cut, not whipped, no blood”..

Kurt:

“So he got the rope in place, went and killed Manfred”..

Later that night Kurt knocks at Katrina’s house:

“Katrina:

“Another dinner invitation?”

Kurt:

“No, I won’t bother you again, I’ve come to tell you.. (he wants to talk abut the case)

Katrina:

“If he was jealous and planned to kill himself, why not leave a note?”

Kurt:

“Hmmm..We will continue to check”..

Next day Kurt goes to talk to a very angry largely pregnant lady Accountant who used to work for Claire’s Cider company:

“That psychologist Benjamin was a pathetic loser. Go, look!”

She shows Kurt the Company accounts..

Meanwhile beautiful lady Claire, who now has Police protection in the form of sturdy sanguine Svartman, goes to the wine cellar to choose some wine. She blows off the dust from the bottle, hears something, gets out,and tells Svartman that someone is in the basement..

All the light bulbs are off as they always are in these moments in basements. Svartman, who has remained impassive and impervious to Claire’s efforts at charming him so far, finds nothing down in the dark basement.

Meanwhile at the Police Station, Pontus & Isabelle keep looking at each other. Isabelle manages to look smouldering and sexy over the computer. Next thing we know, they go out, get drunk and go clubbing! They say goodbye outside the club.

“Sleep tight!”

“You too”.

He lets her walk home alone. Tut, tut, Pontus. His door bell rings and it’s her! They snog horrifically then shag. Bit cliche’ for Wallander equals boring.

Next scene we see a cool security guard who looks like a very skinny Billy Connolly with long grey hair and beard. i say cool since he, like Wallander, has a record on and it’s playing full volume. (70’s Psychedelic rock?). Wait, he hears a noise, and guess what, doesn’t last long, as he too is shortly stabbed..

Katrina comes to see beautiful Claire at her mansion Cider estate:

Katrina:

“You’re not very interested in seeing this case solved, are you?”

nb. We keep seeing shots of a strange girl with black hair, brushing her teeth all the time..

Kurt tracks down this girl:

Kurt:

“Are you Beatrice Salin?”

Beatrice stabs Kurt!

Isabelle chases Beatrice, gets her in her sights, then freezes with her gun in her hand , pointing! Beatrice walks away.

(Isabelle clearly has post traumatic stress)

Kurt at the hospital:

“I’m fine!” (phew)

Kurt is ok thank God. He has a bandage, puts his crisp white shirt on. Goes to work. Looks at all the case photos.

Katrina:

“How could you be so bloody careless?! I went over there to talk to her.”

Kurt:

“Why?”

Katrina:

“I’m convinced she still has something to tell us, the suicide, I’m not convinced, and you still haven’t..”

Kurt points at a photo:

“That’s Beatrice Stjarne?”

Katrina:

“Yes, Claire’s sister!”

Kurt goes to question beautiful Claire about Beatrice:

Claire:

“Yes, poor Beatrice”..then puts the moves on Kurt, tries to kiss him, he leaves!

Outside, Kurt has a fag in his mouth, takes it out and goes back into the wine cellar. Sees the nylon rope..

Pontus &Isabelle are outside Claire’s Estate guarding her whilst sitting in the car.

Isabelle:

“One hour left, shooting stars, that means you can make a wish”..

Pontus:

“I haven’t told Wallander”

Isabelle:

“No, Wallander is blissfully ignorant about all this”

They snog in the car.

At that moment Beatrice sneaks into the house to see Claire.

Next thing we know Beatrice is stabbed too. Kurt comes to the scene and berates Pontus & Isabelle:

“What the hell happened here?!” What were you doing? I expect a report on my desk first thing in the morning!”

Kurt to Nyberg:

“When will you be finished?”

Beautiful Claire:

“I had no choice, it was self-defence!”

Isabelle & Pontus:

Isabelle:

“Shit!”

Pontus:

“What?”

Isabelle:

“I don’t know, Good Night”

Beautiful Claire gets taken into the Police station:

We see CCTV film of Kurt interviewing Claire. As Katrina watches.

Kurt:

“Whilst her back was turned?”

Claire:

“You promised to protect me!”

Kurt:

(and i love this line)

“Because we have secure evidence of tears”!

he continues:

“Which pocket, the right or the left? (Claire is claiming that Beatrice took out a knife) you would know that, you hit her 4 or 5 times, that’s not self defence, that’s murder! Christ, knock it off!”

Beautiful Claire jumps on Kurt. Not looking quite so beautiful..

Kurt into microphone:

“Kurt Wallander is taking a five minute break”..

Next scene:

Kurt sits at home. He watches Katrina, walking by the sea, after jogging. From his window.

Ahh, all together now, Ahh..

This is how it ends. We don’t see beautiful Claire get charged.

nb. At one point Martinson and Kurt are in a bar having a beer and Martinson says:

“But I should think some ladies have the eye for you?”

Kurt:

“I don’t know, I think my age has affected my judgement”

Also featured:

A very lonely old lady whose husband drank himself to death after being laid off by Claire’s Company, begging Pontus & Isabelle to stay.:

“But i have fresh coffee and buns”

A very angry pregnant chain smoking lady accountant.

A Paranoid Schizophrenic sister who has lines of white knickers/pants in her apartment and the tiniest mirror ever on the wall.

In Wallander evil is egalitarian:

We have had a woman baddie before. Here we have angry women and a woman baddie.

Also our first sight of a Swedish restaurant.

I forgot that this episode contains the embarrassing sight of an actual flashback showing how one of the crimes was done! However since it is Wallander i forgive all..

transcripts of my comments on James Donaghy’s Guardian Blog on The Killing Remake Channel 4 Thursdays @9pm:Episode 9

  • 27 August 2011 2:47PM

    @Kissington:

    Ii agree with all your points and your post at the top particularly sums up the remake-don’t go! your post thus:

    not as good as the original the fact, that the consensus is that it isn’t. The truth hurts. Obviously. I am no raving Danophile or Amerophobe (sic) They are what they are. Please deal with it. I don’t think the US version stands up on it’s own at all, even in comparison to UK programmes. I watch it in the hope that it will improve and because it’s like car crash television. I often can’t believe what I’m seeing.

    Says it all-exactly! i watch it on the same terms. Applying the phrase that you taught me:

    pathetic fallacy

    @All

    to both versions:let’s imagine both of them out of the rain and the gloom and in the sunshine. Now which one holds up in the clear light of day and can still carry off an inherent atmosphere held within the quality of acting, the believability of the characters, their expressed emotions whilst in the midst of shock and hellish suffering such as the grieving parents? The politicos?

    Which Detectives would still be interesting with sunglasses on in a bright summer day? Which secondary characters might still appear indiscernibly good to possible evil? and which would emerge, blinking into the sunshine and be really rather dull? and how much longer would you keep watching them in the merry imaginary sun?

    i watched, long ago, C.S.I Miami and only found believable the character of the crocodile alike sneering Horatio and likewise, lately, the new Hawaii 5-0 which is ridiculous to the extent that the actors are so bad and the sun so bright and the scenery so beautiful that you can’t imagine any evil happening at all.

    taking this premise i suggest that only one character would emerge believably into the summer sunshine from the remake: and that is Holder, although he would be a blinkin plenty i suggest. It is he and he alone that is carrying that show. The rest of them are a paper thin as the tissue like gossamer carbon copy of the Original that that the remake is.

    @Kissington has every right to express his opinions here, which i for one agree with, as it is a forum and all discussions are welcome. However he does not deserve to be rained on his parade. There is a long tradition of satire and caricature as forms of criticism and not liking something does not preclude commentating on that fact and puncturing with our words it’s sanctimonious state of taking itself so damn seriously i suggest.

    That is what i enjoy doing and it is a valid form of criticism and should be left to stand for what it is. Plus such satire involves humour which can only add to our enjoyment i propose. Humour being a saving grace:as well as not taking things, or rather a TV Drama, so damn seriously…

    i felt that @Tiepolo made a very wise comment putting into words what i had been feeling when she/he wrote this:

    I’m also watching Forbrydelsen repeats and wonder if I’m more forgiving of what Killing USA is not delivering because I’m getting the emotional and dramatic satisfaction elsewhere

    Exactly! When i first wrote here about the remake i described it as a paint by numbers facsimile upon which i was slowly transposing the original. I do believe that the Original is the paint and the remake is the thin paper covered in multiple numbers:eg. fill it in which is essentially what they have done.

    Hearing that the remake Linden for ex. refused to watch the original i found annoying and illogical. Did she not realise they made her into a carbon copy of Sophie anyway? right down to her jumpers, hairdo and perplexed yet non-inscrutable expression?!

    c’mon folks, is it really that good when we find ourselves discussing the emotive qualities of a

    basketball

    within a scene and what

    new in formation it communicated to the viewer!

    and discussing the intricacies of Linden standing on an elevator and the absolutely ridiculous and severely surreal vision of Belko beating up with bad bellicosity: a rock?!

    @HaveaDrinkOnMe:

    your soliloquy on the meaning of the rock within the Drama was truly hilarious!:))

    @MoreTears:

    @Kissington has never been personally abusive in my opinion and does not need to retire from this Blog, he is only expressing his valid criticism. as they say in the States, lighten up a little! it’s only a programme..how about: “i beg to differ” or perhaps “let’s agree to disagree”?

    how about we all join hands, have a coca cola moment and sing..

    “I’d like to teach the world to sing, in perfect harmony”..

    speaking of music:

    @JamesDonaghy:

    thanks for the info about the song. That would explain the insanely good piano playing!:)

    @JSully:

    guess this is at least a thousand word, you know me so well!

    t’was kind of me i felt, not to correct you on your “Keats and his fields of lavender” last week, since he never wrote about lavender fields..:)

  • clarissima

New!Inspector Montalbano:An Excursion To Tindari: BBC4 21st August 2011 a less than respectful review..

I couldn’t get into Inspector Montalbano. Mainly i have to admit because he wasn’t Wallander. However i was prepared to give it a try and went into it with an open mind. Yet i probably wasn’t giving it my full attention. Nor as i fully settled and committed to sitting still for one hour plus 55 minutes like i did for Wallander. Well apart from the occasional lightening quick powder break whilst fretting over what important irretrievable bit of dialogue, plot and humdrum warm humanity i had missed all the while.

Sicily is completely fabulous. Ancient of course. Vaguely i know that it has been host to or the seat of many ancient civilisations and occupations . If the latter is the correct word.

It wasn’t until near the very end they casually let slip a glimpse of the breathtaking views from seemingly dizzying heights above of crystal clear sea and waves below. This vision is the vista for the backdrop for a casual lunch in a stone eyrie of a restaurant, not even glanced at by Inspector Montalbano and Ingrid, his dinner companion. I could only think they must have climbed a lot of stone steps to get there.

We see Inspector Montalbano’s balcony of his flat which looks down onto the sea, a proper stone terraced parapet. Then the mysterious curly haired blond lady who he phones right at the end, telling her:

“It feels like you should be here when i get home”

She too has a sun struck stone terrace, burnt by blistering light just outside her tiny spotless old school kitchen. The ruffled material of the mini curtain just below her cooker was a nice touch.

We had seen a photo on Inspector M’s desk of a smiling blond lady, him and i thought a child? Ah, the stereotypical tragic death of wife story i thought. This is why he is so chaste with Ingrid, who insists on staying the night, in his bed. Seemingly unaware as i was, that Inspector M is spoken for. So why didn’t Inspector M tell Ingrid? Why the stilted teenage type questions by Inspector M the next day to Ingrid:

“Nothing happened last night did it?”

Why was he asking, was he off his head? He didn’t seem the hard drinking type. It was all very odd. Ingrid flirts verbally back saying:

“If did if you wanted it too and would that be so bad?”

Mysterious blond lady suddenly appears and cuddles up to Inspector M at the end after saying:

“We should get married like them”

Them being a woman and Inspector M’s mate who is called Mimi who i don’t think is Sicilian but not sure. But why does she live apart yet is in the photo like his wife? Maybe it is just a jolly photo of him and her and not his dear dead family and i have seen too many stereotypical Detective Dramas.

However Inspector M seems a bit old not to be married in such a traditional place. there i go again, applying stereotypes, tut tut me.

The City and towns of Sicily are ancient and likewise all the buildings. Inspector M and his friend (who works with him but his job is not clear) go to see two bodies at the bottom of some ancient walls that they have to climb up and down ladders to get to. This is not remarked upon and carried off with humility by Inspector M and Mimi.

The passers by in the streets look peaceful, walk dogs, are well dressed. The sunlight dapples over everything.

Inspector M gets shouted at by the eponymous Boss who demands he comes straight away and informs him that his Fiat has been seen at the home of an elderly Mafia boss. After first questioning Inspector M on his license plate to identify his car.

The elderly Mafia man, guarded by a black clad earpiece wearing young man, shakes and confesses that they did:

“terrible things”

but that they knew:

“where to draw the line over which you should not cross otherwise man becomes animal”

i didn’t give Inspector M my full attention. Yet i still don’t know if i would have followed the plot if i had. It wasn’t entirely clear. Centring around and illegal organ donation racket run by a dodgy surgeon with and unquenchable taste for expensive art who was bailed out of debt by the Mafia.

However why the couple who were murdered and i thought the centre of the investigation was not clear. Nor was the importance of the mysterious plot of land left in their will.

Inspector M goes to this plot of land and can’t get in so happening to have a tool box somewhere in his car i guess first hacksaws the padlock off. Then shoots at the lock after bashing his shoulder repeatedly into the door. This necessitates him ripping off his sky blue shirt and repeating this exercise topless. Which did bring a smile to my lips. I know, it’s sexist of me.

For some reason he was then forced (by the script) to sit about for quite a while thinking, still shirtless. He went home holding the shirt with his jacket on, bare chested underneath. I guess he really had ripped his shirt off. It appeared so at the time but my faculties, normally so acutely observant of such things, were minorly impaired at the time.

Inspector M had a lovely black furry rug of hair all over his chest and slight love handles although if he had baggier trousers they wouldn’t have shown.

i think the mysterious house on the plot of land with the lock which eventually just clicked open spontaneously after all Inspector M’s pummelling, hack sawing and shooting was some kind of den of iniquity to do with internet porn. All there was, was plug sockets. Not sure if this was connected to the surgeon and illegal donor racket or not.

The poor surgeon is cornered in a funny house that you think belongs to a very old lady and has huge plants on the table in some kind of fake Mafia bust by Inspector M. Fake in that the Surgeon thinks Inspector M is the Mafia come to kill him but obviously he isn’t. Yet Inspector M doesn’t mention this. Then Mimi and the police turn up to cover Inspector M and pretend to shoot each other but really shoot into the air. Search me..

Then Inspector M wakes up a beardy man in a blue striped cotton dressing gown and tells him to tell the story on the news about the organ scheme and tell everyone that the elderly Mafia man is dead. Even tho he isn’t but he is waiting for a kidney. Not clear if this is to protect the elderly repentant Mafia man or that he will soon be dead if they have locked up the dodgy surgeon.

That’s about it. Plus Inspector M is seriously hot. Completely my cup of tea. Baldy with a shaved head at the sides. Please, just shave it guys, the Monk look is so not in. (except for Monks of course) Lovely jackets. Great pad. Doesn’t smoke. Nobody smokes in Sicily. A bit unlikely. Has a sense of humour. Is very clever. Sparkling eyes. Pairs his mate off with a beautiful girl just so he doesn’t get married to a policewoman and have to be transferred away.

There are several caricatures; of Cartella, the dopey Policeman and a wound up middle aged woman who complains of her neighbour and girls “groaning” which she replicates then looks up at Inspector M declaring:

“I’m still a young woman!”

Plus at one point Inspector M falls asleep whilst watching the porn tapes that are part of the investigation and wakes up to a whole crowd of Police and nosy neighbours outside his door.

Inspector M figures out a Science fiction story about robots as a cover for the tale of organ donation and darkly mutters about children being involved. He also mentions paedophiles in relation to the mysterious internet porn house, now empty.

Yet in the end, since as he has said:they will do nothing because of the important business men and Mafia involved. There is just the press release, that’s it.

I think the humour, that might as well be subtitled by (boom boom!) plus the supposed small town characters and life somewhat offensively caricatured is meant to be a counterpoint to the dark deeds and discoveries. Like in Wallander. (ok i’m obsessed) However it doesn’t work. Maybe you have to stick with if for it to grow on you.

I did enjoy hearing spoken Italian and extremely fast, faster than i have ever heard. Not that i’ve heard a lot. The shouty, over expression stuff i did wonder if it was a little stereotyped.

Fabulous Sicily, beautiful sea. Hot Inspector. A little formulaic. Dunno if i will bother again although mildly enjoyable i wouldn’t reverentially set aside my Saturday night and look forward to it as a feast of skilful acting and genuine full fledged surprising and spectacular human vagaries that was my beloved Wallander.

transcripts of my comments on James Donaghy’s Guardian Blog on The Killing Remake Channel 4 Thursdays @9pm:Episode 8

  • 26 August 2011 1:43AM

    @James Donaghy:

    like Digby Chicken Caesar! truly hilarious:))and wasn’t that a brainwave of Linden’s to phone Mohammed? a light bulb popped above her head after somebody bumped into her! perhaps they were on the phone?

    @All:

    yes, and then poor benighted Mohammed runs even though he doesn’t know Linden by sight! before she calls out “Stop! Police!” Odd that.

    during this unexciting chase through the market funky music plays..Mo is faced with gun pointing cops in front and behind:

    “Get down on your knees!” and starts praying. Obviously thinking he’s about to be shot or taken to Guantanamo..

    Also interesting was the opening scene in which the phone conversation in Arabic from Bennet to Mohammed is replayed. Unaccountably the language now is sounding very like Japanese! Even the Muslim translator hasn’t noticed! Real Arabic is only heard in the final interview with Mo..

    Holderism:

    “All we have to do now is cross the i’s and dot the t’s” Which newly fake-Fair Isle jumpered Linden repeats back to him.. Holder:

    “maybe i could teach Algebra..if Oakes has his head up his a** 181/2″ and the Judge has his head up his a** 51/2feet, how many inches is that?”!

    Poor Bennet, even the school Principal can’t pronounce his name right, then Amber goes all Judas on him…

    Richmond goes to see the Iman who also is shown wearing his prayer cap like a beanie hat as was the original shopkeeper and is not Somalian and has a very corny accent.

    Iman:

    “How can i trust you and your Government?”

    Richmond:

    “It’s not mine, it’s both our government”

    (is this a moral message?)

    Mitch turns into Herman Munster, looming into view. For her, pale and staring, equals grief. (sorry but she doesn’t compare well with Pernille and is unfortunately forever typecast for me as the mad Maenad in True Blood) Mitch to Linden:

    “You told me it was over!”

    (yes, that was dumb Linden)

    more Holderism:

    “I’m no good at this racial profiling”

    ( err, none of you are, the producers, the script, the actors..even the interpreter was repeating what seemed to be Japanese, not Arabic earlier)

    Richmond in a bar with Gwen:

    Richmond is drinking. Americans only do that in Dramas when they are really depressed or, you know, Lost..

    Richmond:

    “Lily, she loved this song!”

    Boy, they play miserable songs in this Bar, real loud.(Sarah Vaughn?)

    “She drove off, alone, that night..i stopped listening..”

    Gwen:

    “then listen to her now”!

    Gwen leaves. No one else in the bar..

    Munster Mitch is crying in the bedroom. Stan looking like there’s a bad smell.Mitch:

    “You let him go, he killed our daughter!”

    Did anybody ever actually say that?

    nb. syrupy scene of the week:

    Stan helps little girl with bike:

    “Be careful!”

    As she goes off in slo-mo whilst mushy music plays..

    Richmond pleads for 5 million Dollars from Drexler to “rebuild the Somalian community.” (That’s a lot of money for repainting a Mosque.) Drexler:

    “5 million for this shot!”

    (Oh dear how tiresome)

    Richmond:

    “then i keep the ball and wont need you..”

    Drexler:

    “Guys like you always need guys like me”..

    Holder questions Mohammed:(finally the translator is actually talking Arabic)

    “You’re in some deep shit..couldn’t wait for the 72 virgins huh?”

    (Oh.Dear.)

    Holder and Linden display a lamentable lack of knowledge about F.G.M.

    (12 is a bit old for F.G.M & pretty sure Ayesha isn’t Somalian either)

    Final montage:

    Stan beats up Bennet who screams.

    Mitch finds the pink T-shirt in the washing:oops!

    Belko is beating up a rock:painful! Whilst Stan pulverises Bennet..

    Amber twiddles mobile in the cot.

    Holder & Linden:

    “Holder:

    “Need an APB on a Latin male!” (?!) unless i misheard

    Stan & Belko stand over the possibly dead figure of Bennet in the blue night.

    Where did they get the giant rock?

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New!:Transcript of my comments on Phelim O’ Neill’s Guardian Blog of Falling Skies channel FX Tuesdays@9pm Episode 8

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25 August 2011 5:52PM

@Magnus38:

regarding the no clothes issue:

i’m not sure how serious you are! i have to admit i’m not taking this show very seriously i’m afraid simply because it’s so daft and it laid itself open for sardonic mischief making in it’s critique for me as a result:) Plus i react like this to a show that takes itself so damn seriously! Yes, i guess the aliens should have clothes if they feel the cold! however i never considered this. i must have presumed that them being alternative life forms and from a possibly different world completely may not have the same concepts as us about clothes or anything in particular surely?:)

Aliens never have those indelicate parts do they?! Perhaps they have perfected cloning or it’s all very much more cerebral..:) The Aliens may not have elements like us and so on hence no concept of weather. Or if they do have weather as we think of it, they may have an inbuilt thermostat, very cleverly adjusting to all unpredictable temperatures. This clever thermostat may even have been fitted or programmed especially for going away to other planets! nb. i’m making all this up, in gentle fun, i’m sure you will understand:)

@All:

i kind of liked the silvery skinny humanoid men, i didn’t feel they were particularly evil, except when they were peeking giant oval fish faced through the peep hole that is.. A bit boring and derivative though surely? like all the alternative life forms (A.L.F’s) so far plus the mechanical ones..

With all the many millions at his disposal for each episode you would have thought Speilberg could have come up with something more original than these A.L.F/Mechs?

There are all weird and wonderful and crazy possibilities of alternative life forms throughout the universe:Just think of how many throws of the DNA dice and evolutionary outcomes and quirks there are here! So why didn’t he go wild? Why is it always insecty/tentacly things or dull robots? Or the eponymous silvery skinny humanoid?

I saw more interesting and varied possibilities on Stephen Hawking’s Doc about alternative life forms possible in the galaxy. My favourite being a giant elephant heffalump mastodon with large suckers for feet for traipsing up cliffs..and a funnel for a mouth..

Dr.The Evidence:

good point, that occurred to me too, pretty rough out there with no glasses..

@HokeyCokey

good point, and funny:)

@LV09

i so agree, particularly about the children, it wouldn’t matter if it wasn’t delivered with ladles of syrup emptied over our metaphorical heads..Thinking abut it Spielberg always did pretty much have children in his alien films yet i don’t remember those films feeling like a sucrose overdose like this! What a truly terrible thought, chocolate chips being no good, quelle horreure…

Yes, as @HokeyCokey said, where did all the bodies go? Don’t tell me, many multiple funerals with giant American flags? (from their inexhaustible supply)? plus, if the earth was, as they have said, “nuked” radioactively, wouldn’t that have led to a nuclear winter and everybody being really rather ill?!

@BinkThe Magician:

i so agree about Pope, yet he is a rapist so we were told, they had to go and spoil it all..or is he allowed to redeem himself? oh the moral quandries and questions raised so deliberately and irksomely…

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