New!:Wallander:aired on 23rd July 2011:The Angel Of Death (nb. i may have my dates wrong but this is the correct title:)

In which Isabelle is the rookie who gets fathered by Wallander and overcomes her bitterness somewhat towards her own father who abandoned her when very young.

This case involves a missing girl from a touring choir who are staying in a hotel.

We discover that Wallander’s wonderful interviewing skill fails him when confronted by a large group of girls! He doesn’t know how to talk to girls. He is forced to ask Isabelle:

“can you talk to the girls? they’re a little hard to get through to!”

We see Wallander go near blushy and star struck when he encounters the vision of a beautiful Choir Mistress. Wallander as we know loves music and has received the highest accolade in an earlier episode from an elderly instrument repairer:

“You’re a music lover”.

Wallander has gone equally blissful in demeanour over his favourite cello player whom he saved from certain death remember. Burning his hand to rescue her and her cello which he takes to be restored on his own.

Wallander to beautiful blond lady Choir Mistress after hearing her choir of girls sing:

“So you sing without the words!” (beaming from ear to ear) They proceed to talk in music lovers language, exchanging their favourite composers and pieces:

“Taube, Cesar Franck, Paris Angelicus”..

Wallander, you are becoming distracted from your normal reptilian focus!

There is an amusing scene where Wallander and beardy Martinson take tea with an Iraqi family whose daughter is in the choir. The Dad says:

“Miranda thinks she is Swedish!”

The Mother says :

“but Miranda sings like an angel!”

Wallander and Martinson have been given welcoming sweets and black tea in tiny glass teacups which Wallander sips and eats, untroubled, whilst questioning the parents. All the while we see Martinson grimacing at each sip and bite..

Back at the Police station the men including Wallander and Pontus have ordered in boxes of Pizzas and are making a few laddish remarks:


“Damn lad’s lunch!”


“Did you get up at the wrong side of the bed today Isabelle?!”

(so they have that saying in Sweden too!)

Wallander goes to the concert of the girls led by the Choir Mistress lady:they sing Paris Angelicum. All in Latin with no song sheets. Wallander is captivated and enthralled.



“Hi, I’d just like to thank you for the concert it was very good. He really likes her. He’s like a tongue tied blushing schoolboy!

Later, when sitting in his garden by the sea worrying over his case, Wallander is surprised by the spontaneous appearance of Katrina. She has popped over with her hair wet and a small towel around her shoulders. They discuss the case and Katrina starts to quote statistics:


“Statistics? I don’t give a shit about your statistics!”

Wallander falls out with Katrina!

Later we seen a scene where one of the choir girls is visited in her bedroom by the choir Mistress lady. The girl, Lina starts shouting at the Choir Lady:

“Get off me! I don’t want you to touch me with your old lady hands!”.

Cut to the Police station and we see the receptionist who has been charged with the care of Jussi, Wallanders beloved dog. Jussi is patiently slumped at her feet. Receptionist lady shouts:

“Tell Wallander his dog needs a pee!”

Then the receptionist proceeds to sing, very high, piercingly..

Jussi whines!

This time it is Isabelle who goes off on a solo mission. She has slowly learned to let Wallander in enough to phone him and tell him what she is doing, leaving a message. We see a mysterious blond man who was watching the concert stroking his cat in his little house. Isabelle is following him on her own.. Wallander comes out of the Police station:

“Where the hell is she?”

Meanwhile blond guy plays with his horrible tuft of hair growing out of his forehead whilst gazing into the mirror.

Wallander is proper stressing out and is speeding to the scene with Martinson having listened to Isabelle’s message:

“Step on it for Crissake! I’m worried about Isabelle!”

Isabelle calls out “hello?” at the little house (keys rattle) she goes in and taps onto the computer.. Blondy man appears..

“On your knees! On Your Knees!”

Kurt & Co have arrived to save Isabelle from possible harm. Isabelle:

“Hurry up!, it’s down here!, can you get this open?”

She leads them to a basement room but the missing girl is not there.

Wallander takes Isabelle aside and reprimands her for her solo mission:

“I got worried, you understand?”

Back at the Police station Kurt and Katrina cross swords again. Kurt:

“So you’re gonna tell me how to do my bloody job?!”

At the hotel the group of girls in the choir quietly and mournfully sing this old Gospel song:(will find out the name)

“All Night, all day

Angels watching over me my Lord

Now i lay me down to sleep

Angels watching over me my Lord”

“Pray the Lord my soul to keep

If i die before i wake

Pray the Lord my soul to take

Angels watching over me my Lord..”

The girls sing this very beautifully. Unfortunately the Angels aren’t really watching over them.

Back at the Police station Kurt takes Isabelle into the interview room with him to question the mysterious blond man. A great privilege. We find out that he is the estranged father of the now second missing girl and his talk about his abandonment of his daughter angers Isabelle and she storms out. Isabelle tells Wallander:

“My Pappa left too!”


“You never mentioned that, you go back in”!

Isabelle goes back in to hear the estranged father say:

“We hardly knew each other, i panicked, walked off, spineless, I’ve spent every day regretting it!..I wanted to explain to her, not to get her forgiveness”..

Back at the Police Station Katrina is in a huff with Wallander! Over his case..


Slow beat music plays as Wallander comes in his car alone with blue grey skies above. Cello music plays..

At the end of the case Wallander holds her shoulder whilst asking Isabelle:

“Are you ok?”

“Yes” she replies

“Ok, let’s go” he says. They walk together side by side, almost shoulder to shoulder,out into the sun dappled peaceful market square into the brown gold twilight. Sounds stop into silence then start up again. The scene holds for the longest time.

New:Transcripts of my comments on James Donaghy’s Guardian Blog on The Killing remake:Episode 6: Thursdays Channel 4 @9pm

  • 8 August 2011 6:13PM

    @haveadrinkonme: & @ All & @James Donaghy

    Yes, it is a bit mind boggling a game, isn’t it? you have a point thinking about it, the family would more likely be a crime of passion so to speak and they (you would think) would be less familiar with serial-killer or professional(for want of a better word) murdering techniques which are cold-hearted at nature. Unless one of the family is a secret serial killer type? doesn’t seem plausible does it.


    it would seem to indicate somebody more emotionally removed from Rosie since as conceivable as it is that they could have held her, done we don’t know exactly what to her- chased her, would they really have been able to shut her in the boot of a car to drown fully conscious? Or: the complete opposite in that they couldn’t bring themselves to do the deadly deed (as in you know what)

    Yes, i too am wondering about Jamie as he has given us evidence of his ruthlessness “if you want to get into the ring you need to be ready to shed some blood” etc. Mind you he is a bit little in size i think and wouldn’t it take a fair sized man or woman with some strength to carry out the whole stuff a struggling screaming girl fighting for her life in full adrenalin mode into a car boot and then somehow to push said car into the lake? would it not take two people to carry out such a manoeuvre?

    As you say, the Senator and Jasper’s father are contenders too, we know that Jaspers father is big and prone to slapping Jasper already. Certainly all the politicos excepting (i think) Richmond have a certain ruthlessness but this doesn’t necessarily translate to murder..

    however there is the question would the politicos (or their aides) murder to protect their careers or campaign? or alternatively would somebody in the campaign really murder to crash somebody else’s eg. Richmond’s political chances? then cleverly point to the way to Richmond in slo motion reveals..

    Yet objectively speaking somebody went to a great deal of trouble for the body of Rosie not to be discovered. Without Linden’s stroke of genius would it ever have been? Such a plot could not rely on the body being discovered.

    i realise i have left out Holder from my list of possible suspects:he was there originally and discounted on the basis of his kindly money drop. However my take on this is purely subjective and i recall finding his dialogue or conversation to Linden from the outset decidedly off. On the basis of him being a stoneresque figure i think am letting this go now (as i think we are expected to) however the meet with his supposed sponsor screamed out undercover meeting/mole to me.

    To speak to your sponsor doesn’t necessitate an obvious undercover style meet in a car in the middle of nowhere. Plus the guy asked about the case-in detail. This mysterious guy could well be a political mole or even the mole leaking to Belko?!

    nb. We assumed the guy @ Holder’s secret car meet was a Cop, however we don’t know that and wouldn’t there be some ethical rule against sponsors in your own work or social circle? This is all very iffy:like Holder even tho i find him the most likeable character which isn’t saying a lot!

    it is a shame that they have given us precious little police procedural to puzzle satisfactorily over as @Honukokua has rightly said. For’s six days in to the investigation and Linden has only just entered the “M.O” into the computer! It does seem rather important to know whether Rosie was raped or not for ex. which we don’t know.

    There isn’t even the usual Computer whizz we have come to expect in murder dramas! In fact for Chicago, the facilities appear to be rather backwoods in appearance, more Wire than C.S.I..(not that everyone has C.S.I state of the art style stuff but still..)

    They haven’t traced the journey of the campaign car yet nor looked at the campaign car logs eg. signing in and out for the use of the car presumably? Also the basics of the amount of petrol used or where more petrol may have been bought?!

    Was it not Rosie’s picture LInden was looking at along with the other Missing Alerts? yet Rosie was never reported missing.

    Realise i left out Regi from my list of suspects. I took an instant dislike to Regi. Yet they are all pretty unlikeable really, except Richmond, Holder, not so sure now.

    Found myself musing whilst watching on Linden’s dreadful red lipstick and the upper lip creep occurring. This must be a sign of how bored i am at the time. Linden needs some lip liner i found myself thinking and when does she get time to keep re-applying such a copious oil like slick? no handbag that i’ve noticed!

    much like the show, slick gloss on top, one-dimensional cardboard cut out characters below

    Wonder if they have a time date on that film other wise they could date the time of year from the cycle of the butterflies eg. Spring. Do feel the butterflies are either important or symbolic in that Rosie, we know from Mitch, did want to leave home?

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Transcript of my comments on James Donaghy’s Guardian Blog on The Killing remake Episode 6 Channel 4 Thursdays@9pm

  • 7 August 2011 3:28PM

    correction:Richmond’s aide is called Jamie

    nb. apparently the caterpillar is part of the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly before it becomes a butterfly!