His boss/captain(?) says he'd need a medical exam before being reinstated. She comments that she can see he's sweating and shaking. But he simply says 'I'm fine.' and she gives him his gun back. The hell?
I know, right? And he was apparently on medication that he threw away in the trash (only to dig out later). I would have thought that she'd only give him his badge back at first, and not give the gun before a psych evaluation. That wasn't realistic at all.methespy
, there's nothing wrong with you enjoying it. Many times in the past, I kept wondering if there was something wrong with me for not being able to enjoy it, despite its critical acclaim. I've enjoyed incredibly dark series before--Dexter--for example, and seen plenty of movies with depressing themes, disturbing crimes, and abusive backstories too.
But Wallander somehow rubs me the wrong way. I found this episode incredibly slow moving, and too much dialogue was whispered and tense. Also, there would be no logical explanation for things, like the boss giving his gun back, and why Wallander hadn't kept up paying his electricity and phone bills at his flat, and he didn't immediately try to set those things back up once he returned. I feel every moment as if Wallander's on the verge of suicide, and there's no change, whatever happens on the case.
The solution of the mystery felt more like a bittersweet victory for that ex-cop security guard, getting to feel like he was a hero, even if he couldn't be re-instated. I felt way more emotional tug for him than I did for Wallander. I don't think that's the way I'm supposed to feel, with the main character striking me as obscure and lifeless. I've stopped hoping that I could ever enjoy Wallander, no matter what the guest star.
Edited by Cress, Oct 12, 2010 @ 7:12 PM.