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Der Kommissar - Traumbilder

episode 82

West Germany 1974
produced by
Helmut Ringelmann for Neue Münchner Fernsehproduktion/ZDF
directed by Helmuth Ashley
starring Erik Ode, Reinhard Glemnitz, Günther Schramm, Elmar Wepper, Helma Seitz, Paul Hubschmid, Sabine von Maydell, Peter Chatel, Frank Forster, Harry Meyen, Inge Langen, Alexander Golling, Irene Marhold, Wolfrid Lier, Hans Stadtmüller, Elisabeth von Molo
written by Herbert Reinecker, series created by Helmut Ringelmann, Herbert Reinecker, music by Hans Hammerschmid

TV-series
Der Kommissar

review by
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Inspector Keller (Erik Ode) is called by Herkel (Peter Chatel), who claims he needs instant protection as his life is at risk, but when Keller meets up with him, Herkel's brutally gunned down and even Keller is hospitalized - leaving it to his team (Reinhard Glemnitz, GŁnther Schramm, Elmar Wepper), under his guidance from the hospital bed of course, to conduct investigations. Now first and foremost, Herkel was somehow involved in a pevious case of two girls who had taken LSD, and while one committed suicide under the influence, the other, Martina, has since spent her days in a sanitorium as she has lost all her momory. But at the sanitorium Martina has done lots of drawing, with ice skates a recurring motive. And through her drawings, our investigators can determine a hotel room near an ice rink where Martina and her friend have probably taken the LSD. The hotel receptionist (Wolfrid Lier) claims to know nothing at all about this, but then he's murdered. So the next ones in line are the hotel owner Kremer (Paul Hubschmid) and a certain Schreck (Frank Forster), whom the receptionist has mentioned to his wife (Irene Marhold) on the day of his death. Weirdly enough, the two of them every now and again meet at wine dealer Schambers' (Alexander Golling) business, and somehow Keller's team finds out that Schambers from time to time was provided with girls by them, drugged girls to be precise, including Martina and her friend. And ultimately, Martina can identify Schambers, too, and now he helps to lure Kremer and Schreck into a trap and it turns out they've used Schambers' business as a facade for their drug smuggling organisation.

 

It seems this episode tries to outdo itself in being sensationalist, including everything from LSD to sexual abuse to a drug ring into its mix - and as a result this episode comes across as even more far-fetched and even a bit random than usual, especially since several elements don't really fit together and ultimately detract from the murder mystery at its heart. What's interesting though is that this is one of the few episodes where Keller actually plays second fiddle to his team, and without in the least wanting to dismiss Erik Ode as an actor (whom I'm actually rather fond of), it's a welcome change. What hasn't changed though is screenwriter Herbert Reinecker's trademark stilted dialogue and predilection for unnatural character actions and reactions, but over time one has come to expect as much from the series. Anyways, in all lively if confusing, and nothing to write home about but ok nostalgia at least.

 

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