“Tatort” from bremen: femme fatale on inline skates

The detectives first find a thumb and then the corresponding corpse. The crime scene is exciting, but has some really annoying moments.

Why did Ole Bergener have to die? Victoria Fleer plays Judith Bergener (from left) Photo: Radio Bremen/Michael Ihle

There are those "crime scenes" that leave you perplexed. Like this Bremen case, which is somehow quite exciting and well filmed and accompanied by interesting music, but again and again has moments that are so upsetting, so annoying, that you want to bash the TV with the remote control.

But first to the murder that Lursen (Sabine Postel) and Stedefreund (Oliver Mommsen) have to solve: A car is found in a parking lot, one of those SUV pseudo off-road vehicles. There is a lot of blood on the back seat and a severed thumb. The car had probably been there for eight months. Soon after, a metal box is pulled out of the water at the submarine bunker. In it a corpse, the matching puzzle piece to the finger.

Why did Ole Bergener have to die? The search for the answer revolves all the time around Maria Voss (Nadeshda Brennicke), Bergener’s former colleague.

Voss is a femme fatale: always dressed in a red coat, with medication problems (or problems when she doesn’t take medication), doesn’t speak a word but only breathes, wraps men around her finger, is always on inline skates (sounds funny, but it is) and has a sound she always makes when she appears, like the hiss of a snake announcing impending danger. Voss’ sound goes something like this, "chick-chick-chick-aaaaah." Hissed, of course.

"Why did Ole Bergener have to die?" becomes more and more, "What’s wrong with this woman?"

Mysterious Stetements

Bremen crime scene "Back into the Light"; Sun., 8:15 p.m., ARD

Unfortunately – and this is one of those moments of excitement – in crime thrillers, such lucid characters also always have to make quite mysterious statements. A typical dialogue then goes like this:

Commissioner: "Ole Bergener and you?"

Voss: "You mean, did we sleep together?"

Commissioner: "For example."

Voss: "I need a strong counterpart. Good day."

Ooooh, mysterious. Only: who in their life has ever experienced such a dialogue? Why don’t Lursen and Stedefreund ask about it? A simple "Huh?!?" would have sufficed.

And while we’re on the subject of excitement and implausible dialogue: The biggest space next to the femme fatale Voss is taken up by the relationship between Stedefreund and BKA investigator Linda Selb (Luise Wolfram). Their massive repartee is also so over the top that one wishes the couple all the worst. Better no love story in "Tatort" than this one.

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