I haven't yet seen any of Wallander other than in the BBC series, and those six episodes, each of which has the feel of a movie, are just wonderful. We get a really original, refreshing (though not upbeat) detective series, with a pace and feel I've never seen before on American or British television.
Among the highlights -
- Kurt Wallander almost always feels directly, personally responsible for the murders he investigates with his team, and he's sometimes right
- the cinematography of the Swedish countryside is breathtaking, and in a class by itself as far as what we usually see in even the best visual presentations on television
- the Swedish police are a lot less trigger-happy than we Americans, but they're not afraid to use lethal force when necessary, and what we get is a very good take on an alternate mode of policing
- the Swedish public, at least in the Wallander series, are a lot more disrespectful of the police than the average citizen in the US and (from what I can tell from British series) in the UK, which also makes for an unusual dynamic.
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