Watching the (foreign) detectives

Bordertown: Quirky as

I never look this normal in the show. I’m quite dysfunctional. Trust me. But what do you expect when they spell the word “Police” with three i’s.

Wallander: Angst amongst the Swedes

Nearby, in Sweden, based on a series of very popular crime novels (and whose English translations are quite popular in the UK), Kurt Wallander is plagued by similar demons to Kari. His work obsession creates an inability to maintain any relationship or a bond with his father, daughter, or any romantic interest. Like a narcotic, he can stay clean for a period of time but soon relapses into complete work obsession and disconnection from the people he loves.

The real mystery is why I am standing in the water. Am I investigating the death of a seahorse?

Young Wallander: Beauty is not so deep

Someday when I am older, I will solve mysteries. For now, I will look like a Gap model from the 90s.

Hinterland: Unintentional Comedy in Wales

If you’ve got a murder to solve, find anyone else but this crew. Even the Waverley Police department in New South Wales wouldn’t make so many mistakes. (Mostly because the NSW Police don’t do anything, but it does leave them mistake-free)

The Valhalla Murders

Flawed characters are always great for gritty realism. This one might be a bit too flawed.

There are a lot of murders in small towns

While growing up in the small town of King Salmon, Alaska, I had always assumed that the population stayed small because no one wanted to live there. After watching these detective shows, I have realised that the population of small towns all around the world are kept low by the abundance of serial killers and mass murders.



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