“Blind Date”, a Mainz crime scene with Heike Makatsch that strives for a bit of originality.
The commissioner as daughter and mother: When Heike Makatsch first investigated as Ellen Berlinger in 2016, the disturbed relationship with her mother played a role, as did the 15-year-old daughter who was given to her grandmother after the birth. Then, in 2018, there were family entanglements again, in the form of the son of her cousin Maja. Now, in the third Tatort appearance, the second, still young daughter is a burden for the single policewoman. How practical that the British father suddenly turns up and wants to take Greta with him to his other five (!) Children and his wife, who “has more energy than a nuclear power plant” – Berlinger to her cousin, who from now on will no longer have to look after Greta.
A woman who puts her job above motherhood? That’s still pretty original for a TV movie character. However, the viewer now fears that the fourth Makatsch crime scene (again in two or three years?) Will be the turn of the older daughter to settle properly with her so unmotherly mom, because this Sunday crime offshoot does not seem to work without family stress. The Mainz crime scene “Blind Date” by Wolfgang Stauch (book) and Ute Wieland (director) not only relies on the story of a mother who also gives away her second child without much hesitation, he also tries to find one with the other characters pretty blatant character drawing – benevolently one would call it psychologically unusual.
You can tell by looking at her
The focus is on the blind Rosa, Henriette Nagel, the ear and nose witness of a gas station robbery with a dead person. First she helps the police with clues up to and including an expensive perfume – 249 euros – that the perpetrator wore. Then she closes, although Berlinger and her taciturn, extremely sullen colleague Martin Rascher, Sebastian Blomberg, have seen her lively face that she knows the voice that she hears during an acoustic confrontation.
Well, Rosa, but not only Rosa decides in this crime scene: Live wild and dangerous! The blind young woman, who was just studying law, does this for different reasons than Sophie (Anica Happich) and Moritz (Jan Bülow), spoiled children of wealthy parents. The couple has sex with a gun in their hand, lounges bored in a cool, elegant apartment with a view of the city, lets Berlinger and Rascher bounce off a wall of ice. A fish, on the other hand, is hot-blooded.
Rosa rebels against her overprotective, interfering father who sneaks behind her and also wants to be loved. Sophie and Moritz – police diagnosis: “affluent” – just need the kick. The super kick. What is a dead person there?
In a certain way, this crime scene is also looking for a kick and is cool – right down to the fingertips, right down to the well-sharpened, quick-witted dialogues. This is exciting. But that is sometimes too much of the pointed and exaggerated.
“Tatort: Blind Date”, ARD, Sun., 8:15 pm.