Step 21

Fellow expatriate Adam Fletcher wrote a blog-post-turned-book on “How to be German in 50 easy steps”, which inspired this post.

Step 21 in Fletcher’s book is entitled “Watch Tatort”. I was eager to see what a religiously watched German detective show airing since the 1970s would be like.

So, last Sunday, I watched Tatort. This particular episode was shot in Münster, which provided for a wonderful backdrop. As for the content – it was dark, dramatic, action packed at times, and easy to follow.

The attractive part about this particular episode was the premise – a dead Chinese princess/artist who was known to deliver abstract art exposing the hidden truths of the Chinese political system. Now, I found that premise incredibly stimulating because it reminded me of a similar great revolutionary artist – Ai Weiwei.  Someone has done their homework on this show…

After spending 90 minutes watching, I think the show is quite cute, and I’ve developed an intriguement surrounding the forensic specialist by the name of Professor Boerne. Step 21, check!

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 Ai Weiwei (pictured) vs. Tatort interpretation (linked)


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