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Kottan ermittelt - Der Kaiser schickt Soldaten aus

episode 18

Austria 1983
produced by
Wolfgang Ainberger (executive) for Satel/ORF, ZDF
directed by Peter Patzak
starring Lukas Resetarits, Walter Davy, Curt A. Tichy, Kurt Weinzierl, Bibiane Zeller, Ernst Konarek, Franz Suhrada, Eva Kerbler, Franz Buchrieser, Rudolf Knor, Gusti Wolf, Hans Pemmer, Eddi Arent, Thomas Schühly, Judith Archer, Günther Panak, Michaela Mock, Elisabeth Fez, Anton Dworak, András Gönczöl, Reinhard Reiner, Chris Lohner
written by Helmut Zenker

TV series
Kottan ermittelt, Kottan (Lukas Resetarits), Maigret (cameo), Father Brown (cameo)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Having lost his job at the police, Kottan (Lukas Resetarits) takes up employ with private investigator Zoderer (former Kottan Franz Buchrieser, who has a picture of the other former Kottan Peter Vogl hanging in his office), who's specialized in employing retired star investigators, including Maigret and Father Brown. Kottan's first job is to observe Gretschi (Thomas Schühly), an accountant whom his wife suspects on cheating on her. Kottan follows Gretschi around until he finds him dead, murdered, and his arch enemy, crime kingpin Wasservogel Junior (Hans Pemmer), fleeing from the scene. President of police Pilch (Kurt Weinzierl) is very eager to pin the murder on Kottan, but fails to find evidence and ultimately comes to the same conclusion as Kottan that Wasservogel Junior must be the killer. But knowing it is one thing, arresting Wasservogel Junior is quite another.

Having been fired from his day-old job, having already been replaced at the police (by krimi veteran Eddie Arent) and having been thrown out of his apartment (last episode), Kottan decides it's not worth living anymore and thus frees his old arch nemesis Horrak (Ernst Konarek) from jail with the express request to murder him - but in a way that Kottan doesn't see it coming. But now that Kottan has put himself on a kill list, Horrak doesn't want to do the job anymore. But Wasservogel Junior tries to kill Kottan again and again - and flat-out fails everytime. Meanwhile Pilch has fun out of ideas of how to arrest Wasservogel Junior, so he promises Kottan his old job back if he manages to capture him - which Kottan succeeds in easily ...

 

Now having both Franz Buchrieser and Eddi Arent, a fixture of German krimi cinema since the Edgar Wallace movies of the 1960s, in the cast is of course a stroke of genius - and it's too bad both are underused then in favour of the same old faces that are in episode after episode. And this episode really isn't one of the better ones as it once again cannot decide what storyline to follow, and thus its central murder case takes second seat behind the same old shenanigans of Pilch going ever more insane, Schrammel (Curt A. Tichy) messing things up, Schremser (Walter Davy) shaking his head in disbelief, and of course there are subplots involving Kottan's wife (Bibiane Zeller), mother (Gusti Wolf) and prostitute ex-girlfriend (Eva Kerbler) as well as lip-synched musical interludes of well-hung popular music. One of course has to give the episode (and series) some extra points for its anarchistic approach, but more coherent writing certainly could have helped here.

 

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