BOB HART OUT OF THE BOX
THE questions are these: has Detective Zane Malik totally lost the plot? Can his relationship with Detective Neil Travis become, at a pinch, even more toxic?
Malik, once a reasonable man, is unravelling at a cracking pace since he and his saintly wife suffered the tragedy of losing their son in a needless car accident.
Now he is having these dreams, unfathomable ones, involving a black-faced sheep, a black flag and a warrior shrouded in black. Oh, and lots of sand. Spooky.
So now Malik likes nobody very much, least of all Travis, and is driving and behaving in a highly erratic manner. How long can Supt Patricia Wright (Susie Porter) stand for this nonsense? Why should she stand for it at all? Cuff him, Pat.
Tonight there is a telling moment when Malik shows the trigger-happy Travis how arrests can be made without actually offing the suspect — something that must have come as a revelation to the meatheaded, randy, ex-army thug, and possibly to Malik as well.
However, we did not see anything mystical going on behind Travis’s eyes at the time. But is something in the wind? Is the man actually a fun-lovin’ pussycat whose tail, inadvertently, was stepped upon in Iraq? Can an epiphany be far away? Surely not.
This is a strong episode, yet again, in which the formidable body count continues, and poor old Malik responds to joyful news from his wife, still saintly, in a churlish manner.
Also tonight, the old Israeli tensions, and the continuing Jewish-Muslim conflict, are invited into the action. Are those ancient hatreds now claiming lives on the streets of Sydney?
And when it comes to toxicity, can anything, anyway, compare with the differences that fester between religious fundamentalists?
Can a TV series, even one on SBS, really be expected to solve the unsolvable? East West 101 SBS One, 8.30pm
Handcuffs: Susie Porter