BOB HART OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Saturday -

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

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