The fans of "Nord bei Nordwest" had to wait almost a year for new episodes from the crime series. But right reunion may not arise at first. Because right in the first few minutes things really get going here.
Right at the beginning, two police officers are killed who are accompanying a prisoner transport to Stralsund. Four prisoners manage to escape and leave a bloody trail through Schwanitz - where they want to wait for the ferry. They kill an elderly man, and one of the escaped prisoners is seriously injured in the exchange of fire and urgently needs medical help.
Quite a bit of brutality for Thursday night. And things aren't getting any better anytime soon: since there's no medical doctor available at the moment, the crooks attack the nearest veterinary practice. And as is well known, in Schwanitz it is run by Jule Christiansen (Marleen Lohse).
The prisoners take their new intern hostage. The young girl is the niece of Commissioner Hannah Wagner (Jana Klinge) - and so both Hauke Jacobs (Hinnerk Schönemann) and his colleague are personally involved in this case.
At this point, just half an hour has passed. And in view of the drama, some viewers may ask themselves whether this is still the laughable thriller playing on the north German coast that they usually watched.
But in the course of the episode it becomes clear: Everything that the viewers like about "Nord bei Nordwest" is still there. The black humor ("I'll see you all at some point," the undertaker calls after the investigators), the idyllic landscape (also read: Where is Schwanitz anyway?) - and of course the always latently resonating love triangle between Hauke Jacobs , his colleague Hannah Wagner and the stuffy veterinarian.
The fans of the series have known for a long time who Jacobs' heart belongs to. But he rarely articulated his feelings as clearly as this time. Concerned about Christiansen, the inspector gives a brief insight into his inner life. "When she performs, everything becomes a little bit brighter," he says of Jule Christiansen.
That is then again so beautiful and romantic that as a viewer you quickly forget the bloodlust and after 90 minutes you are reconciled with the crime series.
The best part: "On the Run" was only the first of three new films. It's going on in a week. Let's see if Hauke Jacobs can then top his compliment.