Crime scene: wishful thinking

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Episode of the series Tatort
Original title Wishful thinking
Country of production Switzerland
original language Swiss German
length 89 minutes
classification Episode 806 ( List )
First broadcast August 14, 2011 on SF 1 , Das Erste , ORF 2
Director Markus Imboden
script Nils-Morten Osburg
production Stefan Gubser ,
Hans G. Syz
music Bachmann courtship
camera Rainer Klausmann
cut Ursula Höf

Wishful thinking is an episode of the crime series Tatort from 2011. The film was produced by Swiss television under the direction of Markus Imboden and is the first episode in over ten years in which a Swiss team of investigators is conducting the investigations.


Reto Flückiger appears at the police in Lucerne , where he is to take over the management of the “Life and Life” department in a month. Before starting the new job, Flückiger was involved in the investigation into a body found. Together with the American exchange police officer Abby Lanning, he first investigates the discovery of a dead person in the Reuss . His new colleague immediately shows her skills and discovers from a tattoo that the deceased is a former prisoner.

Shortly thereafter, Flückiger was used in another case: the aspiring local politician Pascal Kreuzer was kidnapped shortly before the elections and a “blackmail DVD” was sent to the politician's wife. Flückiger is to lead the operation as part of the money handover, which is to take place on the same day at the train station. Flückiger instructs Abby Lanning to stay close to Natalie Kreuzer as an observer and takes over the management of the task force herself. The police are preparing for the planned handover of the money, but although all the required conditions have been met, the handover fails. Nobody appears and after an hour and a half Flückiger breaks off the action without success.

There are no more ransom demands in the next few days, which leaves the police at a loss. Flückiger thinks it is possible that the kidnapping has political reasons. As a politician, Kreuzer had many enemies, especially with Josef Ebnöter. However, he is sitting in a wheelchair, but he has a strong companion. Flückiger finds evidence that Ebnöter had his opponent monitored by a detective, which he admits when asked and also gives him the name of the detective: Mathias Wagner. Flückiger asks him and learns something about Kreuzer's past. For several years he was the head of the Wauwilermoos prison.

In the meantime, Abby Lanning continues to take care of the water corpse. She finds out that the victim is Anton Widmer, who was often imprisoned in Wauwilermoos prison. He was last seen alive in a bar with a woman.

Both cases may be related. If Widmer kidnapped cruisers, it would explain why no one picked up the ransom. Forensic science can prove that Kreuzer was transported in Widmer's car and turns on the media to find the kidnapper, who otherwise waits in vain for a release. Flückiger suspects that the kidnapping may have been staged by Kreuzer himself, because the press reports mean that the politician's sympathy ratings are rising rapidly, which greatly increases his chances of winning the election.

The investigators find a lead to a house rented by Widmer. When they look around there, they discover the body of Kreuzer. The body is tied to a chair with tape and battered. According to the forensic medicine examination, he died of his injuries days ago and was no longer alive when the money was handed over. The traces in the house point to a "love nest" and Flückiger succeeds in locating Kreuzer's lover. She testifies that Kreuzer told her that he would go away for a while and that he would win the elections when he returned. After that everything would be fine.

A fingerprint on the tape, which cannot be assigned to Widmer, leads the investigators to Radul Pankovic, a previously convicted violent criminal. According to the registration office, he lives with Margrit Scherrer, who can be identified as the woman with whom Widmer was last seen. When Flückiger and Lanning try to catch the two, a gun battle breaks out. Scherrer and Pankovic are fatally hit.

Since the detective had told Flückiger that Kreuzer had no mistress, it is clear to him that he lied to him. So he confronts Mathias Wagner, who admits that he had also acted on behalf of Natalie Kreuzer. When she found out that her husband wanted to leave her for a younger girl, she would have paid him a large sum to take care of the problem for her. During his observations he discovered Kreuzer's plan for the kidnapping, which he would have exploited for his goals with the help of two accomplices.


The film wishful thinking represents the return of Swiss television to the Tatort co-production after more than ten years of absenteeism. The main actor, Detective Reto Flückiger (Stefan Gubser), is already known from several Tatort episodes from Constance, where he and the local investigative team Blum / Perlmann solved cross-border cases. At the time, Flückiger worked for the Thurgau Maritime Police , but was transferred to the Lucerne Police Department in 2010, where the other films are now playing.

Originally the first broadcast should take place in the spring of 2011, but due to qualitative deficiencies the film was withdrawn from the SF and revised again. and first aired on August 14, 2011. In the course of the debate about the justification for the withdrawal due to qualitative deficiencies, the SF was accused of actually having withdrawn the program because of politically explosive allusions to the Swiss People's Party (SVP).



The reviews of wishful thinking were mostly mixed to negative.

"In the" Tatort "episode" Wishful Thinking ", Lucerne newbies Flückinger and Lanning slide into a case that leads them into the city's local politics. […] Such is the criminalistic mix (book: Nils-Morten Osburg) - from which, unfortunately, almost no tension arises in the course of the film. All the figures remain out of focus, and they sometimes act like sleepwalkers, the allusions to the real political scene are vague. [...] Perhaps it is precisely this "being lost", this confusion of ambitions, idioms and ideas, that is the real cause of the crime's failure. One way or another, the Swiss screwed up the start of the "Tatort" network. Grüezi, sadness! "

"This" crime scene "has also been improved and weak. "Wishful thinking" was initially not accepted. In addition to a sex scene, the many clichés and US guest star Sofia Milos ('CSI Miami') were complained about. The sex scene could be cut away almost entirely. Minimize the presence of the wrong person. But the script didn't cut nicely. The plot of this over-constructed crime thriller gets bogged down in small pieces. A "crime scene" like from the distant past. Small consolation: Stefan Gubser is a good guy! "

- Rainer Tittelbach :

“All in all, the first case leaves an ambivalent impression: The film captivates with great locations, gorgeous landscape shots and cool architecture. It is fast-paced and offers action like in a Hollywood film, on the other hand the dialogues are often slow and the tempo is always lost. Perhaps this is all typically Switzerland: the clocks in the Alpine republic do not tick any slower, but simply different.

- Carsten Heidböhmer :

Audience ratings

The first broadcast on August 14, 2011 was seen by a total of 6.80 million viewers in Germany and achieved a market share of 21.1% for Das Erste ; 1.95 million viewers and a market share of 15.4% were achieved in the group of 14 to 49 year old viewers .

In Switzerland , the first broadcast of wishful thinking in SF achieved 723,000 viewers and a market share of 39.7%.

A market share of 23 percent was achieved in Austria.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. SF withdraws the first Swiss «Tatort» . February 13, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  2. Politicians accuse SF of lies and censorship , , accessed on August 15, 2011.
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  4. “Tatort - Wishful Thinking” series , accessed on August 14, 2011.
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  8. Audience rating in Austria at