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Leonard Lansink as Wilsberg, a book dealer and private investigator. © Georg Wendt/dpa

A patient spreads lies about his doctor online. And Ekki is disowned as a bully, even though he was the victim. Incitement and false statements drive investigators Wilsberg and his friends.

Münster: the pictures can lie. Wilsberg’s best friend, Ekki (Oliver Korittke), has to live this painful experience right at the beginning of this episode of the Münster crime thriller “Wilsberg” (Wednesday, 8:15 pm, ZDFneo) dealing with cyberbullying, incitement to online hate and fake news. .

He was joking with the antiquarian book dealer and private investigator (Leonard Lansink) at the weekly market over a banquet of caviar and champagne when the tax official was violently attacked by a man who found himself bankrupt by the tax authorities. A fight ensues, in front of the cell phones of bystanders. A video that gives the impression that Ekki, who only fights, is a violent mob against the weak in society, is spreading wildly on the Internet.

Evil lurks on the internet

The incident catapults private detective Wilsberg into a case rife with smears and campaigns in the episode “Alles Lüge” (2020). The victims are those with good intentions. Evil, on the other hand, lurks on the Internet, where a portal sells conspiracy ideas and clumsy inventions as supposed truths. After the lie, it is jealousy that plays a big role in this rather simple criminal plot.

The portal’s lie campaign also targets Dr. Britta Lüders (Brigitte Zeh), a doctor with assistant syndrome who allows homeless people to live with her and wants to help addicts get out of addiction. Apparently one of her former patients has now turned against her. With stories of fiction and spite, she launched a campaign against the doctor online that seems to have become a sure hit. Wilsberg doesn’t take long to ask the pretty and friendly doctor for help. But when she wants to confront the man, he lies dead on his desk.

Wilsberg, in his search for a murderer and the truth, encounters a number of suspects: There’s the hot-tempered drifter Paul Schlächter, who can’t stand bad things being said about the doctor he admires. But there is also the sleazy initiator of the pseudo-disclosure portal Beiderbeke (Andreas Pietschmann). And his two employees, one just stupid and the other smart, have something to hide? And who pulls the strings?

The topic of hate on the Internet has potential. But the creators of “Wilsberg” remain on the surface and sketch the mechanisms as if they were templates. For example, it is quite unbelievable that every time the characters make a mistake, they are ambushed by a horde of bystanders filming videos with their cell phones, who immediately pass their footage into the hands of “Beiderbeke News.”

You can rely on the entertainment value of the popular characters: As usual, police officer Overbeck (Roland Jankowsky) makes a fool of himself, this time in front of the entire World Wide Web. In a mix of disappointed cop and angry citizen, he plays the influencer “Ovinator” and gets drunk on the likes and clicks. dpa

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