Galileo 2 or ガリレオ (第2期) (2013) episodes 5 and 6
In Galileo 2 or ガリレオ (第2期) (2013), episode 5 takes us in the difficult and enigmatic world of twins. We’re shown twin sisters both engaged in the activity of cooking. One has the television on. The other has a live feed from her husband’s business consultancy seminar. They both hear a noise from outside. One goes into her garden and finds the wind has blown over and broken a plant pot. The other goes into the street but sees nothing suspicious. While she is out, a man breaks into her house. When she comes back in, he hits her on the head with a hammer. Two-hundred kilometers away, the other twin has a terrible pain in her head. She calls her brother-in-law’s assistant and begs him to go round to her sister’s home. When the husband and assistant arrive, they found the sister seriously injured and in a coma.
This is great fun because Misa Kishitani (Yuriko Yoshitaka), our detective, now goes all out to get Manabu Yukawa (Masaharu Fukuyama) aka Galileo interested. She wheels sets of twins into the lab to demonstrate a telepathic link or something approximating it. Naturally, while admiring her enthusiasm, the professor is dismissing everything he sees and hears as coincidence and not reliable evidence. Nevertheless he does become energised when the detective says the twin now claims she saw the face of the man who attacked her twin sister. This might be a claim that can be scientifically verified. He first asks the twin if she can draw the face. The result is amusingly childlike. There’s a complete lack of artistic flair on display. It’s a shame no police sketch artist is tried. Nevertheless, the professor engages the husband to find photographs of everyone in their joint lives. When shown these pictures in the hospital room where the twin is lying in a coma, the sister cannot recognise any one as the attacker. But one picture falls off the wall triggering the now traditional flood of scientific writing. As a result, the professor brings the twin sister and her brother-in-law to a lab where he explains a fairly massive piece of equipment as a very sensitive machine to measure brain activity. When the results are inconclusive, he proposes stepping up to the ultimate machine which results in the solution of the case. This is fortuitous because the reputation of our lady detective is slowly going down the toilet as her colleagues now consider her too interested in occult and otherwise supernatural cases. Being able to arrest and charge actual human suspects does help keep her in employment.
Episode 6 is a locked room mystery. After meeting online, five women decide to go on a short hiking holiday. They book rooms in a hotel close to a bridge over a deep gorge. The detective is the first to arrive, closely followed by one of the two physicists who work together. This scientist says she’s tired and immediately goes to her bedroom. Later, after the other three women have arrived, her colleague knocks on the door and is seen to try opening it but it is locked. When it comes to the time for eating, her colleague and the detective take a torch and go outside to try her window. But when her colleague shines the torch on the window, the detective can clearly see the window is locked. There’s no reply when they knock on the glass. The following morning, the woman is found dead at the bottom of the gorge. The local police have this down as a suicide but our detective knows just enough science to have caught our the scientist colleague in a lie. This may be a trivial lie, but it makes her suspect the possibility of murder. But since she can’t work out how it could have been done, this means calling in Galileo. Somewhat hilariously, he proves the detectives theory is complete impractical. It’s physically impossible. When Galileo and the detective confront the scientist, she freely admits the lie and has an explanation for it. Since this seems to solve all the problems for Galileo, he leaves our detective chewing on the facts. In the end, she decides to pursue the case despite being warned off by her boss.
The precise answer to the problem depends on the scientific work the scientist was doing. It provides the mechanism to make the locked room puzzle complete. It’s not something I would ever have thought of but, now I know, it a modern scientific version of a very old stage trick. It’s impressive to apply such a mechanism in this case. I thought the resolution too easy. Where the explanation for how the crime was committed is completely without evidence in support, you do not expect the accused to literally break down and confess. Although an explanation for this is supplied, I don’t think it very convincing. Nevertheless, this is a novel variation on the locked room mystery and worth watching.
For other work based on Keigo Higashino’s writing, see:
11 Moji no Satsujin or 11文字の殺人 (2011)
Broken or The Hovering Blade or Banghwanghaneun Kalnal or 방황하는 칼날 (2014)
Bunshin or 分身 (2012)
Galileo or Garireo or ガリレオ
Galileo 2 or ガリレオ (第2期) (2013) episodes 1 and 2
Galileo 2 or ガリレオ (第2期) (2013) episodes 3 and 4
Galileo 2 or ガリレオ (第2期) (2013) episodes 7, 8 and 9
Galileo 2 or ガリレオ (第2期) (2013) episodes 10 and 11
Galileo: The Sacrifice of Suspect X or Yôgisha X no kenshin (2008)
Midsummer Formula or Manatsu no Houteishiki or 真夏の方程式 (2013)
The Murder in Kairotei or Kairoutei Satsujin Jiken or 回廊亭殺人事件 (2011)
Naniwa Junior Detectives or Naniwa Shonen Tanteida or 浪花少年探偵団 (2012) episodes 1 to 4
Naniwa Junior Detectives or Naniwa Shonen Tanteida or 浪花少年探偵団 (2012) episodes 5 to 8
Naniwa Junior Detectives or Naniwa Shonen Tanteida or 浪花少年探偵団 (2012) episodes 9 to 12
Platinum Data or プラチナデータ (2013)
Thursday Theatre Keigo Higashino Mystery or 東野圭吾ミステリーズ (2012) episodes 1 to 5
Thursday Theatre Keigo Higashino Mystery or 東野圭吾ミステリーズ (2012) episodes 6 to 11
White Night or Baekyahaeng or 백야행 : 하얀 어둠 속을 걷다 (2009)
The Wings of the Kirin or Kirin no Tsubasa: Gekijoban Shinzanmono or 麒麟の翼 ～劇場版・新参者～ (2012)
For a Galileo novel, see Salvation of a Saint.