Archive for ‘The Killing’

April 18, 2011

The Killing: A Soundless Echo

He'll never quite make it to Mad Men.

SPOILER ALERT

So we knew the English teacher was going to be more involved. I don’t think he’s the killer. Sure I’m a little surprised to get the cliffhanger that the murdered Rosie Larsen might have been dating Bennet. But he was a little too omnipresent, a little too comforting in “The Cage” to be a bit player. Plus he was a sketch ball supreme with the favorite book nonsense to Rosie’s mom, Mitch (And he was slated for a jillion episodes on IMDb so I knew he wasn’t going to fizzle out). I also really liked how Linden and Holder came to the same conclusion in different ways. If you were paying close attention though, Holder’s way is actually Linden’s plan B. But that didn’t make the storytelling less effective. If they do try and set up a “who’s the better detective” situation though… Holder will fail.

This episode also proved the ubiquity of Alan Dale in the TV world. He is everywhere. He was first on “The OC”, then “Ugly Betty”, he popped up for a while on “Lost” and now he’s here! The man can choose a TV show. I don’t know if unique yours-truly approved projects seek him out or what, but he’s a welcome face on any show. He always brings the perfect amount of upper class charm. And he’s not only the local senator, but also Gwen’s father! It’s not really a twist at all, but it’s something I’m sure will be exploited soon.

My money is still on Jasper. There’s something off about him.

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April 11, 2011

“The Killing” – 3 Episode Madness

The "Every Hour Counts" line was a kind of throw away line in the pilot... Will it return as a theme?

When I look at the scores of shows I watch, I realize that they are all comedies. So I made a vow to watch all of the good dramas that came out this year (that weren’t procedurals). This makes it 2 for 2 when it comes to AMC. After The Walking Dead turned out to be a whole mix of interesting and surprising things episode to episode, I’m really excited about The Killing.

The premise is pretty simple. It follows the case of a 17-year-old girl named Rosie who was found murdered. This remake of a Danish hit series has everything a good cop show needs: it has a great grieving family, mischievous teens, a shady politician, and of course, two mismatched cops! As there have now been three episodes in 2 weeks, things are really starting to take off. There have been so many leads to the killer I can’t keep them all straight. However, the editors never let you forget what’s important – it’s the grief, the pain, the acceptance, and the guilt. 

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