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The Killing Season 3 Premiere Review: A Solid Rebooting

The Killing S03E01 & S03E02: "The Jungle" & "That You Fear Most"

Let's just get this out in the open now: I like The Killing. Yes, it's had its share of problems—particularly near the end of Season 1, and the Season 2 finale was a bit of a mess—but I think the larger backlash against the show was driven by comparisons to its source material, Forbrydelsen (which I have not seen), and a disconnect between expectations created by marketing ("Who Killed Rosie Larsen?") and what the show wanted to be about.

I say this because I never felt like The Killing was all that concerned with who killed Rosie, and that was generally fine with me. In terms of genre satisfaction, yes, it was going to have to reveal the killer sooner or later, but for me, Rosie's murder wasn't a question of "Who?" and "Why?" but one of "What's its effect?" That's why we spent so much time with the grieving Larsens, saw how the case threw lots of wrenches into the Richmond campaign, and, most importantly, stood witness as it drove Linden to a(nother) breaking point.

Certain plot points never really worked—ugh, that terrorism subplot/red herring in Season 1—and perhaps the show was overly ambitious in its desire to offer a wide-ranging look at the ripple effects of a young girl's murder. The show was at its best when it centered on Linden and Holder ("Missing" from Season 1 continues to be a series highlight). Mismatched buddy cops are trope, but Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman were just so dynamic and complementary to one another's characters that even when the show around them wasn't always clicking, they were... and they kept the show afloat as a result.

When Season 2 first ended, I had a couple of thoughts about what a possible third season might be. My immediate thought was that The Killing would take on a new case in a new city, with a new set of cops—then it'd become sort of a police procedural anthology series, as it were. My other idea was a prequel series that explored the case Linden was obsessed with before the Larsen murder. Season 3 is somewhat of riff on the second idea, but it's more of a sequel instead.

Already, after just two episodes, this season feels a bit more streamlined than Season 1, operating more in the vein of Season 2, with a stronger emphasis on the series' police procedural aspect. It helps that the season's non-police elements still feed into the main story in clear ways (for now, at least). While both the Larsen family and the Richmond campaign were connected to the murder of Rosie in Seasons 1 and 2, they often felt like parts of different shows all stitched together, with sometimes ugly seams.

Season 3 appears primed to avoid that problem, as its primary plot points—Holder's investigation into a string of murders of teenage girls (why'd it have to be teenage girls?), Ray Seward (an already fantastic Peter Sarsgaard) on death row, and the homeless youths of Seattle—are all better connected than the earlier seasons' arcs. They may not all be equal in terms of quality or interest—the homeless kids will likely be the most difficult aspect to get right—but at least the two-episode premiere provided a sense of what to expect this season.

The Killing was always going to have make a contrivance to pull Linden back into the show after the way Season 2 ended, but the confluence of Seward's impending execution and the homeless girl being murdered in the same fashion as Seward's wife was easily the best and most motivated way to do that. It's something that Linden would react to, something that would bring her out of her new life as a ferry worker to return to what she'd left behind. Her rattling-off of responses to to the case file that Holder "forgot" demonstrated just how deeply ingrained her investigative mentality is, and how little it takes to get it going again. In much the same way that it feels like The Killing is rebooting itself, Linden is also being rebooted, for better or for worse.

These first two episodes were mostly set up, and that's fine. They not only needed to show Linden getting back into detective work, but to illustrate her influence on Holder as a cop, establish Seward and his life in the cell, and lay the groundwork for the lives of the Bullet, Kallie, Lyric, and Twitch (these names!). I'm glad that they aired as pair, though, as "The Jungle" was a touch underwhelming due to all the ground it had to cover; "That You Fear Most" had a bit more going for it, including Linden's visit to the lake at the end of the episode, and the wonderful echo of the last time she was forced to visit the place.



RAIN-SPLATTERED NOTES

 I almost didn't recognize Gregg Henry as Holder's layabout partner, Carl. He's clearly having a ball with the character, but it's telling that I had an easier time identifying him as a washed-up surfer dude on Bunheads. I think the lack of hair and the stooped posture made all the difference.

– "Serenity. Sounds like a stripper's name." I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, SHOW.

– The Killing continues to hire old Battlestar Galactica hands with Aaron Douglas as one of Seward's guards. 

– Music choice for the review writing? The music of Philip Glass.


What'd you think of the return of The Killing?

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I think this is a vast improvement over last season. I also liked the series and the two leads and the overall character development in the first two season, but thought the series suffered as it adhered so doggedly to the one day at a time plot development. The frequent red herrings and cliffhangers, especially the one that ended Season 1, were irritating and unnecessary; but there was still much to like.The performances and the cinematography have been outstanding from the beginning. Looking at a crime in terms of its effects remains an interesting approach. It feels less forced, this season, than it did for the first two. I also think that Peter Sarsgaard is terrific as is Bex Taylor-Klaus as Bullet. I'm glad AMC decided to take another shot at getting it right.
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Season 3 is not even close to the first 2 seasons the great characters from last year made the series, you cared about them, the new characters this year are horrible unlikable characters. I made it half way through the second episode but the acting and characters turned me off big time.
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Disappointed big time. Fan of the Danish, impressed by the US remake of first Danish. But this third season is a boring procedural police plod in the rain. Where is the multilayer plot, the political angles, the wider context. Not happy.
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Not that I pay that much attention to the behind-the-scences names, but what is up with having a different writer and director for every single episode? Is this some kind of try-out? Who does the best writing/directing? It kind of makes me want to go back through and take notes: Who writes in the most rain? That certainly makes for a gloomy mood and as for the tourism effects of shooting a show in your city, it makes me never want to go to Seattle. I already have noticed less rain, and that is definitely a plus, but still. Does the sun ever shine on this place? Why in the world would run-aways not start making their way to better climates? Certainly they could hitch a ride with some perverted truck driver or one who just needs some company. Perhaps this is too much of a rant, but to sum it all up, besides the climate, I love the show and am glad to see it return, especially with a little better weather forecast and some improvements in the lives of our characters. I just don't know how I will feel if we come to the end of the season and I have to wait a year to find out who dunnit.
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Most TV series do this. There's always a team of writers and a team of directors. Some shows have actors and even producers direct episodes. Jon Hamm and John Slattery have directed episodes of Mad Men. Stephen Moyer has directed episodes of True Blood. Bryan Cranston has directed episodes of Breaking Bad. Martin Scorcese produces Boardwalk Empire and directed the premiere episode. The list is endless.
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I enjoyed it. It looks like an interesting case, and I agree that the way they got Linden back was great.

On the minus side, the main characters are still boring. Actually, Linden wasn't boring in this episode, because she was doing some young boy toy, and that sort of turned her into an actual character. (I also liked how Holder teased her about it). But they ended that quickly, so that she could go back to her normal boring self. I'm also a bit concerned that they're going to keep overusing the trick of slowing things down so that they can have a big reveal at the end of each episode.
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Me like it. Peter Saarsgard, Gregg Henry, Enos and of course, Joel Kinnaman are great!
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Episodes 1-2 were so awesome that cannot wait to see the next one. Well done, The Killing!!!
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People may find this weird but i actually enjoyed the killing new episodes more than i did with Game of thrones last episode. Of course, as a whole game of thrones is vastly superior but i was completely absorbed by this new case and wondering what the hell is going with the guy in prison. It started out really well basically, while of course i still don't care about lindel personal life. She's always a complete bore when the story shift into that but I've always loved holder no matter the situation.
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I was so looking forward to The Killing after I heard it had been un-cancelled... So I was a tiny bit underwhelmed by the premiere... I did enjoy Linden, Holder and Carl (I loved 'Carl' in Hung) as always... The present case and how it may connect to Linden's case is obviously intriguing with Seward being the most enigmatic character being very very dislikable whilst at the same time appearing to perhaps be innocent of the actual murder? Indeed amazing acting, please prepare to give this guy an Emmy if there is justice in this world...

I did not particularly like the choice of the homeless girls playing tricks, barely teens as the victims of the killer. And not just the killer, the pimps are pretty awful and even the pastor looks creepy (I hope they do not go for the obvious pastor is also involved in some prostitution ring or in some kinky stuff). There was too much of it and it felt exploitative - sure this may reflect a social reality but did we have to get that much detail? Esp the final rape scene? Also both the writing and the acting were pretty weak when the teens were on screen IMO...
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Totally agree that the teen's lingo was forced and embarrassing. Bullet overacted every scene. I'm giving them a chance though. Maybe she'll get more comfortable in her character and become more natural. Do the streets still use "popo?" I thought that went out with Big Momma's House. I love the chemistry between Linden and Holder.

This episode is more in the line of Silence of the Lambs. I hope I can stomach it.
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Love where and how this show is filmed. I also really like the pacing and of course Linden and Holder together make for great Television. I just hope they scale back on the "twists" and keep things a little more simple. My only issue was that Mireille Enos didn't really pull off the whole playful giggling sex thing very well. Seemed way out of character and over the top.
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The Killing season 3 is a DUD!! who did the castings for this debacle? not one character I cared about, I feel as though I need a shower after watching this, for me the killing was of a good franchise I can't get interested in this.
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I didn't hate the first two seasons, but I didn't love them either. I think the show will continue to be in that middle area, but I'm going to continue watching. These first two episodes worked pretty well -- the homeless kids bugged me a bit, though -- and I can see this case being more interesting than the Rosie Larson case.
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Because of you AMC un-canceling this interesting show. I was able to observe a few things... 1- Holder looks healthy after he laid off the crack and ate some cheeseburgers. 2- It took me about half a season to adjust to everyone not smiling. I'm good now... so keep up the writing, pace and frowns. I'm three seasons in, I can handle it now.

Something just told me to stick around... because I was tired of watching 52 min easy bake oven - murder mysteries on CSI type shows. I wasn't that annoyed that they didn't find Rosie's killer by season 1 end... it had only been a few weeks from season start to end... it isn't going to take 48 to 52 mins (looking at you too NCIS). I went into this show knowing that this wasn't a quick fix. Though it was a bit sloppy towards the end of season 2. Watching these first two episodes.. Lindens past looks very scary. Super creepy. And a very busy *possibly frame* worthy killer. I'm in.
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This season probably won't focus on the families of those murdered, but I still think the season will also be filled with sadness. Linden's life has always been chaotic, lonely and sad. The homeless kids already have such miserable parents and terrible lives and now they are being hunted, raped and murdered as though their lives weren't already horrible enough, and if it were not for Holder and Linden, their murders would not even be investigated because no one seems to care about most of them (not even Holder's new partner).
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Looks pretty doom and gloom indeed - I hope they do not make it too much because it can be off-putting if it is just an hour of misery with hardly any light moments (I think only Holder and Carl provided some with their banter about food and stuff)
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Please don't ruin my show. The gloom is what makes the show work. The fact that it's Seattle, nature, the rain, the fog,the grunge and the suicide rate is what makes the show work. if you want to see happy faces go watch CSI. And please stay away from too much sex drama. I don't care about who is having sex with whom. I love Linden, the calloused look of someone whose lived a very difficult life and Holder reminds me of Jesse Pinkman from "Breaking Bad". The show is awesome. I love that they don't spoon feed the plot like every other show out there. I'm really excited that this didn't get cancelled.
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I'm afraid this 3rd season won't have the same emotional impact the first 2 had. I remember how devastated I've been after the first few episodes of season 1. It was a real emotional roller coaster. I barely remember who killed Rosie, and I couldn't care less. Focusing on the procedural part of the show might not be a good idea. This set up has a huge emotional potential it could exploit... We'll see.
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I'm so glad that Linden and Holden came back from the land of cancellation. I missed Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman. The new season looks very promising.

How many dead bodies did Linden find at the end of the episode? I counted six. I assume each pile of red rags was one.

It was great to see Jewel Staite again even for a minute.

Kudos for keeping the opening music.

Thanks for review, Noel!
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I counted at least 14.
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around 15 at least
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This duo has some awesome chemistry and I'm glad to see Holder in a suit ^^
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I liked the show enough to be glad for its return. Although, I hope this season will be a bit more dynamic than the last two.
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I thought the last season was awesome... I was swaying a bit on how slow things were moving in the finale and kept wondering why are they SO focused on the Larsen's. Then it turned out her own aunt was the one that killed her. I was not expecting that or how she did it...it took me a minute to even register that what she did when she put the car in the water. She was trying to save a non-relationship with a total A-hole and killed a girl. If that isn't bad enough, to find out "the girl" was her own niece. Whhhhaaat! Yeah, that's right you selfish incomprehensible idiot. You killed your own niece. How many women are holding on to married men that have no intention of leaving their wives (non-relationship). They already don't have a conscience. At least she felt bad about killing Rosey. Ooopsy.

Then everything made sense and I congratulated the writers. Well-played.
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Riveting, exciting - one of the best crime shows I have ever seen. Some structural flaws, but the pairing of Holder and Linden is awesome. Love the contrast of the dark Seattle landscape with the pink in the lake at the end of the second episode. The atmospheric scenes add to the show's mood.

Enjoyed Season 1 and 2 - but yes, they should have revealed Rosie's killer in the first one. Can't wait for the next episode. Wondering what the head of the homeless shelter has to do with the disappearances?
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YES! An artistic eye. I had to look up Ephesians 1:7. It would be too easy to think that the head of the homeless shelter is involved....but it will be interesting to watch how investigators get taken in by so many leads only to circle right back to the guy they originally thought would be involved. I didn't miss that Holder noticed the tattoo and that it would have an impact.
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As someone who never watched the first two seasons of The Killing, I went into this as though it was the first episode of a brand new show and I loved it. It's dark, mysterious and interesting. I'm excited for next week. I'm still debating on whether to watch the first two seasons, especially after the backlash the show received.
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I think it's worth watching. The story is good, as are the twists. Hope you didn't read any spoilers because if you know the end I'm not sure how good it will be. The good thing is you would not have to wait a year between seasons to get the end, and that is the worst part of what happened in this show. I did not learn of the show until the end of season 2, so I watched the two seasons back-to-back and didn't have that long waiting period between seasons. You have a real advantage in that regard. Really the worst part to me was that I got soooo tired of seeing some of the characters, particularly those associated with the campaign. I did not develop this weariness for those characters until season 2, especially when the pity party began. I don't want to give any spoilers in case you decide to watch it, but I'm sure you'll know what I mean. I just couldn't understand why we kept having to watch these characters. In the end, it all made sense. Hope you decide to watch. You won't be sorry.
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Definitely catch the first two seasons if you can. Much of the Holder-Linden dynamic would be missed otherwise (I think). A lot of the backlash was overly vicious and not always justified (though the choice of extending the same murder mystery over 2 seasons was dumb) - It is not a procedural so you do need to watch the whole two seasons for resolution but now they are both available
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Totally agree with you ludoTV.
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Thanks, I'll check them out
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It got backlash from people who like their cop shows to catch the bad guy within an hour. Spoiler: They did not find the bad guy within the first hour.
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Eh, for me the backlash was against the stupid marketing. If they hadn't promised closure in the week or so of ads before the finale, then I wouldn't have expected it. Whoever came up with that brilliant idea or didn't clear it hopefully was demoted.
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Scenes between Holder and Linden are superb.
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I liked it. I was expecting other victim, not teenager girls again, but... well, with three related cases it surely will keep us entertained (The killing of the teenage girl, Ashley; the disappearance of the other girl and the case of the death row guy). I think Peter Saarsgard was a brilliant addition, he made his character really scary and evil. I wonder if he was always like that or if he became a sociopath after entering jail. His plot is, in my opinion, a lot more interesting that the politic one in the previous seasons.

What I see lacking is a little bit of information about who is the dead girl, so we can care about her as much as we did with Rosie Larsen. I imagine we will have time to "meet" her in next episodes or maybe the central case will be the disappearance of the redhead girl? (Presumably dead) We know already a little bit about her life. (Horrible mother!)
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I effing loved it and thank the universe for it's excellence. Kinnaman is a Swedish actor and is really doing a good job. I didn't even doze off or fast forward even a second. 10 out of 10.
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I didn't watch the Danish original and I am not going to. I liked the first two seasons of The Killing and I wasn't pissed off because of taking 2 seasons to find the killer. I thought it was a weird idea, though. But didn't mind it. I had to come to read (back then) the reviews and comments here to realize that so many people where pissed about it - so surprising to me! What I saw in The Killing was a show with a unique atmosphere that kept me watching every episode for their whole lenght (as usually I do some other thing at the same time that episodes are running). Loved the slower intense pace and thought the dramatic aspects were quite well inserted in the whole picture. Linden is a great character that almost doesn't speak and communication out of her has to come in other ways. Holder had his own way of reading the world around him. I liked him better in his prior clothes LOL - the suit doesn't "suit" him that well!
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I know right! Sometimes it takes two Seasons to solve a case. The pace of the show is perfect. It feels like we are investigating right along side the detectives. Piecing together what little evidence we get...leads that lead no where only to have to start from square one. Just brilliant writing and a brilliant show.
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I never understood the criticism of not solving the case after season 1... Season 2 was amazing and it wouldn't have been if season 1 was where the case was solved. I don't think people appreciate real character development and a well thought drawn out story. After watching seasons 1 and 2, if they ended after season 1... It would have been awful. The only option would have been the mayor as the killer and where season two took it was much smarter than that. As far as season 3 goes. I loved it so far. I loved everything about it. While the comment left that Linden should have been arrested 20 times during seasons 1 and 2 is technically correct (she did do actions of a corrupt cop), it's not necessarily reality. Corruption is one of the biggest problems world wide and doesn't get solved. Politicians are corrupt for years and go 20 years commiting crimes. There was a documentary about corrupt cops in New York who went about 10 years commiting crimes before they got caught. And it's estimated they committed over a hundred crimes.
The point I'm trying to make with this, is we need to start accepting the world that these shows create for us, and stop thinking we know that much about our own... We don't. But love everyone's comments, keep it up.
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I wasn't going to watch. I ended up watching. Nowadays, I can tell if I enjoy things based on how much I fast forward through it. I didn't do it at all on these two episodes. So overall, very enjoyable.
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I did have to fast forward through the dead and dying cow scenes. I didn't understand the relevance of that except to think later that those were the barns Aiden drew in his last drawing that were missing in other drawings. Being that Linden stumbled onto the barn, then saw them in the drawing...she knew she had to go back and take another look around the perimeter - BINGO - 15 dead bodies.
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There is hope after the two ep's but it's started down the road of the unbelievable as far as police, and now prison, practice goes. Linden should've been arrested and imprisoned so many times in S1/2 and it looks like that's going to, somewhat annoyingly, continue. Of note, her withholding of the box and lack of insight into recognising the significance of the wife's broken finger, as alluded to for her by Holder, should've had her 'fessing up and sharing. But as ever she knows best and who cares if the blinkered grip on key evidence results in another killer killing and/or going free. I realise this was an intended conceit of the writer and telling in-joke of sorts between Holder and Linden but is that a shark I already see being jumped by the Fonze?! And only now has she tied together the significance/location of the picture. WTF!
Yes she's dogged but that has proven time over to be her achilles heel. And yes she knows this. So I guess what I'm hoping for is that Linden isn't written back to S1 and we have Holder chasing his tail due to and after her. It makes me wonder if Sud wrote it like that to avoid having the police procedural thrown in her face and I just hope she doesn't go back again.
Of course we need time with Seward but he's got to be the most visited and privileged, albeit hated by the 2D guards - I'm looking at you Hugh Dillon - new Death Row inmate ever. What was that, brain a Rev. and get extra jello day?! Holden from the Sundance Channel show Rectify must be seething with jealousy, or pissing himself laughing. Death Row blocks only employ seasoned officers and not wishy-washy newbies - do we hear a potential jailbreak story, God no!
I did read the NY Reporter article on the initial S3 outing which gave me the fear, as it's scathing to see the least, however this season has promise If Sud and the other writers can be more inventive about side stepping procedure.
It seems almost heretical to suggest viewers may actually appreciate seeing intelligent detectives working within the constraints of the law and being forced to have more guile because of it.
Isn't Canadian tv/film like Australia as far as it's apparent lack and over reliance on a few actors?! At this rate they'll be asked to hold up masks like in Roman times .
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i enjoyed seasons 1 and 2 very much. and so far love the beginning of season 3. keep up the good work imo.
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I have not watched the original series but I really liked both the seasons of The Killing(except the final 30 mins of Season 1).The author is bang on when he says the aim of the show is not whodunnit but to explore the effects of the incident.Cannot wait to start watch Season 3.

PS: Anyone here has watched the French series Engregages( Spiral in English ).Thought its an incredible series, worthy of being made in US.
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I am delighted, AMC brought The Killing back. It is a great show, imho.
I have seen the original Danish versions. 1, 2 & 3 and frankly, this US version is as good as 'Forbrydelsen I" ...
Forbrydelsen II was just a copy of I with different murder (almost. It was so obvious who the killer was, it was laughable).
Then they had Forbrydelsen III, which was so full of obvious police mistakes, it rivalled The Following in stupidity.
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I am glad it is back and had to chuckle about many of the new casts. The Serenity reference was funny :D
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The shows back and better than ever that's about all I can.
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Forbrydelsesn season three is finished and as far as I know so is the Danish series. I have loved it, but really one has to really know European geopolitics to get the Danish original. Here at this juncture, they have separated completely from the Danish aspect and have gone entirely native.And this new nativity (pun intended) is good.So looking forward to one great storyline in one of my favorite shows to awe me again.
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Yep the Danish series is over now. I totally agree that the AMC Killing is very different in many aspects esp. in that there is no real equivalent of the Holder character in the Danish show (which personally I liked too at least S1 and S2 - waiting for the S3 DVDs...)
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After tonight THE KILLING is definitely on my will watch list
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Loved the Firefly easter egg. Go Kaylee! I missed you girl!
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She is even more reason for me to look forward each week to The Killing.
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I've never seen Forbrydelsen, but at times I was disappointed with the first two seasons of The Killing. My biggest issue with S1 was that they didn't wrap up Rosie's case. I felt like the case was starting to drag towards the end of the season and I thought they should have ended it there.

I also had some issues with the way the writers handled season 2. It felt like they didn't have enough material to keep the Rosie Larsen case interesting for 26 episodes and I didn't like some of the decisions they made. Linden's fiancee being her former psychiatrist, Stan not being Rosie's real father, and Richmond's quick recovery are some examples.

As for this season they've gotten off to a good start. Linden and Holder are always great and I completely agree about Peter Sarsgaard, he was excellent tonight as was pretty much everyone. The actors have always been great on The Killing. I was skeptical about this season focusing on Linden's old case, but I was very interested through both episodes and it looks like it should be a great season.
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In the Danish original, the killer is supposed to be a serial killer that is never caught within the three different seasons. Maybe there was plan for a fourth season but it got ditched for some reason.Anyway, this is why the first American season was very unclear as to who is the killer. BTW, in the Danish original it is the father's best friend who is the (serial) killer.
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Lol, did you even watch the Danish version, i.e. Forbrydelsen? That show deals with 3 different cases in the 3 different seasons and they wrapped the show at the end of season 3 with a definite ending. And the stories were not at all interconnected among the individual seasons. In first season, they talked about the murder of a girl (that was made in to first 2 seasons in US version - yes, as you said the killer was different from original version). In the 2nd season she took a case in the backdrop of military. I must say 2nd season was equally good or better. It wasn't difficult to deduct the killer but the finale was equally thrilling. As for 3rd season, the story revolves around a kidnap. The kidnapper kidnaps an influential politician's 3 year old daughter. He wants her to solve an old murder case in return of girl's life. Though good, this season was extremely disappointing as it was lot similar to first 2. Politicians & government were involved in the proceedings of the case in season 1 & 2 and it was repeated in season 3 as well - that was the major problem with the final season.

As for US version of this series, the only mistake they did was that they divided the same case in to 2 seasons. In season 1 of Forbrydelsen, they had 24 one hour episodes and US version had 26 episodes combined (S1 & S2). So, they didn't stretch the story unnecessarily and was faithful to the original material. Only problem was that they divided it in to two 13 episodes seasons. People were frustrated with the fact that they didn't solve the case in season 1. If they had allowed a 24 season series this problem would've been avoided. I'm glad that they have come up with a single case (with a resolution) with only 12 episodes in season 3.

Can't wait to watch!
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Just to spoil it more for myrddinde (hehe)he: too bad she was killed on that plane.that was a definite but lame way to end the series..
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Thanks for spoiling it ;-) Hope you get a hot place in hell ;-)
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You were going to watch the Danish original?
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So far so good... I liked seeing Linden happy though brief. I love Holder! I like the homeless kids, feel more connected to them than I did Rosie. I want to know the priest tattoo of scripture was. Ephesians 3: something I think.
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"[7] In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;"
Ephesians 1:7 http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/k/kjv/kjv-idx?type=DIV1&byte=5182024
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Unfortunately Forbrydelsesn ruined season one for me. I didn't come to it with an open mind. Season 2 was more enjoyable as it deterred from the danish versions plot a little more. Holden was the only character that kept me interested (although I never fully took to Lund in Forbrydelsen). I think I owe the show to go into season 3 with a more open mind and from what I can see so far it should be a different beast-keeping only with the Forbrydelsen format of running two seemingly seperate themes alongside a detective case. On a sidenote I think a similar issue may ruin my enjoyment of FX's 'The Bridge'. From what I've seen of the trailers it is almost word for translated word Broen, which is a shame as Broen turned out to be an even more intriguing Scandinavian crime drama than Forbrydelsen. The remake can't possibly match it.
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I'll be interested to see how FX's The Bridge plays out as well. I watched the original a little over a week ago without realising it was being remade into an American series. It was a great show so based on that I'll definitely give the American version a go but will only stick with it if it varies significantly from the source material. I don't see the point in rewatching the same show again, especially since it was so well done the first time round. I'll forgive FX if the pilot (and maybe even the second episode) follows closely the narrative of Broen/Bron but if by the third episode it's still the same, I'm gonna give it the flick.
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I was one of the many who was angered by Veena Sud's and/or AMC's reneging on the original promise to reveal Rosie's murderer at the end of S1. I despised the wasting of nearly half of that season with the teacher red herring. (The killer surely would have been part of the main cast, not a mere guest star as was the case of the teacher. Come on.) I was also largely unsatisfied with the eventual reveal at the end of S2.

So I was obviously on the fence about whether to return to the show for its unexpected third season. And you know what? I think I'm in again. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the work chemistry between Linden and Holder and I'm happy to be seeing it again, even though it really hasn't even gotten going yet. And the final scene of S3's second episode, with Linden making her shocking discovery, bordered on chilling. Deliciously atmospheric. Good job.

Here's hoping the show's creators and producers have learned from their numerous past mistakes and give us a better, tighter and shorter mystery this season. A fourth season is probably a real long shot so my hopes are actually pretty high for this to be a decent, well-paced, single-season whodunnit.
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Really? I loved the way they ended it. The aunt killed her own niece. She lived in that house the whole time knowing that she killed Rosie, "accidentally" of course. She knew she was putting a girl to her death in order to save her non-relationship with a married idiotic a-hole politician, but being that she didn't have a conscience, she didn't care. Until she found out it was her niece. Guilt-ridden, but not enough to admit what she'd done, she stepped up and started "helping" around the house.

MAN! To have her finally be caught was awesome.
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Why do you think a fourth season is a long shot? I already prepared myself as I was watching the premiere last night that I would not know all of the facts this season and I would have to wait almost 2 years to know the truth haha.
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I would LOVE for a 4th season to happen but seeing the premiere got 0.4 rating and it is more likely to fall from that than to increase, it does not look likely... Still, strangest things have happened... and The Killing did come back from the dead so... who knows
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Because this third season was a long shot and I kind of doubt that its viewership is likely to go UP. It hemorrhages viewers every season. The show had, in fact, already been cancelled after S2 until Netflix stepped in and worked out, um, whatever they worked out with AMC. (I still can't follow all of that.)

Who knows? It could certainly live on. I'm just not expecting it to.
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It isn't that long of a shot. If it was... the show wouldn't have been renewed to begin with. If the creators of this show came ready to play, its up to them and us to keep them around. Time will tell.
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It was the network that hyped that the murder would be solved by the end of the 1st season
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I'm curious as to whether or not you watched Forbrydelsen?
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You should check out Forbrydelsen. You're missing out on some really good television.
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One of my great favorites.I absolutely loved Gabol's acting in it as Sarah Lund.But season 2 and 3 of Forbrydelsesn where too european centric to be simply retuned to the American audience.
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