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The Killing S03E06: "Eminent Domain"

Way to completely kill my Pastor Mike suspicions, show! Obviously if we're supposed to think that it's him, it's not him. I shake my fist angrily in your direction, The Killing. (And now watch it be Pastor Mike anyway.)

After last week's police work in the form of lucky breaks, "Eminent Domain" had the detectives mostly cooling their heels while they waited for Angie—the young girl who escaped from the Pied Piper's care last week—to be coherent/lucid/untraumatized enough to identify the person who abducted her, particularly if her abductor was the still-missing Joe Mills. Of course, that Angie went missing while on Reddick's watch wasn't suspicious at all. Not at all.

The "whodunnit?" aspect of this season has seemed fairly front-and-center for Linden and Holder, but the case is having less of a significant impact on them than the Rosie Larsen case did. The removal of Jack and Regi from Linden's world has made her obsession with police work, and this case in particular, feel rather hollow so far. There haven't been any ramifications—for her not going home, for her not seeing Cody (remember Cody?). As we've discussed in the past, The Killing has always placed more of an emphasis on the repercussions of a case than on the case itself, but Season 3 hasn't executed that feeling as well as Seasons 1 and 2.

Through Danette, Season 3 has attempted to draw parallels between her and Linden as two absent mothers. While we got to see Danette struggle with the realization that her neglect of Kallie and trust of Joe Mills could be construed as a contributing factor in Kallie's disappearance, hints of Linden's mental state came only in the form of her badgering Angie and being scolded by Skinner—nothing that meaningful, really. Take Linden's interrogation of Danette: It was the emotional confession of one crap mother talking to another, and Linden stoically took it, all the while still judging Danette. Linden is self-aware enough to know that she's a poor parent, but without Jack around, that awareness doesn't land for me in a way that feels important.

At least it's been important for Danette, though. Her arc, thus far, has been nicely plotted. While I balked at the lack of a resolution to last week's cliffhanger with Joe (I guess it really wasn't all that important that we know why Joe had Kallie's cellphone? At least not right now?), the discovery threw Danette for a loop. Unlike the grieving Larsens from last season, who sometimes felt a little circular in terms of development, Danette has had a bit more of a trajectory. Her time spent with Bullet wandering about Seattle, reminiscing about Kallie's inability to grasp the fundamentals of hide-and-seek, gave her some much needed shading, and provided this episode with a bit more emotional weight by showing the impact that Kallie's disappearance is having on someone other than Bullet.

Kallie's disappearance is also finally starting to become more entangled with Seward's time on Death Row, which is nice to see, but I again felt left wanting from a Linden perspective. The admission that Seward is on Death Row for a crime he didn't commit and in a case that drove Linden over the edge should have felt like a way bigger moment for her. There should be some sort of professional and existential break, but we're not seeing it. If Linden is very much dead inside as a result of the Larsen case, that would be one thing, but this season hasn't presented us with anything on which to base that assumption.

Thankfully, we're seeing these breaks in Seward. The anger, the disbelief, and the frustration Seward felt at having the detective responsible for putting him where he is say all this—and on a day when he'd already seen the closet thing he had to a friend kill himself and then had a sit-down with his father—were all unsurprisingly well-executed by Peter Sarsgaard. While Seward has felt occasionally disconnected from the rest of the show, small scenes like tonight's help remind us that the search for Kallie and the Pied Piper have had an effect on him as well. The Killing isn't as upfront with the passage of time as it used to be, but a reminder that Seward has less than two weeks before his execution adds a little more pressure to the show's slow pace.



RAIN-SPLATTERED NOTES

– To circle back to Pastor Mike, I was glad when Holder, in a more contemplative mood, was thinking and talking through his thought process in trying to get inside the Pied Piper's head, and how it reasonably would connect back to Pastor Mike with all the choice words and phrasing and the confessional booth aspect of the rear view mirror.

– I really liked Amy Seimetz, who plays Danette, in this episode. I should probably get around to watching her in Upstream Color soon, huh?

– "Yo, vintage player. You got a smoke?" Never change, Holder.

– Despite the terrific comments, at the moment there aren't enough eyeballs swiveling this way each week to justify continued coverage of the rest of the season. We'll circle back occasionally, as the plot or a particularly strong reaction to an episode warrants. Until then, enjoy the show!


What'd you think of "Eminent Domain"?

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AIRED ON 8/1/2014

Season 4 : Episode 6

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The past two episodes have both showcased things the killing hasn't done yet. they've been my two favorite eps of the entire series and an awesome directing job by Jonathan Demme. finally, after three years, i actually can't wait to find out what happens next!
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This is the best on TV right now! They should review the next 2 episodes!
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I agree ! Episode 9 was the best of the season and I don't understand why no one is reviewing this here !
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It's TV'com's loss!
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Episode 10 is emotional torture porn. Not violence, not sex but torture of the heart but yet many fans I think will love it just as much.
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the buzz for The Killing is huge!

the last episode, (ep 08, "try") is considered as one of the best episodes on TV on any show this year.

The new episode (tonight) is again considered as superlative, check tweets https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=#thekilling&src=hash

It's a shame that you guys have abandoned a brilliant show like this at the crucial time.

only 3 eps left!

Pls review the latest ep!
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This episode was more of calm before the storm. Though I have a hard time buying Danette's "best mom of the year" sudden awakening of conscience. That woman threw her own daughter on the street and now she's all of a sudden worried about her? Seems a bit inconsistent. Her worrying sick is hard to connect with her outrageous neglect of her daughter - one thing is to send her to shelter or friends or relatives but she didn't care where her daughter would end up when on the streets. And why Bullet doesn't warn her fellow runaways that serial killer preys on them?
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""The "whodunnit?" aspect of this season has seemed fairly front-and-center for Linden and Holder, but the case is having less of a significant impact on them than the Rosie Larsen case did." I disagree. With the last case it felt like Linden and Holder were their own worst enemies, both totally self-defeating basket cases.

For Linden, this case, the doubts she had about Seward's guilt, are the gravity in her universe. It already broke Linden once, and the emotion she showed Seward was the most we've ever seen from her. I think the weight of her responsibility in sending a man to deathrow is drowning her; if the state puts him to death, it will be the ultimate undoing of Linden. I don't think she will survive it.

Moreover, I've spent the entire season reviling Danette (and a couple hours riding around with Bullet half-assed looking for her child is going far to redeem her with me) but the interrogation scene showed Linden facing her own behavior as she has shown the woman nothing but repugnance, not even an ounce of compassion, yet in that scene she had no choice but to face the fact that the distance between she and Danette is really rather negligible and mostly her own projections.

Holder is Holder and so long as he doesn't go back to smoking meth it's all good, but he's the sort who doesn't let on the kettle is boiling until the house is burning down.

I still want to know what Seward did to believe he deserves to die! The man is obviously innocent of the crime he's been sentenced to death for, he obviously loves his son, what did he do that he would refuse to fight for his own life? Was it that he wasn't there that night (and perhaps up to no good) or did he have knowledge of his wife's extracurricular activities and he didn't put a stop to it? What is he so guilty over? He comes across as so intelligent, intellectual even, so the burden must be profound. It is the plot arc I most want to see resolved. (Ok, yes I want Kallie to be alive but that just isn't as juicy to me.)
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I see where you're coming from, and would like the show to meet your notion, but I don't really feel that the show is dramatizing the idea of Linden "drowning" in a convincing way.
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You're right, I am likely being generously interpretive. She always looks constipated, which is I guess is Mireille Enos's cop face for every emotion except crying. Not very much emotionality there.
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Loved the episode, love the show, love Linden and Holder :)

There are awfull series that are named here, and you are cutting this show's comments ??
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I've a feeling that Seward's dialogue "I don't have a son" (he said this to Linden in Episode 1) is going to be the biggest clue in the case. I think he is not the biological father of Adrian. Well, just an intuition, lol
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NOOOOO!!! You have to keep track of Holder's verbal gems. I love them so much. I thought for sure you'd mention that he dropped not only Galileo, but Copernicus???!!!! Love him 4 eva.
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His explanation of Galileo and Copernicus was pretty priceless.
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If it's not the pastor, my money is on the probation officer....
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I want to like this season because I liked the last two season so much. I would say The Killing was my favorite TV show the previous two years--I couldn't wait for Sunday night for the next episode. This year I am having trouble even remembering what happened the week before and not caring all that much. We have to start seeing more of the detectives' personal lives. I am just not drawn into the kids on the street story--sorry if I offend anyone by saying that. I realize it is a real societal concern. I also am bored with the prison scenes. I am just not excited by anything on the show. Sigh. There should have been something better to do with Linden and Holder than the writers have come up with for this season. I am beginning to think they solved the Rosie Larsen case too soon. Finally, I wish the scenes in the prison weren't so hard to see--they are so dark I can't figure out what is going on.
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Damn I really thought it was Pastor Mike, too! If he's not the killer, he has something fishy to hide, for sure.
It's not either any of the people shown to Angie by Linden. It's not Joe Mills. It's not the male model pimp. In fact, it seems to be none of the men we have seen so far.
What we know is that he is a male caucasian who must be in his late thirties, early forties, if we take into account the killing of the first victim. But then we don't know if there are not victims outside the state yet. I am surprised we don't ave that information and that the FBI has not poked it's nose yet. we know he is a fundamentalist christian with delusional desires to "save" young women by killing them and torturing them. We know he has intense eyes ( maybe a sign of psychosis.) . We know he is muscular and maybe athelic in built, from the shadow we have seen during Kallie's escape last episode.
Btw, Joe Mills is a dead man, I am almost sure that Seward will escape from prison to see his son and murder Mills who is the killer in his eyes and responsible for his misery.
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The lack of an FBI presence in the case set off a little flag for me this week as well, but I'm not exactly eager for a pointless jurisdiction tussle, so I'm going to pretend the FBI called and said, "You guys got this, right?" And Skinner was all, "Totally."
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The FBI does kidnappings, counter-espionage, and interstate crimes. They only confirmed that there was a kidnapping a day ago.
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Amen to that.
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The whole opening scene with the mum showing up ok at the cop shop pretty much set up Mill's as not being the killer.
Linden's character, like the original, continues to be a descendant of Kali and just like that original, I'm beginning to enjoy her failures more than her successes. Although as much as this season has been trying to humanise her more, I can't see the false conviciton remaining solely at her door. Just like in the previous runs (!), her errors all had get-out-of-jail-free clauses - some only Santa himself could've fulfilled. Skinner will no doubt get to fall on his sword as they've already made him the love cheat boss and so is easy to further tarnish.
I'm guessing Hugh Dillon was on day release for an acting class in more than two dimensions - or at least he should've been. The only time I've ever seen him act with 3 dimensions was in a guest spot on ReGenesis; in which his haircut was the third.
The hospital scene with Holder and Reddick was great and had me thinking how a cop show with those two could really fly. And, what top actors the pair are.
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A disappointing episode. Nothing happened, except for the only witness' disappearance. That only proves what we suspected before : Holder's ex partner is a lousy cop.
For once, I enjoyed Seward's story more than Kallie's story.
Holder's contemplative moment was very nice and Bullet's love story is sweet.
I really enjoyed reading your review and commenting on this show, Noel. I hope you'll at least cover the finale.
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I think we'll likely do the finale, if nothing else. But don't hold me to it as I'm not the one who ultimately gets to decide it. :)
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We'll at least cover the finale, promise!
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thanks!! We are gonna miss this column! Do come back soon!
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Too bad about the weekly review. I love reading the them and participating in the comments.
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I think that The Killing is one of the best detective shows out there.. It´s dark, gloomy and poetic and I love it.. I don´t really like some action cop shows..but it seems that most of people do..God.. I wish I had enough money to support good quality shows for minority.
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Though it didn't have any major twists (well, we all knew that Pastor Mike is a red herring & he will be a prime suspect in one of those episodes), it was indeed a clever episode for confusing the viewers. I've seen people speculating about the killer all over the place (be it on AMC forum, IMDB forum & couple of other places) and I must that speculators will have a hard time after this episode since suspicion is pointing to so many characters now.

From what I've come across, these are the suspects as of now (lol, some of them are backed by weird theories)

1)Skinner - He acted weirdly in this episode. He was the one who forced Linden to close the Trisha Seward case. Somebody pointed out that most of those murdered girls were of Skinner's daughter's age (remember, she was in the station staring at the pics of the girls). It looks like he's covering up something. Does Hannibal have a similar theme, that father killing victims of his daughter's age?

2)Reddick - the usual suspect, Angie went missing under his watch.

3)Becker - he was under suspicion from one of the earlier episodes itself. In this episode, he mysteriously disappeared from the duty saying 'he had to take care of something'.

4)A possible twin brother of Seward - lol, though it sounds hilarious, it can be a distant possibility. Right from start, Seward looked like he was protecting someone. Plus, Seward was seen leaving the apartment after the killing. Also, his father says that he put Seward in an incubator when he was born and this happens to be the case for most of the twin deliveries I hear (I've no idea, somebody please enlighten me). And the father also says, "I'm proud of you for keeping your mouth shut". Does that mean that it was some sort of a sacrifice? The biggest question is, why did Linden overlook this possibility back then? Well, in that case this theory may not be that strong.

Pastor Mike & Joe Mills are still strong suspects. But at this point they have become obvious ones. So I think we can focus on the rest as of now. May be episode 7 will have some strong clues to one of these theories. It's amazing how the show keep you engaged all through the week with this 'possible killer' game. But I hope the writers won't disappoint us at the end with many loose ends (it happens with many crime shows).
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I see the pastor as a good candidate to take the place of the politician in the first two seasons... good suspect to be on and off the radar. This show needs to use the red herring factor a lot, it is imposible to avoid, in my view. It's like the cycle of a general procedural show but taking a lot more time to finalize, so the waves are larger. But it plays sort of the same. The way I see it, it suceeds at making us examine every posible suspect, episode after episode. I love both Linden and Holder characters, I'd like to see J. Kinnaman in a different role, I'm curious if it's the actor I like or the character (or both). I am sad to hear this won't be reviewed weekly, hope you change your mind :)
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It felt to me as a filler episode but perhaps it was just subtly & cleverly sowing seeds for the future resolution of the case? There were lots of suspicious things like Becker missing, the presumably nice prison guard arriving late to his shift (does he really have a baby? I am suspicious of everyone now), Linden's boss seems a little more stressed out than usual, rescued girl missing on Reddick's shift as you mentioned...

The big reveal that the boy saw the killer and so Seward is probably innocent of the boy's death felt really anticlimactic...

It was in any case Seward's episode what between his prison mate suicide (was he being kind or cruel to him, can't figure that out) and then Seward's father appearance which seemed to have been intended as full of significance but beyond showing bad parenting, can't see what...

Yeah, the pastor mike as suspect is just so predictable as a red herring...

Even if The Killing gets cancelled, someone give Holder a show, he's the best & gets the best lines...
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I hadn't considered Skinner (Linden's boss) as a potential suspect, but given how he and Linden followed the evidence three years ago to point the finger at Seward, it's likely he may have tampered with evidence to lead things astray and is now trying cover his trail.

I'm really intrigued about what'll happen with Joel Kinnaman after the RoboCop remake gets released. I think that he and Enos are stellar performers, and while I find them both incredibly captivating to watch here (Kinnaman especially this season), they each poised for break out successes beyond this show.
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Honestly at this point I am not discounting anyone from being somehow involved (except Linden, Holder and Bullet) - it was just the weird scene last week with Skinner's daughter being the same age as the vics...
Sure Kinnaman's great as Holder but I am always amazed with Enos who is a very attractive woman normally and she makes Linden into a grumpy scruffy character so convincingly...
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That's true! Both are already on the way to be movie stars. But it all happened because of this show. The acting has been one of the strong points of the show. Even Peter said in a recent interview that it is one of his best acting assignments in his whole career. Also, AMC renewed it keeping the 'movie star' factor I believe. May be they will have plenty of great opportunities in films, but Linden and Holder will remain as their career bests. If this season delivers, Mireille & Kinnaman might fetch their first Emmy/Golden Globe next year, let's see.
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Did anyone come to the thought that Becker is involved?
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I think it's possible, and ludoTV above makes the point as well. I just didn't mention it in my review.

But the show is fond of getting lots of red herrings on the line, so who knows. It could actually be Linden's alternate personality. (It's not. ...I hope.)
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I'm glad this show came for season 3 and I have to give it to great actor chemistry between Holder and Linden sometimes red herring after another is annoying but these two kept me glued to the show episode after another.
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I do love Holder and Linden. They are fun together. He brings out the fun side of her.
Remember red herrings occur quite often in actual police investigations.
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Do I regret my acceptance of returning to this show--at your urgings--no. Unfortunately my wife has bailed again and it's, "Okay, watch it, I'll just listen"--turns back to her computer and puts her head phones on. But I don't know when I'll get back to it, I'm already watching a plethora of shows without her and most are better than this one. We are watching Broadchurch together and I'm not sure it's actually better than season 3 of The Killing. But I get Broadchurch without the attitude, OR the headphones. Get married, you'll see...
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No worries. I feel a bit lousy about urging you forward, however tentatively. I've heard the woes of shared TV viewing from many a married friend (and it gets even worse when one partner plays video games and the other doesn't).
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Well, at least I don't do that. And no worries to you as well. I just wanted to point out that it's not always the material that makes us watch or not watch. I currently watch more than a hundred shows she won't watch, the latest--after The Killing--being Rectify. Orphan Black and Banshee--forget aboud it...
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