Everyone has to understand that the whole show is this one case, and it won't be solved anytime soon. The whole point of this kind of shows is the drama. Season 1 was very good. I wanted it to continue, but so far in Season 2, its just getting more and more boring and nonsensical. The police is getting slower and dumber. Detectives letting personal issues take priority. And whole episodes going by with next to nothing happening. At this rate, a 3rd season would be out of the question. I really hope they do something about it, and soon!
And I'm sick of watching this loser feeling sorry for himself in hospital bed, so many times in a single episode.
This dense melodrama is dark, both emotionally and visually. Unlike traditional murder mysteries, it takes more than an hour or two to tie up all the loose ends. In fact, it takes two seasons, even though they only cover a few weeks of story time. The bottom line is, expect to explore the lives of these characters in excruciating depth, rather than skipping along on the surface of their lives. This reviewer found it well worth the time spent.
I love this show. It is one of the most compelling and gripping shows. They keep convincing me the murderer is someone else which makes it a joy to watch. It reminds me of homeland and damages because of its intelligence and pay off.
My rating would have been 10 if this show was done in a 13 episodes with one season, cutting off all the unnecessary details and overwhelming emotions. To tell you the truth, the only way I could watch it completely is by recording it and then fast forwarding half of every episode. It was as the name indicated a "killing" slow motion picture.
The acting in this is great, the shining stars being Mireille Enos and joel kinnaman. The story was well thought out and written. Where some people thought it was slow, was them giving needed detail. Everything from location to wardrobe (which was refreshing to NOT see 5" heels and bling) gave the show a sense of reality.Overall, the killing hooked you and kept your interest. I can't wait for season 3.
I found this show interesting from the first episode, and the quality has completely held up, as far as I am concerned. The pace is sometimes slow, but never boring. The writers take the time they need to develop the characters, who are portrayed in all of their flawed but often strong and beautiful humanity. Relationships are developed in a full, believeable way, and I find myself constantly empathizing with people in difficult situations I've never been forced to face, looking through the world through someone else's eyes. The acting is fantastic. This show reminds me of nothing more than The Wire with its gritty, dark, realistic feel.
The first season was great. But I think thats where it should have ended. The plot is getting far too convoluted now; its actually hard to follow. And judging from the promos one of the best characters is getting killed off. I'll watch till the end, but only because I've stuck to it for over a year.
I grew up on never-ending stories like The Fugitive, The Invaders, etc. in which a single plot outline went on forever with no resolution, although you always hoped the climax would come each week. Some people think the killing should have been short and sweet, but I believe that, except for moments in which it drags a bit, the show manages to keep unfolding developments that keep me interested. I have come to like its Seattle-Gothic ambiance, too. It is, by far, not the worst show on TV. Performances are above par. I only pray they don't cancel the show before the resolution.
How many episodes do they expect you to sit through as linden & co. fumble about trying not to solve a crime for yet a whole nother season? Every episode is exactly the same , it's raining upon a midnight dreary as dysfunction takes hold of every relationship and cops chase their tales dragging you along on a hellride of boredom from one episode to another. I had enough last season but there is so little on tv these days that is worth watching, i decided to give it another shot, and I feel like even more of a fool for doing so. I don't want to know what it's like to experience suspended animation in the land of rain-soaked monotony. I'm done.
Glad I watched it but think they could have concluded the whole thing in 4 - 6 episodes
The 2 detective characters were great, however how incompetent were they not to check basics (with vehicle as an example without spoiling)
I can understand a few episodes dragging after the wrong suspect - there was compelling evidence to support this
I for one won't be back for season 2 - I feel betrayed not to draw a conclusion at the end
If they had ended Season 1 with a definite end I would be looking forward to Season 2
Would prefer if the Lead Detective worked for FBI and headed up a small unit for these type of cases - and it concluded to perhaps 6 episodes - What was the point of the son running away - Had no depth to the story other than expanding on her character - which wont be necessary if they cant get season 2 off the ground
I saw an ad for this via the cable channel so decided to give it a go. I found it instantly similar to twin peaks (although i was only young when i saw that) without being super weird like TP was. I found the main female 'Kindle' quite different and drawn to her. She has a deep past and you can see her taking in the surroundings of the crime scene and also her remorse and anger through her eyes. I think she is fantastic!
There are a couple of actors from Battlestar Galactica and also from 4400 (the mayor) who make an appearance. I love the fact that this is an ongoing investigation, that its not some random story each episode. When you think you have the answer, it turns out this one murder has come about due to many many changes or choices others have made and also in return the result of the girls death then changes many peoples lives which would never of happened had she lived.
I saw this series earlier this year. It resembled Twin Peaks in many ways, including mood. A lot of weirdness mixed in with the drama. I found the extremely slow pace frustrating with many episodes not seeming to serve any purpose. This whole mystery could've been solved in one season, but no, it's dragged on so much that it needs to bleed into a second season.
Interesting premise and AMC deserves credit for continuing to try to do things differently. However, the middle has dragged and the plot twists have become hard to swallow as the show struggles to fill an entire season with one murder.
The show "The Killing" is about the murder of a girl Rosie Larsen in Seattle and how it touches many people. The whole season deals with the attempt of two police detectives to solve the case, and this is both a strength and weakness of the show.
The structure seems to be similar to "The Wire" as Seattle is almost a character as Baltimore was to the Wire. The rain predominates every episode and there is a palpable sense of gloom from the washed out colors of blue and greys.
The season started with the death of Rosie Larsen found drowned in the trunk of a politician's vehicle. The police detectives charged with solving the case get an arc of not really liking or trusting each other to sort of bonding while the season went on. The female cop has family issues that the murder effects, as her engagement falls apart because she stays to solve the murder, and her son is having problems. There is a question after "missing" of whether the child is actually her son, as Reggie (whom we were led to believe was her mother) is actually her caseworker and she tells her partner Holder of her last murder case where the mother of a child was killed and the father did it, so their child had nowhere to go, he was damaged goods. Putting it together, it seems likely that she adopted or is merely a gaurdian over her "son".
The other detective Holder, is a recovering drug user and also has some serious baggage, and the beginning episodes touched upon whether he was dirty. (the answer seems to be no).
There are two other related stories in The Killing, dealing with Rosie's parents and the campaign of a councilman for mayor whose car Rosie was found. Although interesting, it does not yet appear how the councilman's story really has to do with the murder, as the car was explained around the midpoint of the season. This storyline mainly serves as a diversion from the Rosie story and seems to be a way to get more out of the story than the Rosie Larsen case. It fills time, but unless they tie this into the murder by season's end, it will come across as filler.
The final story involves Rosie's parents, who are grief-stricken over the death of their girl. The father hears about a suspect (Rosie's teacher) and takes revenge, alothough we learn he had the wrong man. The story is similar to the movie "In the Bedroom" an excellent movie about the death of a child and how it effects the parents.
As other reviewers have pointed out, The Killing by taking a whole season to solve a murder has twists and turns that are usually glanced over in Law & Order and CSI shows. The angle about the teacher being involved in islamic terrorists activities felt contrived and unbelievable, and the outcome was very politically correct. The first couple of episodes were excellent as the detectives went from one lead to another, but the weakness of premise kicked in around the halfway mark, as the story swithed to the mayoral race and filling in backstory of the detectives. The weakness is there are only so many people who would want to kill a teenage girl, and there are only so many twists that are believable, and the teacher angle was proof that some do not work.
There are two episodes left at the time of this review, so a killer ending (pun intended) may make this worth it, if there isn't it is another noble failure by AMC.
Shows takes twists and turns that aren't compelling- agony of Rosie's family, son Jack's escapade and what has happened to the fiancé? Not thrilled with finale, didn't hook me to be excited about new season. Enjoyed first few shows and was excited to see next show. Think the acting is very good for the characters represented. Not sure if I'll be back next season... Appears to be a bit too slow going and I'm not gripped for Rosie's killers reveal. Seems that show keeps going off in directions and causes one to lose interest. We will see what new season brings.
I was very enthusiastic about this show, especially after the premiere. Yes, there was a slow pace, but that's how I imagined to be a real investigation (and also there was a good represantation of family grief). All of this was acceptable because I thought there was to be a resolution by the end of season, but first things started to drag on ( the family scene were dubbed by someone as "porn grief" and I tend to agree) and so I suspended watching, waiting to read if the season finale would really bring a conclusion which would have justified keeping to whatch. Here's the biggest betrayal: no resolution, many fans (me included) were led to believe the season would be self-contained, but now the case will drag on in the second season (milking it beyond any logical sense, if they had focused on the character while on another case that would have been so much better).
It starts off very slowly - in fact, it is near the end of the first hour before the body of Rosie Larsson is discovered. There are other things going on as well. We meet a City Council President who is running for Mayor. And the lead detective in the murder mystery is supposed to move to San Francisco with her young son, to be married. But what gives me hope is the way the writers are taking their time and building suspense around The Killing. Most of what is interesting occurs in the final 30 minutes of the show. It is clever how Detective Linden's replacement finds the true murder scene, just before the show ends.
My interest is peaked enough to at least tune in for Episode 3.