The Killing is a re-creation of a hit Swedish show and has officially been killed by . Again another amazing show gets swept under the rug. Even if you have the best show in the world, when you hardly advertise it and bury it on Friday's at ten, what do you think is going to happen to it? I mentioned to half a dozen people that I was watching this show and not a single one of them had ever heard of it!? That is besides the point though, my job is review the content and what I saw was very different. The Killing actually took some time to grow on me. It is everything that's advertised, but it's a bit unusual. Rosie Larsen is a seemingly innocent seventeen year old girl, whose body is found inside the trunk of a car, belonging to the campaign of a Mayoral candidate. After the premier episode that introduces us to everyone, the following episodes are broken up into segments. One closely follow every aspect of the police investigation, which is really fascinating. It's also somewhat strange as the two detectives are both in their twenties. Linden (Mireille Enos) has a past, is extremely dedicated to he job, and seemingly has no emotion. Her partner Holder (Joel Kinnaman) is young, good looking, and may have called in some favors to get the job he has. Holder is short tempered and immature, the perfect opposite of Linden, making them a very interesting pair. The next set of segments follows the Mayoral race, we get to deeply know both candidates, their campaigns, and the people who work for them, giving us an unlimited number of suspects. The last of the regular segments, features the heartbroken family of Rosie Larsen and in detail it shows how it effects each member. The story being told is one of the best I've ever seen in a TV show. No one is what they seem, everyone is a suspect, and their are so many twists and turns that you'll be doubting yourself as much as the investigators doubt their instincts. The cast is equally as good and in fact is what makes this show unique. The characters are not the type of characters you'd expect to see in this type of show. The personalities don't quite fit the roles and it leads to some very unusual, but interesting scenes. The Killing was thoroughly enjoyable and should have been a tremendous hit, but poor rating and a network that wasn't really devoted to the show led to it's demise.
I loved season 1 but season 2 wasn't very good. However season 3 was really good. Season 4 was also very good. The actor, Tylor Ross who played Kyle was so good. I hope to see more of him. The ending with Linden and Holder was nice. My only complaint was the conclusion og Skinners murder. That was just wrapped up too fast and not very likely. All in all I am very happy that I watced this series.
The killing has risen rom the dead and there will be a six episode final season on Netflix and this cannot be but excellent news to those real fans like me who truly admire the show. Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will be back to end this remarkable series in style as it should. this is again a great initiative from Netflix and a very smart move on their part.
One of the best series and acting I have seen in along time. The show was real, gripping and did not hide the ugliness living within the corners of everyday life. I am so tired of Hollywood and the shows the networks are spitting out. Thank goodness for Netflix. To me, the show was like a well-written book you could not put down. Sense AMC and Fox are cowards maybe NetFlix will pick it up.
I've already ranted on about why I love this show in another comment so I'll just say it again here:
I know a lot of people thought the first two seasons were too slow but I actually enjoyed them, despite being a bit predictable. There was so much to love about the show:
THE LEADS are fantastic and fantastic together. I liked how they didn't try to make Linden too likable and that in itself made her likable (well to me, anyway). She's also smart and doesn't take shit from anyone. Holder is just awesome sauce, from the way he talks to the way he always has Linden's back; like with her kid and when other cops were bitching about her. Also appreciated how the writers didn't feel the need to make them romantically involved with each other, like so many other shows do.
THE LONG ASS EPISODES! I actually liked the whole one-day-one-episode thing; that way we got to know all the characters and their actions seem more realistic. Like when it was revealed that Terry pushed the campaign car into the water, it was believable (rather than just a last minute plot twist) because we saw how guilty she felt through her actions. Also by getting to know all the characters, none of them were simply labeled as a "bad guy" (or a "good guy" for that matter), like in the case of Belko.
I was even fond of the random details, like how they're always smoking (or trying to quit, though they don't seem to be trying very and how its always raining. Yes, you're not watching the Killing unless it starts to rain. Overall I loved the first two seasons but season three was the difference between a good show and a great show.
I still agree with the death penalty by lethal injection. I believe it is the right course of action after the proper amount of time for appeals has concluded. We cannot afford to house violent criminals for the remainder of their lives and the answer it NOT to weaken the laws so that more criminals go free.
Season 3 should really be classed as a different series. Seasons one and two tried to encapsulate forbrydelsen by copying the story ( very very closely) but season 3 is far closer by focussing on the 2 lead detectives (who, as in forbrydelsen do REALLY stupid things), Sarahs increasingly dodgy mental state, a political theme, and mostly atmosphere. This season has been great at painting a gloomy, yet fascinating world and it was this that made you forget about the ridiculous and frustrating "line all the suspects up one by one until they uncover their shady secret that proves their innocent" format of forbrydelsen. My only gripe so far with this series is girls', mothers' boyfriend as prime suspect by episode 3 and then just forgotten about for 4 whole episodes!!!!im guessing hedunnit
Of course there must be so many others, but can't watch all of them!
So about The Killing, what is to say? Yes, the storyline is ok-to-good. But the characters are well written, the actors, Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos (this woman definitely has something special) are so great individually and together and it doesn't matter if Linden seems to always be in some kind of constant light depression, both of them are doing a great job.
The 2 first seasons stuck on original Danish series Forbrydelsen (did not watch it but was acclaimed by the critic), this 3rd tries a new path, and it works.
Of course the show is not flawless (lingering, some of the kids stories, but anytime they seem to lose you, the 2 main characters/actors, and their connection, keep you around for more.
We don't always want fast-paced, action-driven, obvious-psychology-characters tv shows.
Sometimes we want something different. Sometimes we want something that's taking us by the hand and show us the dark, rainy, non-perfect way through its story. And in its own small world, that's what The Killing is doing. And I'm ok with that.
Great casting. I like that it is more realistic and shows that a murder investigation is a slow process that isn't solved in 60 minutes or a few days.
But as a guy that works in Seattle and has lived in the area for over 45 years it really bothers me that they get so many details wrong. Every episode I've seen is filled with details that make it hard for me to "buy in" to an otherwise well written wonderfully cast drama. Just as an example no one here refers to I-5 as "THE I-5", that sounds like southern California talk there. Also it doesn't rain and isn't overcast everyday here. People here rarely dress like we're living in the frozen north. I probably wear a light jacket in the early morning 30 to 60 days a year, if that, and an actual winter coat may come out for a couple of days of snow once or twice a year. Many of the locations and where they are referenced to being are far from realistic to anyone that knows the area. I actually enjoy that some of the depictions of Seattleites are slightly hokey over the top caricatures, but I wish they would get someone who actually knows Seattle on the production crew as a consultant.
As the chief of police warns us in the beginning of season 3, the killer isn't going to be sending gift wrapped messages to the police (a la CSI), this isn't going to be skin suits and Hannibal Lecter. I get it, the show wants to be about the rough reality of kids in the streets, about weak human beings and dysfunctional parents, all living in cold grey rain. The main character (Linden) carries the whole weight of the world in her every move and expression; it's heavy, bleak, depressing, but I think I'll watch the next episode nevertheless.
After having been both intrigued and excited about the show's overall mood and tone, combined with the two amazing leads (Mireille Enos with her mix of buried vulnerability, passion and melancholy and Joel Kinnaman with his bro-ish approach that barely hides demons on his sholders), I was somehow disappointed by season 2, as THE KILLING seemed to have lost track. Things moved forward at a snail's pace, and despite the strong performances of Michelle Forbes and Brent Sexton as tortured parents, it seemed that the rainy dark magic of season 1 was gone. - But I am very excited that AMC finally believed in the concept as much as I (and obviouly showrunner Veena Sud ;) ) did: season 3 doesn't only pick up where it left after season 1 - it delves into the darker sides of police investigation, the extremely harsh life of street kids and succeeds in growing into one of the few shows I would recommend to anyone who is sick of bland, empty procedurals. It may not be the weird and deep genius of BREAKING BAD, but hey, it only started its third season. And if it proceeds like in those first episodes, it may evolve into something really great.
I just started watching this show and finished season 1 and 2 within a week. It was so sad and had me guessing until the last few episodes. I really like this show, the acting and writing is good. I am going to start watching season 3 now.
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