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The Killing - 104 - A Soundless Echo

Posted by The TV Critic on 19 April 2011 | 0 Comments

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The Killing - 104 - A Soundless Echo

I still don't know if I like The Killing. It remains in the blog section until I can be sure I will want to write about the whole season.

The problem for me is that I don't like police procedural shows. I don't like it when the investigation is more important than the characters doing the investigating. And so far I feel like that is the case with this show. As this is a one season story arc I can't escape the feeling that all these characters are irrelevant to me. Aside from our two leads I kind of assume everyone connected to Rosie's murder won't be a part of the show if a season two comes around.

Now that's not to say that a show can't tell a great one season story arc. But that story has to be really compelling and well communicated. Seeing the Larsens grieve has interesting parts to it but I don't feel like I care about them. I see them as a dead girl's parents and not characters that I am invested in. I just sat through Lights Out, a similar one season story and found it impossible to care about anything except the one boxing match the whole season was built around. I get the feeling that The Killing is drifting a little toward me only caring about finding out what happened. And that won't be enough to make me consider this a good show.

This characterization all seems a bit similar too. We already know that Richmond has some hidden past connected to his wife. Now we learn that Rosie's Dad has some organised crime connections. We get it implied that Linden has followed similar cases to self destructive ends before. And we start to see that perhaps Holder picked up a drug habit while working narcotics. All these hidden secrets bunched together makes the show feel a bit clunky. It was a relief to have Drexler the software developer just be a completely open ass hole to contrast with all the other character silently glaring out of windows.

As I said last week, to have video of two guys raping Rosie was such an obvious red herring considering that it appeared in episode three of the season. And here we spent ten minutes confirming that. At the episodes end we learn that Rosie had a closer relationship with her (seemingly) kind teacher than we suspected. Again this feels like red herring time and you really have to hope the show doesn't think this is a formula which will work. What didn't help this revelation either was how Linden and Holder both came to this conclusion. He followed a guy off the bus which was lucky and she switched on Rosie's globe lamp after almost giving up her search of the bedroom. In both instances there was more than a whiff of cop show cliché.  

To be fair there were things I liked about this.  I was sort of pleased that Jamie was working a sting operation for Richmond. It explained why the always-fair Richmond wouldn't even hear his excuses when he fired him. I did like seeing Linden and Rick getting over their fight and adapting to her temporary assignment. Finally the best moment of the episode was Mr Larsen telling Linden "You said she didn't suffer" after catching a glimpse of the photos of Rosie's beaten corpse. That was the one moment in the episode that really cut through the crap and asked a thought provoking question about such a tragedy.

53/100

P.s. This is petty and personal but I don't want to see Alan Dale on my TV for a long while. I imagine most of you know him as Charles Widmore on Lost but he played similar roles on Ugly Betty, The OC, 24 and Entourage. And those are just the shows I've seen him in! He was born in New Zealand, acted in Australia for a long time and still hasn't mastered a convincing English or American accent. It's reached a point where I just don't buy him in a dramatic role playing the wealthy patrician. He needs to go away or play a completely different part for a change.


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