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The Killing - 106 - What You Have Left

Posted by The TV Critic on 2 May 2011 | 4 Comments


The Killing - 106 - What You Have Left

I've lost interest in The Killing. I feel I have to stick around and find out who killed Rosie but sadly I don't care. This feels a lot like Lights Out where the whole season is built around one incident and therefore everything else feels irrelevant. We are seeing so much of the Richmond campaign and yet I have no reason to care one way or the other what happens to him.

I feel we are getting the worst of both worlds. The murder dominates the show as you would expect it to in a police procedural. And yet the case won't end and just drags on and on which of course wouldn't happen in a normal police show. As it is a murder mystery it's also becoming problematic to care about any of the smaller drama. We know that the case won't be solved for at least another five episodes. So unless Stan Larssen is about to kill Bennett and turn the show into "The Killings" I don't see a way for the show to recapture my interest. Plus that would be horrible to watch anyway.

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  • That is really tricky because you might have to sit through lots of stuff you've seen already. I guess it depends how much time you have...

    Posted by The TV Critic, 05/05/2011 3:37pm (9 years ago)

  • I've just watched ep1 of Forbrydelsen and I can say the two shows are virtually identical scene by scene!

    I'm a little bit at odds now. The Killing runs for 11 episodes so there's just 5 episodes left. Forbrydelsen has a 20 episode first series and I'd much prefer to watch a Danish slice of life rather than this American style I've seen all too often before.

    Posted by Mark B, 05/05/2011 1:24am (9 years ago)

  • Agreed. Although a lot of people like procedura dramas. This kind of mystery show is on in the UK a lot, it's just not my thing.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 04/05/2011 9:41am (9 years ago)

  • Looks like you've outlined exactly the kind of problems I'm having with this show. The pace is rather slow and seeing a family grieve for nigh on 5 hours is not the most entertaining experience.

    I keep being reminded of Harper's Island too. That was a one season whodunit set in a similar location. Regardless of how good the acting may have been, I watched to the end purely just to see the outcome and nothing else. The same will apply with The Killing. Two of the Harper's Island actors being in this doesn't help either.

    'Forbrydelsen', the original Danish version of The Killing is supposed to be a good gritty drama so I've heard. I can't help thinking that I've made an error in watching this american adaptation first :/

    Posted by Mark B, 04/05/2011 2:51am (9 years ago)

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