Skip to main content

The Killing (US Version)

I watched The Killing on Netflix at a point when there was only one season available for streaming. I had heard a bit about the show but hadn't had any real, pressing interest in watching it. I started watching with very low hopes and even lower expectations.

A couple episodes in and despite not hating the show, I was still feeling "meh" about the whole thing.

And then I was on episode 8 or so and realized that I couldn't stop watching the show. It wasn't the particular episode that had hooked me - I realized that this whole time the show had been creeping up on me and I was just becoming aware of it now. Dammit AMC! You win, again!  I also love Mad Men and Hell On Wheels.

Before I jump into some details, let me say that I've never watched the original Forbrydelsen so I can't speak to the relationship between the two. When I was describing the show to a friend I said that it's as if Twin Peaks and Seven had a baby together. The setting looks like it was cut from the exact fabric that Seven was cut from while the story, well, you don't need to be the card-carrying, Twin Peaks nerd that I am to see how closely related The Killing is to it.

- Murder of a popular high school girl.
- Turns out she's got a secret life.
- There's a ring of high school escorts / prostitutes.
- Drugs are, of course, involved.
- A cop with a dark past that calls their ability into question.
- An obsessive cop who will stop at nothing to uncover the mystery and send the RIGHT person to prison.
- A major player in town is somehow involved.
- Everyone is having an affair with someone else.
- Many secrets can be learned at the casino that is just outside of town (and just outside of police jurisdiction).

Some important things that are distinctly different
- Mireille Enos is a terrific actress but, I absolutely hated her character (Sarah Linden). Everyone does. No one hates Agent Dale Cooper though.
- There's nothing supernatural going on in The Killing, although some might argue that there's definitely "evil" present there. Some other time we can dissect the difference between "supernatural" and "evil" and all of those other meaningless, metaphysical concepts.

Now that I've made my way through the first 3 seasons, I can make some other observations about the show itself. The most noticeable thing? Cop shows are so absurdly unbelievable:

- The level of high-reaching conspiracy is ludicrous.
- I've seen better detective skills on Rescue Rangers.
- How does Linden manage to be such an obviously terrible parent AND NOT have social services take away her kid?

Now, my interest has come full circle: I wasn't impressed with season 3. I struggled to pay attention at some points, really fighting to regain my enjoyment. Based on that, I am doubtful that the upcoming season 4 will have much to offer.

All the plot-holey mystery aside, there's something undeniably engaging about the first two seasons and I'm not at all sad I watched them.

... and when do I ever write anything like that?

Watch the trailer for The Killing here:

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Rebuttal: 17 Disturbing Horror Movies You Will Never Watch Again

When I'm not watching movies, I'm reading about movies. I stumble across all kinds of articles, blog posts, book excerpts, etc. in my quest to absorb as much movie knowledge as possible. Now, I'm snotty and loud-mouthed and opinionated but I'd never begrudge another human their opinion. Seriously. You're absolutely welcome to have any opinion about any thing you want. However, I must warn you, if I think your opinion is stupid, I'm absolutely going to say so. I've recently stumbled on an article completely  brimming with so many idiotic opinions that I'm actually compelled to craft a response. Here's the gist of the original article: there are some horror movies out there that are so disturbing , you'll only ever want to watch them once. I've have taken her original list and refuted her claims without pulling her entire article over. You can read the original article here . Let's start at the beginning, with her opening statement

"I live, I love, I slay & I am Content."

Let me tell you a little about myself; something real about the home I grew up in. There were lots of people around all the time. I was the only child. And, thankfully, I wasn't treated as such. Much like today, I was just the shortest member of the household. But what's that really mean? Above and beyond it means that I had many influences growing up. For this entry, my father's influence is the most important. My father loves arms and armor. He loves history and mythology and the art of warfare. And as any good father would, he shared these passions with me as a kid. I remember him making me wooden swords to play with. We played chess together. And I remember him reading me Greek myths and comic books before bed. He also shared his nerdy love of scifi, fantasy, and horror movies with me. For all of this, I am grateful. And I am now passionate about the same things. Spoiler alert: the following statement is not a dick joke. I have a love of swords. And barbarian

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark - Another Lesson in Not Letting Homeownership Drive You Mad

There's a great history of horror films with "don't" in their titles Don't Go In the Woods  (1981) Don't Go In The House  (1980) Don't Look In The Basement  (1973) Don't Answer The Phone  (1980) Don't Open The Door  (1975) Don't Open The Window  (1974) Don't Go Near The Park  (1981) Etc. These titles suggest horror audiences aren't bright enough to realize the movies they are watching are warnings (premarital sex will make masked slashers target you, mess with nature and you'll end up with an uncontrollable monster, play your heavy metal records backwards and demons will come out of your lawn, etc.) But they also offer sound advise within the context of each film; not following these warnings will get you killed. Then there's  Don't Be Afraid of The Dark , where the oposite seems to be true. The title doesn't actually read as a warning, although the warning is implied there. It actually reads as a wheedlin