- Mar 31st. 2014
I’m writing about the US version of The Killing, which remade a three-season Danish television show of the same name because Americans are shitty about reading subtitles. (OMG you want us to read?!) I live in Seattle, where the remake is set. People compared its plot to Twin Peaks—young, well liked (white) girl is killed and viewers watch as the lives of those whom the murder has affected start to unravel. People clamored for a third season after it was cancelled at the end of its second season, and Netflix was stepping up.
So I thought, sure, this sounds like it’s up my alley. However, having rage-quit this show about half a season in, I do not understand all the five- or even four-star reviews on Netflix. I’d give the show one star for the interactions between Linden and Holder, and maybe one more star for the acting—although damn, did some of the side characters’ actors really bring the show down!
However, never would I give this show more than two stars. Never would I recommend anyone see it, unless I hated that person, I guess. The characters were inconsistent and the writing opened up way too many doors through which the plot just kind of waved rather than stepped.
***I’ll try to avoid big spoilers, but there will be little ones.***
***That said, please don’t worry about spoilers because you shouldn’t watch the show anyway.***
The Initial Plot
The show’s main thread is, obviously, the murder of Rosie Larsen and the subsequent police investigation by Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman). Linden is set to leave her job with the Seattle Police Department in order to move down to California with her soon-to-be husband, taking her young teenage son with her. Holder is transferring from Narcotics to Homicide to replace her. We also see the Larsen family’s attempts to cope with their grief as well as some back story regarding Rosie’s life and her father’s former shady work history. The third main thread consists of the ups and downs of city councilman Darren Richmond’s election campaign. Read more