Fans and critics alike were angered when the last few episodes of AMC's The Killing dropped a series of sudden, unfounded twists leading us to one season-ending conclusion: Detective Sarah Linden is about a million miles from solving the Rosie Larsen murder.
The series that showed so much promise as a crime show that delved beneath the superficial nature of the wasteland of procedurals on network TV revealed itself to be little more than a season-long version of every CSI and Law and Order episode. The relationships and emotional conflict forged in Detective Linden's life as well as among the slain Rosie Larsen's family took a backseat to the whodunnit game. The series' edge is relegated to the unnecessary turn towards a string of red herrings whose only purpose seems to be to extend the mystery for another season.
As Season Two begins, we unravel the fallout of Season One, in which we learn that Councilman Richmond, the main suspect for all of Season One, is in the clear, and it's time to assess a series of sinister, rainy shots of other characters. Mireille Enos shows us why she earned that Emmy nomination as she attempts to bring depth to her storyline. Linden grasps desperately at straws to maintain her relationship with her son, but the subplot is never able to get legs because we're too concerned with adding more clues to the pile. The beauty of solving a mystery over two entire seasons is that there's time for the mushy stuff, but The Killing seems determined to squander it.
Did you watch The Killing's premiere? Did it win you back? Or do you think it delivered more of the same?
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