The Killing: Season 1
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Following a shocking murder, the lives of the police, suspects and victim's family are intricately woven together in this "spellbinding" (TV Guide) series starring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, This engrossing series has earned huge acclaim, as well as a Golden Globe® nomination and multiple Emmy® nominations in its first season!
Orpheus Descending – Extended Season Finale
An Autopsy of The Killing
Commentary on Orpheus Descending
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The lead actors are nothing short of magnificent in their realistic portrayals of gritty, self-effacing investigators, who see the worst "humanity" can dish out on at least a daily basis and yet remain doggedly focused on fact finding, filling in the gaps, sniffing out the fishy excuses and explanations - all the while withstanding the not at all supportive attitude of supervisors and administrators. It was not until the third episode that I caught onto the fact that each episode represents a consecutive calendar day in the story (duh). They do not rub your face in it, like the series 24 started out dramatically announcing the hour represented by each episode (nonetheless, another favorite series of mine).
The series itself is circumspect. Issues ongoing in each character's life emerge subtly, like a wisp of smoke trickling from beneath a closed door suggesting the real possibility of a smoldering hot spot well on its way to becoming an uncontrollable and destructive inferno. Linden (Mireille Enos) is unrecognizable with no makeup, plain-Jane hair pulled into a tail at the back of her neck, always in the standard issue leggings, knee-high boots or running shoes, and layered T-shirts, sweaters, and simple insulated jackets. She adores her son, yes, but her heart belongs truly to her passion for determining the who, how, when, and exactly the why of the tragedy laid at her feet in the form of a senseless extermination of an innocent person. With each episode the viewer discovers another piece of her past. To describe Linden as a strong female character is insipid. What female cop portrayed in recent memory is not strong? However, to witness her strength in her determination, persistence, physicality, refusal to be deterred from her plan of action, and more - once we know about her childhood, recent past, and struggle to commit to a future that separates her from her true love - then heroism or messianic fervor are obviously better descriptors.
Holder (Joel Kinnaman), her partner, defies comparison with any fictional cop or investigator in my memory. Take Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) from Breaking Bad and add another 7-8 inches in height and maybe 30-40 pounds, ramp up the brooding loner vibes, and give him a strong case of verborrhea (as Linden says, "You do not have to say absolutely everything that comes into your mind") with a style of speaking that nails him dead-on as a veteran drug user - he was an undercover cop before becoming Linden's partner - and you have an idea of where that character is heading. I must admit, his speech is so mumbled and street-style in vocabulary and tonality that I admit to turning on captions in a few spots in order to figure out what he was saying. It was worth it. Linden and Holder play off - and against - each other as if they are grown and striving to be polite siblings from a dysfunctional family who don't want to revisit the past. This is a partnership that I am going to hate to see end, at the series finale.
I could go on, but best for the reader to dive into episode 1, season one, and see if you can resist going on to the next episode. And the next.
This is a must watch series for anyone who likes suspenseful crime drama shows. IMO the best there is out there right now.