Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Don't give up on "The Killing"...

I know I am not the only one who loved The Killing from the moment the series debuted in 2011. Based on a Danish series, the AMC series starred Mireille Enos as a workaholic homicide detective Sarah Linden and Joel Kinnaman as her imbalanced, drug-addicted partner Stephen Holder.

The acclaimed first season ended after thirteen episodes without resolution. No one knew who killed Rosie Larsen. Cue the backlash. Cue the controversy. American audiences were disgusted that a show would dare to leave them hanging past the first season. It took another thirteen episodes to reveal what happened, but many had already deserted the once mighty series. Thus, the series was cancelled. And I was devastated.

But, miraculously, AMC revived The Killing for a third season. Twelve episodes to resolve a new crime. Many of the key ingredients from the first two season were missing - mainly supporting actors Billy Campbell and Michelle Forbes - but Peter Sarsgaard single handedly made up for that. Pacing certainly was an issue once again. The series did not need twelve episodes to find out what happened to the missing girls. But twelve episodes is better than twenty-six, right? I guess not. AMC cancelled the series once again. This time for good.

Luckily, for those like me, Netflix came to the rescue. The online streaming website picked up The Killing for a final season of six episodes. One case over 26 episodes. A second case over 12 episodes. Is it possible for creator Veena Sud to deliver a story in six episodes?

Everything about season four works. Enos and Kinnaman are outstanding in their roles once again. And we add one of my absolutely favourite actresses, Joan Allen! In the final six episodes, which pick up immediately after season three, we find Linden and Holder reeling. Will there be consequences for the decisions they made? The case involves the murder of a family whose son is away at boys' military academy run by Allen.

In six episodes the case unfolds and is solved. Linden and Holder each deal with serious family complications of their own. The finale is so satisfying that I encourage all of you to go back and watch. Imagine what The Killing could have accomplished from the beginning with such simplicity.

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