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The Killing: A Walk Through the Darker Side of Humanity
I have always enjoyed an edge-of-my-seat, suspenseful "whodunit", especially when the plot lines are intelligent and complex, as they are in The Killing. My obsession with The Killing began one night when I was channel-surfing and happened up on a repeat of the first two episodes. Needless to say, after watching those first two episodes I was hooked!
Season 1 of The Killing follows detectives Linden and Holder, an unlikely pair, as they work against the clock to solve the mysterious disappearance of Rosie Larsen. The show is set in Seattle, and the persistent overcast skies and intermittent rain add to the gloom and darkness of the story. The writers of this show take the viewer on a ride through the dark part of humanity, and prove the old saying, "we may think we know those closest to us, but we never truly know everything about a person". In The Killing, old secrets, lies long-forgotten, ambitious politicians, and newly formed corrupt alliances all come together in one moment, and end in the disappearance and death of one young girl.
The writers do an amazing job of demonstrating the excruciating toll grief can take on the families left behind when a child goes missing. For instance, when Rosie's mother is unable to handle her grief, and abandons her husband and two younger children for a period of time. As the show progresses, we are shown how grief affects every person differently. Specifically highlighted are the anger and feelings of helplessness, which stem from an individual's grief, the ways in which these emotions can lead to someone behaving in a manner completely out of character. For example, when Rosie is first discovered to be missing, notes found in her room lead detectives to one of her teachers, a Muslim man, who becomes the main suspect, and subsequently the target of her father's anger. Although her teacher is cleared of any wrongdoing, bias on the part of the community, along with intense media and public scrutiny, lead to him continuing to be the focus of the investigation long after it is clear he did not have anything to do with Rosie's disappearance.
I personally found the honest portrayal of the long hours spent by law enforcement officers chasing down countless dead-end leads, and the overwhelming emotional toll this type of case takes on them, to resemble true life more accurately than the majority of detective programs on TV. This is frequently shown by lead detective Linden, who becomes so engrossed by Rosie's case, that she continually works on the case even after she has left the office. This causes her to become an absentee mother, and adversely affects her relationship with her son. By watching The Killing the viewer truly gains an understanding of just what all law enforcement officers must undertake on a daily basis in order to get the job done.
If you are looking for a new serial detective TV show, with well developed characters, loads of intrigue, and is thought provoking, then The Killing is definitely right up your alley. The Killing is now into season 4, and I cannot wait to find out what the writers have in store for Linden and Holder next.
Do you enjoy serial detective T.V. shows?
A must see if you want to find out who killed Rosie.
Awesome trailer! This outlines the basic plot line of Season 1, but do not be fooled, there are surprises around every corner.
In this clip Rosie's death is confirmed and the tension between Linden and Holder becomes obvious.
Really cool video tribute which sums up the pivotal scenes in Season 1.