Guest Author - Amy Romine
The Killing follows the police investigation of the murder of a young girl, tying together three interlocking stories as investigators chase a variety of leads.
Sounds pretty standard, almost a mix of 24 and Twin Peaks. The cast consists of a list of no-named actors. The only mentionable billing would be Michelle Forbes, who is brilliant in her portrayal of the mother of Rose Lawson.
The main character, Sarah Linden, is the lead detective in the case. The only evidence of a crime is a bloody pink sweater. It is Sarah’s last day on the job having decided to move to sunny Sonoma. Her replacement, Detective Stephen Holder arrives and joins her on this last case.
So why do I love this show? It is set in Seattle, so the weather is dark and gloomy. The filming is movie-esque and the writing is subtly poignant. The writers allow the characters to move the story along within the portrayal rather than through dialog alone.
Not only does this take an amazing amount of trust on the writer’s part, but an incredible cast to pull it off. The mood of the show is somber, you are looking for the light at the end of the nightmare. There are glimpses but they are few and far between. The plot gives you everything you need to remain glued to the screen, but yet they also give you nothing leaving you feeling empty and begging for more.
I compared this to 24, as it has several intertwined plots moving at the same time. The reactions, due to the writing are raw and believable. You find yourself guilt ridden as if you were watching this happening to real people.
This is my insight into the first two hours of the show, which counts as two episodes. The show has an infinite number of possible courses at this point. If it stays on the same path as it is headed, it will lay out a beautifully intricate story that will keep us at seat’s edge through it all. If for some horrid reason the writing is changed, it will most likely not survive. This show’s writing is palpable and the actors are able to ride the wave of the plot with ease, to change this would create a fissure that will not maintain the illusion it has created.
My hopes are so very high for this new drama. If you have not seen it, watch it. It is worth the hour every week. You will see nothing like it anywhere else and you do not want to miss it. Be on the crest of the wave, it is coming I guarantee it.
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