As a huge fan of the AMC drama who will tune in for its second season, I hope the writers can somehow find the momentum of the first five episodes and offer fans less filler and more meat. Those first few episodes pulling back the layers of the onion or the possible suspects against a background of gloomy Seattle skies were “killer” and strong in drama, plot and character development. Fast forward to the last few episodes that were slow in all these elements and left me wanting more…more…more of what made the show excellent in the first place.
Mirelle Enos as Detective Sarah Linden, a dogged crime solver who’s challenged in motherhood, is a constant on the show, always highly watchable but it’s the plot that’s often the pitfall. While The Killing definitely sustained the suspense while showing us an intimate look of the homicide detectives and the victim’s family, the overload on the mystery and trying to sustain the suspense and make everyone a suspect has made the show lose focus and steam. And making each episode a day in the investigation also seemed to limit the creative freedom.
From the beginning, the earnest but smarmy politician Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell) seemed the guy but all along Sarah’s partner Stephen Holder seemed to have his own agenda. Now it seems that even though he’s earned the trust of his partner he’s planting evidence to make it look like Richmond killed Rosie Larsen.
The finale left enough cliff hangers for next season and I am one of those viewers who likes the serialized storytelling yet the three focuses of the show were uneven. At times, the segments with the victim’s family were the strongest and most a show and the mother played wonderfully by Michelle Forbes seemed some of the most honest scenes in the entire show.
Perhaps my comments seem over picky but it’s because this is definitely my kind of show and I think it could be much more consistently great if the writers pruned a bit in the suspense element and stayed more with the central characters and their development. It’s how they deal with the killing that’s much more dramatic than answering Who Killed Rosie Larsen?