The Killing is AMC's new murder mystery, and at first glance it sounds a bit like Twin Peaks. The moody-looking show's promo, 'Who Killed Rosie Larsen?' may remind you of 'Who Killed Laura Palmer?'—that, and the pretty teenage girl whose horrific murder is only the beginning to a story that unravels with dark secrets, complicated characters, and a wet and gloomy Pacific Northwest setting.
The Killing is a remake of the 2007 Danish series Forbrydelsen (“The Crime”), and like the Danish show, the story follows Sarah Linden, a Fargo-esque police detective played by Mireille Enos. She’s about to leave Seattle to get married when she’s drawn into the investigation of Rosie Larsen's murder.
Each episode of The Killing covers one day of the investigation, and we quickly learn that not only was Rosie's murder brutal and terrifying ("Why are her fingernails broken?" Rosie's mother asks in one scene), Rosie's death seems to be connected to the election campaign of a local councilman.
Meanwhile, Sarah is struggling to train her replacement, an ex-narcotics cop named Stephen Holder played by Joel Kinnaman. The Chicago Sun-Times says of Kinnaman's character, "You’ll hate him at first sight — and then start looking forward to hating him as a break from all the grief."
So far critics have mostly been praising the show, with a number of positive reviews coming in:
"…excellent, absorbing and addictive. When each episode ends, you long for the next — a hallmark of great dramas." — The Hollywood Reporter
"…soaked in atmosphere and steeped in the stark realism of Scandinavian crime novelists Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson. (It's) not as much about a young girl's murder as it is a psychological study of what happens afterward, how a tight-knit community tries to recover and how a dead child's mother, father and siblings learn to deal with their pain in their own private ways." — The Vancouver Sun
"What really stands out for me, in this age of cookie-cutter procedurals, is how The Killing dramatizes the devastation a violent death has on a family, a community, on the people involved in the investigation. Nothing about this show is routine." — TV Guide
Whoo! It sounds…well, maybe a little rough to watch? But I'm intrigued—AMC is the same network that created Breaking Bad, my very favorite television series of all time, and one that's DEFINITELY a little rough to watch at times.
The two-hour premier of The Killing debuts this Sunday on AMC. I've got my TiVo set to record it, what about you?
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