I was able to watch the 2-episode premiere of The Killing on demand for free. The pilot spends a surprising amount of time developing the characters, instead of starting right off with the murder. As various characters start to worry about the whereabouts of Rosie Larsen, the audience knows things are going to take a turn for the worst at some point. And when it does hit, oh does it hit. The next episode starts to deal with the aftermath of Rosies murder.
The characters are pretty well written imo. One of the kid characters came off a bit bratty at times, but it wasn’t too big of a deal for me. Mitch and Stans reaction to the death of there daughter and there subsequent struggle to explain it to there younger children was pretty realistic. Lindens inner conflict between moving away with her family(Fiancee and son) and wanting to get do whats right and solve Rosies murder felt well written. Darrens quest to accomplish his political goals while trying to keep a moral compass i found interesting. And Sterling attempt to cover for Rosie felt well done, and i genuinely wondered what she was hiding. Jasper had only a little screen-time, but i think he has potential, and i loved his scene with Linden.
Of course, the characters would fall flat without good acting, and i think all the actors seem to fit there roles so far. I think Bill is particularly good in his role as Darren, and i feel the child actors do a good job considering the tragic circumstances there characters find themselves in. Richard seems to have the charismatic douchebag role down pat(He actually remained me of Ton from the original Skins), and i loved his scene with Linden.
The look of the show fits the melancholy feel of the show. There are a lot of shadows, and a lot of the outdoor scenes take place in rain. The actors aren’t glamed up like actors usually are on tv. This combined with the other elements of the show gives this the show a pretty realistic look. I personally enjoyed this aspect of the show, and i feel it is the shows most unique aspect so far. While the show does have more important older characters than most shows, eve the younger actors aren’t given the glamorous treatment.
My interest has definitely has been piqued. I will say it seemed like the tragic elements of the show was a bit overdone, but i realize that since this was 2 episodes back to back maybe i won’t have the same feeling when it is only 1 episode per week. Anyways,i will withhold judgment until further episodes before stating that as a major flaw. Overall, i am going to try to keep up with this series, and i think for anyone who doesn’t mind a bit of tragedy in there tv shows its worth a look.
One thing i am really hoping is that the murderer isn’t Jasper.That would be too obvious imo