AMC`s ‘The Killing’ Holds Its Own With Episode 3, ‘El Diablo!’

April 12, 2011 by  
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The 3rd episode of The Killing held its own in ratings; the premiere had 2.7 million viewers, while El Diablo had 2.6 million. That means viewers are returning and will probably be loyal to the AMC slow burn of a noir crime fiction series. Who knows, maybe it will build up steam. Boy, that devil mask was scary! And those two punks are stealing the show – you know, Jasper Ames and Kris Echols.

And what about the music? Listen for the grinding track by Fran Bak right as the show ends. And can you imagine these two punks videoing the rape of Rosie Larsen down in The Cage. The videoing takes on a realistic tone against such incidents that have occurred on social media. And when Mitch Larsen learns that her daughter drowned, she simulates it in the bathtub. Shocking!

And the janitor clip was a nice little sideshow; he drilled the peep hole so he could peep into The Cage. Therefore, he saw part of the crime. Another sidebar is whether Sarah Linden will get away for her wedding. It doesn`t look good; she`s too busy trying to solve the Rosie Larsen murder. I wonder what the writers were thinking when they created Kris Echols` character? Brilliant character creation! Remember Damien Echols?

AMC`s New Series ‘The Killing’ – A Fresh Approach To A Whodunit!

April 4, 2011 by  
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Yesterday a friend of mine on Facebook recommended a new series on AMC, The Killing, that was premiering Sunday night. I went ahead and recorded it and am reviewing the taping this morning. The pilot is two hours long, but the remainder of the first season will consist of 13 episodes, each of which will chronicle one day of investigation into the murder of a teenager Rosie Larsen. I just watched the ending (of the pilot), where detective Stephen Holder discovers the cage, “where the real Halloween party goes down.”

Well, the first part was really good! Reviews are sterling as well. Mireille Enos is fantastic as Sarah Linden, the lead detective. The executive producer Veena Sud describes the series as “slow-burn storytelling in a sense that every moment that we don`t have to prettify or gloss over or make something necessarily easy to digest, that we`re able to go to all sorts of places that are honest, and dark, and beautiful and tragic, in a way that is how a story should be told.” (The Killing Brings Murder to AMC by Eric Goldman)

The pilot was directed by Patty Jenkins, which immediately caught my eye, since Patty had directed Monster, the grueling story of our first female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos. The music was quite nice also, but I haven`t found out who did it yet. I like the approach, where we get to witness the investigation in nearly real time. It`s a who done it, and I`m already suspicious of Seattle mayor candidate, Darren Richmond. Since this is so obvious, he must not be the right one. The mood of the series reminds me of Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood.