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The Killing - Should I Watch?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by tivoboyjr, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Yeah, it's not really a train wreck.

    It's more like the train derailed, and they got out and started walking along the tracks. And they take frequent breaks. And wander off sometimes. But eventually, they remember they're supposed to be going somewhere, and wander back to the tracks, and walk along them some more.

  2. staplet2

    staplet2 New Member

    Jun 16, 2012
    I watched the first season as it was airing and found it to be very frustrating. It wasn't up to AMC's usual standards, like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and even the short-lived Rubicon.

    That being said, I've heard that the season that's ending tonight has been better, but still not up to most people's standards.

    I'd skip it until it begins to get better reviews (if it in fact does get renewed).
  3. fliptheflop

    fliptheflop Member

    Sep 20, 2005
    :D Exactly
  4. mm2margaret

    mm2margaret Meagan

    Dec 7, 2010
    I've watched both seasons 1 and 2. Yes, I had problems with season 1 and the way it ended, but season 2 is much better. I would suggest you should check out the thread on the Killing, but that thread contains spoilers. But if you did, you would lots of folks here enjoyed it. There have been a few here that did not like it, and they were very vocal.

    It's very much a mood piece, and it moves slowly, sometimes very slowly (especially in the first season), as they try and find out who killed rosie larson. And in some ways, I suspect any real investigation goes that way, where some times the investigators go down the wrong path, because they make some bad assumptions, or don't get the evidence clearly enough. In that sense, the Killing gets it right. I think we're all jaded, or at least influenced from all the cop shows we see where the investigation goes right to the killer. I sincerely doubt most investigations, real investigations work that way.

    But really, the only way to know for sure is to watch a few episodes.
  5. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    Based on this thread, I just marathoned my way through S01 and enjoy it. But it helps to plan my own breaks.

    Onward to S02 ...
  6. billypritchard

    billypritchard Embiggener

    May 7, 2001
    St. Louis, MO

    Watched the first season, didn't come back for the second.
  7. tivoboyjr

    tivoboyjr Unregistered User

    Apr 28, 2003
    I thought I'd report back that I did watch The Killing. It held my interest and I got through it, but it wasn't a very good show. Meaning I thought the writing was sloppy and a lot of what happened just didn't make sense or was the result of too many coincidences.

    And maybe it being so flawed is part of what kept me going with it to the end.

    The way I'd sum up this show is that it's Twin Peaks if it were made by someone who worked on Cold Case instead of David Lynch. Pretty much the same general story, but without the quirkiness and more TV show cliches.

    I think the concept could have worked (I saw where the show was canceled) if they did one case per season and had better writing (fewer red herrings, more real police work, fewer stereotypical characters, etc). I thought the acting was generally pretty good, but the actors didn't always have much to work with.
  8. spidershowl11

    spidershowl11 New Member

    Jul 25, 2012
    The Danish original was stylish, haunting, gripping, realistic, superbly acted, beautifully shot, and had soul. This scene for scene copy has none of those things, so why bother making it? Within about 20 seconds of the opening it became clear that nobody involved in this understands how to create tension and draw the audience in.

    Mireille Enos in the lead role is so different to Sofie Grabol, with little of the talent or charisma of the Danish star. Not her fault of course, but nobody who has seen the original will be happy with this performance. In truth, each of the main players here is inferior to their Danish counterpart. It smacks of shoddiness and cost-cutting. I can't watch this - watch the original instead.
  9. David Platt

    David Platt !Texas TCF Club

    Dec 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
    Is the American version a scene-by-scene remake? I've read a lot of media coverage of the show, and I've never heard that before.
  10. robojerk

    robojerk Active Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    Laguna Hills CA
    From what I have heard, the pilot was. I still need to see the danish one
  11. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    The first couple of episodes are shot-by-shot. Then, it veers off, more and more as it goes.

    And AFAIC, the differences almost all weaken the story. (A notable exception is Holder, who is a much more interesting character in the American version...in the Danish one, he serves only to be a dick-headed obstruction to Linden, and then
    to die because of Linden's stubborn disregard for protocol.
  12. ellinj

    ellinj Seems Very Friendly TCF Club

    Feb 26, 2002
    Is Season 3 a complete killing 2.0 or is there a carryover to a fourth season like season's 1+2?
  13. mike_k

    mike_k Registered User TCF Club

    Sep 20, 2005
    Mason, OH
    Season 3 is complete - there will be some character stuff that will carry over, but the killer is revealed.
  14. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    I'm somewhere between 'if you have nothing else to watch and don't bother'.

    I watched S01, ditched out for S02, and watched S03 (because S03 was supposed to be, and it was, a whole new case). I don't think I'll be back. There are many WAY better crime dramas out there, IMO. way

    Aside from the really bad character writing, it just always felt to me like they were trying too hard.
  15. tivoboyjr

    tivoboyjr Unregistered User

    Apr 28, 2003
    I watched S3. It was better than the first two seasons. It is better than most TV cop shows, but that's not saying much. Mostly it was a way to kill some time until Breaking Bad came back. I like Holder. Not a fan of Mirielle Enos.
  16. ellinj

    ellinj Seems Very Friendly TCF Club

    Feb 26, 2002
    I just finished season 2, two many plot turns and generally felt like they could have skipped 10 -15 episodes out of the 26 and wouldn't have felt like I missed anything.
  17. wprager

    wprager Active Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Ottawa, Canada
    All those complaining should switch over and watch Broadchurch. Very similar premise to The Killing (S1/2) -- child murdered, everyone seems to be hiding something. But it's 8 episodes and it's done, so everything is more compact/streamlined.

    I will say, though, there's more humor in The Killing (Holder is a gas) and I'm probably going to be in the minority to say the acting is at least on par, and in some cases better. The parents in The Killing (IMO) did a fantastic job; the ones in Broadchurch were just less accessible, somehow.

    Anyhow, all the recent complaints are pretty much addressed in Broadchurch.

    Plus that cliff is awesome to watch -- almost a character in its own right.

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