The Killing "Missing" 6/5/2011 *spoilers*

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  1. Jun 6, 2011 #1 of 40
    DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I'll be interested to see what people thought of this episode. It was very much a departure from the rest of the series. Personally, I'm kind of torn. In a way, I think it was a great episode of TV. We got to know the characters better and that character development has been sorely lacking in this show.

    On the other hand, this was episode 11 out of 13 of a murder mystery show. The search for Rosie's killer should be front and center at this point, and the noose should be tightening on someone. Instead, we got an entire episode that had absolutely nothing to do with the overarching mystery. Seems to me that this episode should have happened about 4th or 5th in the season, and then I wouldn't have had a problem with the timing of them taking a complete departure from the story.

    Other plot-specific complaints:
    -Are these people really detectives? If so, why don't they act like it? When they unlocked Jack's phone and saw the text saying that the mysterious person would be parked on some certain street corner at 7 am, why didn't they immediately drive to that location and start canvassing, see if any local businesses might have security cameras that would capture the street corner, etc.? Instead, they just sit in their car and smoke.
    -Linden is supposedly a lead homicide detective in a fairly large American city. Even if she doesn't own a car of her own, does she not have a car available for her use? Why did Holder have to spend the whole day playing chauffeur?
    -Holder is a recovering meth addict. His previous supervisor was aware of this. Doesn't seem like the type of person you'd want on the police force, let alone being promoted to homicide detective.
    -When will someone finally use an umbrella and stop opening their phones in a torrential downpour? Drives me nuts. Maybe rain is such a fact of life in Seattle that people don't pay any attention to it, but for those of us who actually hurry when we have to run through the rain, or try to protect ourselves from getting soaked, it's completely distracting to see these people just nonchalantly wandering through the rain and then getting into their cars without appearing to be wet at all.

    I'm sure there are more things to complain about, but I'll leave some of them for the rest of you.
     
  2. Jun 6, 2011 #2 of 40
    Rob Helmerichs

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    I thought it was horrible. Wasting 40 of 45 minutes on frikkin' Jack?!? It seared my eyeballs just to watch it.

    Maybe next week starts with Linden and Holder getting fired for taking the day off while in the middle of running a high-profile murder investigation. Then somebody new takes over, and solves the case in a single episode.
     
  3. Jun 6, 2011 #3 of 40
    robojerk

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    I'll finish the season, but I'm over the show.
    Linden now seems like a complete mess. She has no business leading an investigation.

    Instead of boring me with a political campaign this week, Linden's kid (or the search for him) was even more annoying. Maybe if she was a decent parent I would care. Her emotional distress has railroaded the investigation, now it's creating a juvenile delinquent.
     
  4. Jun 6, 2011 #4 of 40
    Cainebj

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    I didn't mind it - but it did show me how much I don't like the political campaign backstory since I didn't miss it.

    I also feel slightly duped - the first 80% of the show and the teacher has nothing to do with anything. Or does it? :D
     
  5. Jun 6, 2011 #5 of 40
    DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    We knew the teacher had nothing to do with it the moment they keyed on him in episode 2 or 3 of a 13 episode mystery. It was always obvious that he was a red herring, but I was still surprised at how long they let that red herring play out.

    It's exactly the opposite with the political campaign - they telegraphed from the beginning that the ultimate reveal has to have something to do with the campaign, or there would have been no reason to be showing it to us all this time.

    If AMC renews this show and doesn't replace the showrunner and the writing staff, there's no way I'm coming back. But I would be willing to give it another chance if they do make some changes to the creative team.
     
  6. Jun 6, 2011 #6 of 40
    farleyruskz

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    Bottle episode. :(
     
  7. Jun 6, 2011 #7 of 40
    TampaThunder

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    Maybe next week they give up on Rosie and try to find out who killed the kid. Or maybe they'll sit around and wonder why they didn't think of checking to see if Rosie had used her ATM card to make a withdrawal the night she went missing. Let's just hope they do something next week.
     
  8. Jun 7, 2011 #8 of 40
    Tracy

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    We thought this episode was mostly boring, although I did get pretty choked up during the scene where they went to see the dead body. Normally, I might have gotten more into this story of a missing child and the hell the mother might be going through, but I was distracted from it by the nagging thought of the murder going untended and the looming end of the show and how they were going to wrap it up in 2 episodes.

    Obviously, the ATM film must lead them somewhere significant and it *must* go back to the political group, otherwise I am going to feel pretty mislead. It seems they need one whole episode to find the person and then one to wrap it up with the family, etc. Rosie's dad is still in jail right? Seems like it is all going to be rushed.
     
  9. Jun 7, 2011 #9 of 40
    milliepuppy

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    surely it can't be her ATM card that she used ..... as they would have already have checked any activity on her accounts up to the date of her death ...

    ... guess were getting somewhere ... quite enjoying the plot departure at this point of the story having seen the original ... you sort of get used to the dead ends !!

    ... 2 to go !
     
  10. cheesesteak

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    I hope they both took personal days because neither one of them deserved to get paid for the almost total lack of police work they did during this episode.

    Man, Linden's got some skinny legs.

    Is it really that easy to guess someone's seven digit password? "Funions"? It'd be close to the end of time before I guessed that one. How many attempts does Jack phone allow?

    Speaking of Jack, every woman I know would still be going upside his head with her shoe for pulling the crap he did. Seattle CSI would have their hands full afterwards.

    It was nice to see Linden and Holder finally bond but good Lord, Linden is a mess. She never thought to ask the kid's father if he'd seen him?

    I thought it was funny how Linden would be walking in a torrential downpour but her face would be dry when she got in the car.

    I'll watch the remaining two episodes but frankly, I don't give a crap about Rosie any more.
     
  11. ADG

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    It was fine. Every series (even limited ones) have a lemon episode now and then. Clearly a filler.
     
  12. billypritchard

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    Worse than that, Holder specifically asked (cause he's not a terrible cop) if she had thought about the Dad.

    And you're right about their day. Was there nothing else connected to the case that Holder could have been doing, even if Linden had to run around chasing her punk kid?
     
  13. billypritchard

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    I did like some of their interactions. It just would have been better as a scene here and there over the past 10 episodes, not an entire episode with only two left in the season.
     
  14. sharkster

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    I just watched this ep last night. I found it profoundly boring and really - do I give one whit where her kid is? Does it tie into ANYTHING else? So, maybe this makes her and her kid get closer again? Again, do I care? No, I don't. Perhaps I'm alone in that, and that is fine.

    So they spend an entire work day, and half the night, on this. How does that make sense? The whole thing just left me stunned (and struggling to stay awake) and perplexed about questions, the answers to which I don't even see tying in to the story of the murder. If they did, then I think that point should have been made during this episode. Or did I just miss it during one of my nod-offs?
     
  15. Jon J

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    Yep. Forty five minutes I'll never get back. The episode had nothing to do with the program's theme...Rosie's death...or is that now a secondary plot.
     
  16. aRKade

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    Overall I thought it was a decent episode. I was a little disappointed that most of the hour was spend looking for Linden's son and was only bookended by information on the main investigation but liked the fact that we got to know a whole lot more about the main characters. I got the impression they both might have had the day off. Linden was out jogging and stumbled across "the Adela" which led her to the Casino. Because she was now a long distance from home and had more info on the case she called Holder to come and get her. I got the impression he had plans for the day since he had the gift and was making phone calls (to his estranged family?). They also had to wait to get the warrant to view the ATM recordings. Seems like a perfectly legitimate way for them to spend a day not focused on the case.
     
  17. robojerk

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    I don't think homicide detective just get a day off. Especially when they're working high profile cases and have zero leads.

    Also Linden just stumbling on the Adela was blind dumb luck. If it hadn't had been for that luck it seems like Rosie's murder would have never been solved.
     
  18. DevdogAZ

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    I think you're missing the point. The writers clearly want this show to be about the characters, and this season of the show to be about Rosie Larsen's murder. Remember, if the show gets renewed, they're going to likely have the same characters following a different murder next season, and viewers will need to have some interest in the characters if the viewers are expected to return for S2. I have no problem at all with the writers deciding to spend some time fleshing out the characters and helping us get to know them a little better. What I do have a problem with is them getting this close to the end of the mystery and then taking a complete detour away from it. This character stuff should have been fleshed out much earlier in the season so we would have cared about the characters before now.

    As for whether the events of this episode have anything to do with the ongoing case, perhaps Linden being scared for her son and thinking that he may be dead will make her a little more empathetic to Mitch Larsen and their interactions won't be so stilted.
     
  19. Cainebj

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    Um - I thought the show already got renewed for a second season? Am I wrong?
     
  20. Rob Helmerichs

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    There's a second season in Denmark (and a third in the works), but I don't think anything has been announced for the American show.
     

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