Who Killed Rosie Larsen is the subtitle and main plot point behind The Killing with detective Sarah Linden played by Mireille Enos and Stephen Holder played by Joel Kinnaman.
Film making 12/25
Bonus Features 14/25
The Killing is a pretty good police drama set in rainy Seattle, Washington where a murder is investigated all season long by detective Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder. Sarah played by Mireille Enos is leaving Seattle to move in with her new fiancé in San Diego but is thrown into one last case.
On her last day a new detective is arriving, Stephen Holder is played by Joel Kinnaman who is transferring from narcotics and moving up to homicide. Their lives are intertwined in new and unusual ways as the case goes from simple murder to political thriller and even possible terrorist incident.
The season long case becomes a look at one suspect at a time while throwing the hidden personal aspects of each character slowly into the daylight. You get a slow look at each character involved in the case and while each has their own personality quirks and past histories they are too slow to get to most of the good stuff.
I kept thinking both when I looked into the show a1nd throughout watching each episode of the first season how could they possibly make a series about a single murder. How could a single murder fill an entire season much less continue on to several seasons for a series and still capture the attention of viewers.
The Killing just did not disappoint in my fears and after the season one finale I was terribly disappointed to learn that there is no resolution this season. They string the audience along taking a close look at the obvious suspects and an episode or three later throw out that candidate to go after the next most likely suspect on their list.
Problem is this turns out to be the least likely on their list as events just point fingers and accusations at their current suspect when in fact they were totally innocent. Several reviewers also thought this and comments like a 20 hour Law & Order without the verdict makes a lot of sense and strikes at the heart of the problem.
I have to say my first impressions and fears were fully fleshed out by the end episode and with more viewer frustration instead of anticipation for the upcoming season premiere. After watching the full season I really have no wish to watch the upcoming season and unless I get a review copy will probably not bother with any of it.
The Killing may be worth a look for those who like series long plots in the same vein as Lost but if you are more a single episode viewer this may not be your cup of tea. I find that season long overall plots are alright but I want more closure at least by the end of a season and The Killing gives none.
Video for the DVD edition of The Killing is pretty good but the Blu-ray edition is problematically not much better than the DVD version. The Blu-ray is only three discs while the DVD has four discs but both have about the same video quality and the differences between them really don’t matter.
The gray and gloomy rain with overcast skies of Seattle make for a pretty gloomy backdrop but both editions have enough good color and clear video that the series looks good. I had several instances during the Blu-ray edition where grain and general clarity would make me wonder what was going on with video but overall it looks alright.
Audio for both versions is about the same as well with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound on the Blu-ray and 5.1 Dolby Digital on the DVD. Both audio tracks are very good but lack any real punch for rear or side speakers so the audio works well but surround is not used very much.
Other than the lack of rear speaker use audio is fine and pretty good for most of the series so audio and video is not going to be a killer for this series nearly as much as the main plot. Extras for both editions are the same with audio commentary, a gag reel???, deleted and extended scenes as well as a making of feature.
There is enough bonus content that the season is better fleshed out but not enough to make you sit up and take notice of the extras. The audio commentary, deleted and extended scenes and making of are pretty typical of extras and the gag reel does make you laugh a little especially considering the genre.
The Killing has no extras that are really worth the time and with both editions having basically the same stuff it really does not matter which version you buy. If you go with the Blu-ray or the DVD you are first going to have to enjoy a series long plot instead of an episodic one so The Killing may not be for everyone.
I really did not like The Killing and would have been a little more understanding if the general story had been better but as the plot never really advanced I was disappointed. I really can’t recommend The Killing for a purchase unless you really enjoy the series long plots that according to press releases will be solved by the end of season 2.
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