‘The Killing’ on AMC, A TV Review from Cinema Static

by on April 10, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

The Killing stars Mireille Enos (Big Love), Billy Campbell (The 4400), Joel Kinnaman (Easy Money), Michelle Forbes (True Blood, In Treatment), Brent Sexton (Life, W.), Kristin Lehman (Drive) in a crime drama like no other, as it “follows the police investigation of the murder of a young girl, tying together three interlocking stories as investigators chase a variety of leads.”

'The Killing' promo poster

It’s produced by Ron French (Battlestar Galactica, Defying Gravity) & Dawn Prestwich (Carnivale, FlashForward) & written by Veena Cabreros Sud (Cold Case).

'The Killing' - Joel Kinnaman

'The Killing' - Joel Kinnaman

When I first heard of the concept of The Killing a long time ago, it didn’t grab my attention.  Yet I had not seen the 2-hour premiere and just saw the creative team behind the show, I would have been excited. Having seen the 2-hour premiere, I think, well no kidding. It makes perfect sense.

The premiere of The Killing on AMC introduces us to a number of characters from a number of backgrounds that will be deeply involved (I presume) in the murder investigation of one Rosie Larson (Katie Findlay).  And the introduction of so many characters in a premiere episode was done beautifully and what I like to call organic.  The characters stories were not forced on the viewer, but presented as part of the story as we watched it.  That’s my first clue to the quality of a series.

'The Killing' - Mireille Enos

Mireille Enos

Detective Sarah Linden (Enos) was just leaving for her new life when she’s handed one last case, which it seems, is drawing her in. Enos plays a very wise & insightful street detective who seems to see that little detail most might miss at first and she seems pretty dedicated once she latches onto the trail of a suspect.

She meets the guy who was going to take over her office, Stephen Holder (Kinnaman) who has such an odd approach to how his character interacts with others that it annoys you until that is, he employs it when talking to suspects.

The problem is, the way the show is presented, pragmatically speaking, there are so many suspects it’s crazy. The actors cast aren’t’ any clue either. (Sometimes you can read a story before it unfolds by seeing who is cast in it… but not this time.)

The two hour premiere sucked this viewer right in and never let go. Despite the 6 to 8 minute AMC commercial breaks, the momentum of the emotional anchor the show sets up sets it’s hooks in you and does not let go.  It’s one of those shows that leads into the commercial break with a new discovery that isn’t let on until you return and I suspect will be one of those shows that when the episode ends, you will hate having to wait a week to see the next one.

But life is cruel that way.

AMC has hit it out of the park yet again with what looks like an incredible drama that is forcing me to make room on my DVR viewing schedule yet again. I thought I had no more time or room for another show, but when a show pops up that is this good, it’s strange how you can manage to make the time or the room for it.

'The Killing' - behind the scenes with Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman

AMC’s The Killing is such a show. And I recommend it highly. (When do you hear Cinema Static ever say that?)  AMC’s The Killing website is pretty interactive and even has a suspect tracker.  Good, I think we’re going to need it.  The only downside I saw with the show, is the length of the commercial breaks.  AMC really pummels us with their investors, but what the heck, if that’s who helped bring the show to the air and the network and thus, my TV, so be it!  (Cripes, when do you ever here me say THAT!?)

The Killing airs on AMC on Sundays at 10 pm.

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