‘The Killing’ Renewed By AMC – And Why You Should Check it Out, A Series Review!

by on June 13, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Mireille Enos in 'The Killing'AMC’s solid dramatic murder-mystery, The Killing, has been renewed for a 2nd season… which I find to be good news considering it didn’t sound like the show was going to wrap up the murder of Rosie anytime soon.

The Killing stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman as the detectives on the case and is the 2nd highest rated drama that AMC has aired to date.  The Walking Dead is their highest.

This show does something no other show does… it constantly keeps you guessing, throwing you curve ball after curve ball and they do it well enough to not annoy the viewers.  Every time you think the cops are on to something, they let it hang for a few episodes and then SLAM, the suspect is vindicated.  Though sometimes, being the suspect can be painful, at the hands of a frustrated parent.

There are so many characters and many of them can potentially be suspects.

Mireille Enos plays Det. Sarah Linden and Joel Kinnaman plays Det. Stephen Holder and I have to say if anyone has come out of left field in a TV series, it’s Kinnaman.

The dynamic between these two cops, forced to work together, is an incredible journey for both.  Linden was headed out to meet her fiancee in Nor Cal and Holder was going to take her place… but when the boss steps in and asks Linden to just cover this one last case, she takes it on reluctantly.  But then she becomes devoted to seeing the case through, despite the harm it’s doing to her son and potential husband to be, played by Callum Keith Rennie… one of my faves.

Joel Kinnaman in 'The Killing'Holder on the other hand hits you with a first impression of a street-tough gang member.  He’s so rough around the edges that you have no sympathy for him, though I do like his approach to questioning suspects.  Yet what looks like a street-punk cop, is someone who does have a heart and cares about folks.  Despite his limited delivery system… as in how he talks and what words he uses to convey his sympathetic feelings.

These two, last week, finally met somewhere in the middle and their incredibly stubborn and independent natures might have just melded after Holder gave up his plans for the day to help his partner find her son, who ended up sort of running away for the day.  But mom didn’t know it and Stephen was there for her.

I think that was one of the more powerful episodes in the season.

But before I say any more, I want to point out that I don’t want to take away from any other actor/character.  I don’t think there is a weak character in the house on this series.  And some genre fans have seen some faves grace the sets of The Killing.

We have Bill Campbell (The 4400), the nice politician whose learning it does not pay to be nice;

Michelle Forbes (True Blood, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek The Next Generation) as the distraught mother of the victim;

Brent Sexton (Deadwood, Life, Justified), as the distraught father of the victim;

Brian Markinson (Caprica) has been in a few eps and Stargate Universe‘s Patrick Gilmore has also graced the screen in this series.

Just to pick a few of the wonderful cast.

Talking about cast, with Callum Keith Rennie in the series, I’m suspicious.  I’m deploying my actor-pattern-recognition skills and wondering what with all the mis-directs and such that we’ve already had, and with Rennie’s recent past roles all being fairly evil… that I can think of that I’ve seen, (24, Harper’s Island, Battlestar Galactica), I can’t help but wonder if the series will do an end-around and have him turn out to be the murderer!  Just sayin’!  BTW:  Callum Keith Rennie will be in 2 episodes of the upcoming Syfy channel series, Alphas.

I’m NOT looking forward to this Sunday’s season finale of The Killing because that means it will be ending my weekly indulgence into this wonderful series that transcends the usual crime-drama and drags you right into everyone’s story.

AMC has ordered a 13 episode 2nd season of the Fox Television Production of The Killing.

Available for preorder or VoD,  The Killing on Amazon

[ hollywoodreporter.com: killing-renewed ]

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