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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 23, 2011 at 10:50 AM

How are you feeling about “The Killing”?

Is anyone else feeling as up-and-down about this show as I am? After a terrific start, the show at midpoint (last night’s episode was number 9 of 13) has been flailing a bit. While I loved some of the drama in the most recent episode (directed by Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland — “Europa, Europa” — who’s switched her milieu in the past few years primarily to TV), and don’t mind the show’s deliberately slow pace, some of the plot points seemed a little ridiculous. (Two Seattle girls would just happen to have the exact same pink Grand Canyon T-shirt? Linden, who’s been the picture of restraint, would suddenly and wildly irresponsibly promise the victim’s mother that “it will be all over tonight”? An entire subplot about female circumcision is being thrown in as a red herring and, apparently, nothing more? And just how corrupt is that mayor?)
But then there was that powerful moment in which the camera pivoted around Bennett Ahmed’s now-empty classroom to see the word “Killer” on the blackboard, or that final, shadowy shot of Stan Larsen and his employee (kind of a surrogate son, really) as they take matters into their own hands. And I’m still loving the performances, particularly Joel Kinnaman’s loopy Detective Holder and Michelle Forbes as the haunted, grieving Mitch Larsen. Mireille Enos is frustrating me a bit as Linden; it makes sense that this detective has learned to not emotionally connect with her work, but I think we need to see her connect to something (and probably not that presumably now-forgotten fiance in Sonoma) — and we need to know why a detective presumably this smart would make the kind of silly mistakes we see her make in this episode. (We also need to know why she has an endless supply of extremely bulky crew-neck sweaters, but that’s a question for another day.)
Are you still watching the show? What do you think? The endless, very non-Seattle-like rain seems to be lessening a bit, but I’m still getting thrown by some of the Vancouver locations. (I could have sworn the chase scene last night was at the Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver — which looks nothing like Pike Place — but then Linden hopped on an escalator, which GIPM doesn’t have, so I haven’t a clue where that was. Anyone?) Anyone else think Gwen is the killer?

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