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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

June 6, 2011 at 9:40 AM

“The Killing” perks up — by slowing down

Who would have thought that what “The Killing” needed was to move even slower? Yesterday’s episode put pretty much everything on hold — the murder investigation (except for a couple of minutes at the beginning and end), the Larson family, the mayoral sideshow, even Linden’s bulky sweaters — for an hour of Linden and Holder slowly bonding, Mulder-and-Scully style, over fast food and cigarettes as they searched for Linden’s missing son. And, without all the nonsense about political operatives we’ve learned to not care about (though I still think Gwen’s going to turn out to be the killer) and mysteriously coincidental pink T-shirts, the show suddenly became compelling again. We learned a bit about Linden’s background: Regi, it turns out, is her social worker; a rock for Linden after a childhood spent in foster homes — and we learned that the last time Linden got obsessed with a case involved a child facing a similar fate. It was lovely to see Mireille Enos relax, even as she showed us Linden’s devastation on fearing the worst about her son (who turned out to be with his dad — hmm, did we know that his father was around?); her expression, as she entered the empty motel room at 3:30, was a heartbreaking contrast to Linden’s usual set jaw. And Joel Kinnaman’s Holder, all nervous energy as he awkwardly tries to help while nonetheless constantly saying the wrong thing, was a kick as usual, particularly when he explains his dietary theories. (It’s OK for vegetarians to eat pork rinds, because “that’s junk food, so it doesn’t count.” )
Two more weeks to go. Do you agree that this put-on-the-brakes-on-an-already-slow-moving-car episode was a big leap forward? Think you know who killed Rosie? (Could it be Jack’s dad? That mean casino lady? Regi?) Are you still watching?

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