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The Killing Review: Everybody Hurts

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Season two got off to a decent start eliminating Richmond as a suspect (but really, that would have been way too obvious), sending Stan Larsen back to his former Polish mob boss, and breaking apart the duo of Linden and Holder while sending the latter into a tailspin.

Essentially the slate was wiped clean and we're back to square one with no real idea of who killed Rosie Laresn. If you really think about it, you probably wouldn't even need to watch season one to catch up beyond knowing each of the characters.

Except "Numb" left me feeling exactly that: numb and perhaps a little bored. The episode really took the time to focus on its characters and how each has become dazed and trapped within their own feelings of gloom and rainy depression. Although even with a setting and tone of the show that revolves around the deep seated drama, at times the hour felt like it was dipping its toes a little too deep in the melodramatic pool.

I think everyone could just really use a big hug.

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Watching Mitch play the woe is me card was obnoxious to watch back during the freshman season and surprise, surprise, it still was painful. Maybe I just don't get it, but really, how can you just leave your husband, your children, your family, so you can go soul searching and wind up drinking in bars and hooking up with other men. She does not get my vote for mother of the year even if she is still grieving.

But hey, so is everyone else on this show. At least Stan is choosing to move forward, even if it involves bringing back Janek into his life.

It was rather interesting that Janek is somehow connected to Beau Soleil. Are we to assume that he ran the prostitution service? And with one of his men having the Japanese tattoo that was taken from the Super 8 video of Rosie on the day she died mean that the conspiracy runs right into the mob?

But was that tattooed crony really dumb enough to drive a Stan Larsen van right before he potentially burned down the shoe store that carried the Beau Soleil computers that Janek ended up moving/taking? The connections just seem to dot to dot too easily.

I smell another red herring on the horizon.

Yet even as the story really didn't seem to progress anywhere until the bitter end, there really is something riveting about watching Joel Kinnaman's performances. One minute he plays the cool uncle and the next he's filled with angst, frustration, and a feeling of not knowing what to do. He doesn't always need to speak exactly what's on his mind and rather we get to see his bumpy road of a path through his acting. Kinnaman brings a life to his character that truly shines, even if Holder is trapped in a particular darkness.

I'm glad that Linden finally came back to Holder because the two work great as a team and Holder certainly seemed on the brink of falling back into his old ways. I really was never sure what his final decision might be, but I think the two will be able to build a more solid trust as they dig deeper into the case. Time to find out more about that backpack.

Which, while I'm thinking of it, couldn't understand why the former Lieutenant Oakes took the backpack Holder had placed in evidence, only to easily give it up Linden. Why wouldn't he simply get rid of it? What was the point there beyond allowing Linden to realize what Holder had done?

As for Richmond, I'm still having a hard time jumping on board with his scenes. It's not for lack of character development because we know plenty and recognize his determination to succeed even against the odds. I guess because he's not really connected to the case anymore that makes me feel like what's the point. Unless somehow the campaign is drawn back into the murder for a second time…

Overall, this episode was a little too slow for my taste and coming off the heals of a promising premiere wasn't what I had expected in terms of pushing the show forward. The Killing remains interesting through its use of style and formula but it needs to find a way to combine the character struggles with the investigation on a more even level so I don't feel as numb as the characters do.

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Editor Rating: 2.8 / 5.0
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There is nothing here but negative comments about this show. That is amazing! Never saw that before. I liked the show at first, but now it's getting tedius. There are lots better writers here in the comments section than on this show! Good thing TV is in the doldrums right now (and Downton Abbey's over) or there would be no audience for this. I'm gonna keep watching just for giggles. And I like rain and ugly reindeer sweaters....

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this series is the worst fraud perpetrated on the TV audiences.
Writer ought to be shot and the 'stars" sent back to the assylum tnhery escaped from.
As for the star: she is a tiny,fat woman who constantly changes jackets.
Ugly,unwashed men and women run around, there are stories that don't connect - like the political sub-plot and after the producers had the gall to not reveal who'd gone done it after 13 segments, I almost kicked in my TV.
The producers should be fired.

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next years show is who killed amc? oh wait we know that already...the killing writers....shit or get off the pot for gods sake amc!!!

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I'm disappointed. Once again, we have two strong beginning episodes, and now it has begun to drag yet again with its lack of character development that is in any way interesting. The scenes with Mitch are a big "who cares?" and the holes in the investigation in Season 2 are just as silly.

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I didn't mind the pace of this episode or the first episode of the season. I enjoy watching Linden and Holder (although Linden's inability to actually explain anything to her son is really annoying), and I fast-forward through the rather obvious scenes with Mitch and some of the other family members. (I like Michelle Forbes but casting her in this part was a boneheaded move. Yes, they're grieving and having a hard time dealing with this change in their lives, but if you can't do anything unexpected with this, just use shorthand.) But is it really true they're not revealing the killer until the finale? I thought they had changed their minds. If they don't wrap it up in 1-2 more episodes, who's going to be watching?

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Little_Man_in_the_Red_Suit, you are spot on about the regurgitated plot lines. It has gotten to the point of almost being laughable. If the acting weren't so good on this show it would have been blasted by most critics. They just keep rehashing the same story lines. How many more suspects are going to wind up in the hospital before they catch the real killer. How many times does Mitch get to act like a rotten individual as part of her "grieving process" before most fans just wish she would off herself and join her daughter in the great beyond? I'm going to watch the next episode, but if it's just more of the same, I'm done. Who killed Rosie? I'm starting to really not care anymore.

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My wife died a horrible death last november. All I can say is that Stan and Mitch have come the closest to projecting the absolute mind numbing desperation I have felt since that day.

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Holder is just an amazing character. Linden is good too, but has grown somewhat stale. Still, those two characters should be in a show that is equal to them. They're not. People keep saying this show is full of red herrings, but a red herring is a small thing, like a magician's slight of hand to keep you from noticing how he or she does the real trick. This show rarely uses red herrings. They just outright lie. Everything we have learned about any character has later been proven false. In fact the only thing more disingenuous than the writing is when Sud opens her mouth to talk all that crap about "holistic" TV and doing things a "new way." There is no new way. There is just good storytelling and bad. This show has bad.

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I know what's going to happen in the next episode: Linden and Holder will find a suspect whom they are sure murdered Rosie Larsen, but then, in the last minute of the episode, the suspect will turn out to be innocent. Stand Larsen will mope around for a while. Mitch will once again do something stupid in the name of grieving. Linden will try to discipline her son for something or other. AMC will show a lot of commercials. And, of course, it will rain. Sorry for the spoiler. I hope that if any AMC execs, or Veena Sud herself are reading this, that they get the point.

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The acting saves this show, but the plots behind the actors have gone far past any point of plausibility. Holder is trying to commit suicide why? Because he was used by a dirty cop to deliver bad evidence? The writers tried to paint him into a depressed corner by having him visit to old 12-step group, his old dealer, and his nephew, but the whole plot line was missing any realism or motivation. He basically went from being fine to committing suicide in a single day. Nothing in his character before showed that depth of despair. How many of the characters are going to be suicidal anyway? Add to the titles: Suicidal in Seattle. It's typical now of the characters, who do whatever is written to support whatever new red herring the writers have come up with. It's boring.