"The Killing" is a series that just began on AMC. It is very
good. It may remind you of "Twin Peaks" or "Durham County" in a lot of ways. All
three are about a teenage girl being murdered, and the mysteries surrounding
her, her family, and the people in the town, and the police investigating it.
Twin Peaks was very weird, and Durham County was creepy and very depressing
(hard to watch). I liked both shows, don't get me wrong. However, so far, "The
Killing" is way better than either of them.
Unlike "Twin Peaks", the people in the show are not just weird and quirky. It is
a lot more realistic. The people seem real. The show does have a dark and damp
mood, since it takes place in Seattle. There is a lot of rain. There is much
drama and sadness, but not, at least so far, to the extent we saw in "Durham
The other difference is that the main investigator in "The Killing" is a woman,
Det. Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos). She is a bit dour and doesn't smile much, so
we get the impression that she's seen a lot of death, but she's a very good
detective. She's supposed to be moving away; leaving town with her fiance and
her son, but the case keeps her in town. All of the acting is really well done,
but hers is probably the best and most under-stated.
Another similarity between this show and "Durham County" is that Michelle Forbes
stars in both shows. She is one of my favorite actresses and has done many great
things. She is probably best known for "True Blood". Her characters on both The
Killing and Durham County are mothers who lost children, but that seems to be
where the similarities end. Thank goodness, because her character was horrible
in Durham County. Please keep the razor blades away from her!
A very small complaint is that the pacing of the show is kind of slow. It does
add to the mood of the show. I find myself fast-forwarding through some of it.
But overall it is a great show, and I can't wait to find out what happens next!
Oh, the show takes place in Seattle, but it sort of feels like a small town.
I've been to Seattle, and it does not seem as dark and gloomy as it does in this
show. That's a very minor complaint, too.
The killing of the teenager is not the only mystery. There are a few secrets
about the people running for mayor, and their staff. Billy Campbell is great as
councilman Richmond. There is a lot of intrigue with many of the characters.
Sarah's new partner on the murder investigation is former undercover vice cop
Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman). He is kind of slimy but likable. The
characters are well-drawn, and the plot is very good, and also the dialogue is
witty. I can't say enough about the writing.
You should definitely watch the show, especially if you like great drama. It is
really enjoyable and intriguing. Of course you can watch the first episode(s) on
the AMC page at
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