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Old June 10 2013, 07:22 AM   #1
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The Killing (Seasons 1-3)

Is anyone watching this? I haven't seen the new season yet, but I decided to go back and check out the first two because I really want to watch the new one once I catch up.

I really like it, though at times it is slow. I really don't care about the councilman/mayoral candidate... I assume he'll be relevant at some point, but right now (I just finished s. 1, ep 11), he feels really ancillary to the main storyline. I also think the show dwells on the family's grief a little more than necessary. There's a lot that feels like filler.

Ironically, the ep I just watched--where Linden and Holder look for Linden's missing son--was more or less totally filler, but I loved it. Linden and Holder are definitely my favorite characters--they're the ones I'm most interested in.

I also like the case--and I'm well aware that it won't get solved until the end of season two, so I'm hoping I won't be as frustrated as those who watched the show when it aired and were (understandably) annoyed that the case wasn't wrapped up at the end of s. 1.

Any other fans of this show out there? Or did the stretching out of the case make you give up? Did anyone come back for season three? I can't wait to see it--the promos make it look really good.
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Old June 10 2013, 03:11 PM   #2
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Re: The Killing (Seasons 1-3)

Many hated the show, I never bothered with season 2 because the first was a mess. The ratings dropped like a rock. It's OK to stretch things out, but it was handed horribly and I ditched.

However season 3 seems to fix a lot of the issues so I might give it a shot.
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Old June 10 2013, 07:01 PM   #3
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Re: The Killing (Seasons 1-3)

Shit. forgot to set the dvr last night. I did see the premiere episode for season 3. They do a time jump to separate it from the events of the previous 2 seasons. It's still not a bad show but they will have to work hard to get past all the bad press from the previous seasons.

And hey, Jewel Staite!
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Old June 10 2013, 07:03 PM   #4
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I heard
so that's good press to me!
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Old June 10 2013, 10:41 PM   #5
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^Not completely.
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Old June 10 2013, 10:48 PM   #6
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Re: The Killing (Seasons 1-3)

I really enjoyed the first two seasons, and I really like it so far in season 3. I'm definitely sticking with it. I'm not interested in spoilers, though, so I'll be scarce around threads that discuss it.
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Old June 10 2013, 11:01 PM   #7
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Re: The Killing (Seasons 1-3)

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Is anyone watching this? I haven't seen the new season yet, but I decided to go back and check out the first two because I really want to watch the new one once I catch up.

I really like it, though at times it is slow. I really don't care about the councilman/mayoral candidate... I assume he'll be relevant at some point, but right now (I just finished s. 1, ep 11), he feels really ancillary to the main storyline. I also think the show dwells on the family's grief a little more than necessary. There's a lot that feels like filler.

Ironically, the ep I just watched--where Linden and Holder look for Linden's missing son--was more or less totally filler, but I loved it. Linden and Holder are definitely my favorite characters--they're the ones I'm most interested in.

I also like the case--and I'm well aware that it won't get solved until the end of season two, so I'm hoping I won't be as frustrated as those who watched the show when it aired and were (understandably) annoyed that the case wasn't wrapped up at the end of s. 1.
The end of season 1 and start of season 2, are handled quite simply and plausibly. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if after watching the end of season 1 and the first couple of season 2 episodes, you weren't asking yourself; what all the bitching was about.

The show is less about the murder mystery than the affect the murder has on the detectives and the victim's family. So don't expect shoot outs and car chases, just lots of gut wrenching drama. It definitely is NOT a procedural.

Yeah, Linden and Holder are the best thing about the show.They are the best male/female cop buddy team since Mulder and Scully, IMO. The end of the Rosie Larsen mystery is a shocker.

So far, season 3 has been pretty good -- very similar in tone to seasons 1 and 2 which is a good thing. The atmosphere stays dark and foreboding with Linden and Holder at the heart of the new mystery.
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Old June 11 2013, 02:14 AM   #8
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I don't know, maybe I am simple minded....lol, but I enjoyed both seasons and so far like season 3. I like the main characters and the story lines. I don't care if things don't wrap up like in 1 season and gets carried over for shows. I mean, look at Game of Thrones and many others who don't finish up everything in one season.
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Old June 11 2013, 03:54 AM   #9
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The problem was that it carried on until another season when...

1. The show wasn't picked up for 26 episodes, it was 13. What would have happened if it were canceled before an ending?

2. It was just bad! The two lead cops are awesome, but all the other characters just got on your nerves and the political crap seemed useless. So everyone stuck around for the 13 episodes thinking we would get answers and then... nothing. If the show was better written or planned it would have been OK to carry over for another season.


Season 3 only has ten episodes and will be a stand alone mystery, so no / less filler, so that's good.
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Old June 11 2013, 04:10 PM   #10
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The problem was that at the time most of the publicity touted it as a season long mystery leading people to expect it to be solved in the finale. So yeah, watching both seasons now wouldn't be a problem, but if you had (like me) been following the initial broadcasts you would have been pretty pissed at the end of season one.
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Old June 14 2013, 03:20 PM   #11
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Re: The Killing (Seasons 1-3)

I finished season one! I really liked it. I knew the cliffhanger was coming but I thought it was a pretty suspenseful one. But my boy Holder better not be bad! I mean, I figure he isn't since I know he's in season three. So I'm guessing he thinks the pics are legit but he got them from another source. Or maybe he just thought the guy was guilty, had someone doctor the pics, but Linden will protect him from the fallout somehow? I guess I'll see soon enough--I'm hopefully going to start season two this weekend!
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Old June 14 2013, 11:59 PM   #12
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^^ It gets even darker (if you can believe that's possible) in season 2.
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Old June 15 2013, 12:47 AM   #13
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By darker they mean it rains more.
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Old June 15 2013, 04:35 AM   #14
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If I remember right, you saw where he got the picture from in season one.
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Old June 16 2013, 07:04 PM   #15
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I think it's at the top of season two. I watched the first hour of the second season premiere last night... good, but I see where people lost patience with it. One of the show's selling points was that it felt so grounded, but now that it seems to be venturing into police conspiracy territory it feels a little less so. Holder's AA sponsor maybe manipulating him with false evidence? Someone taking pictures of Linden in her car as she watches the AA sponsor meet with another dude. Ehhhh. I'm still into it though.
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