'The Killing' - 'Vengeance': Fear of flying

A quick review of tonight's "The Killing" coming up just as soon as I use my commitment issues to mess up your career... 

"I'm sorry. I'm doing the best I can." -Mitch

After a couple of weeks of slightly more unpredictable material, "Vengeance" was back to the formula I'd been worrying about earlier in the season, where the previous episode's cliffhanger is resolved very quickly, then not much happens plot-wise for a long stretch, and then Holder and Linden make a big discovery at the end of the episode that will presumably be rendered moot 10 minutes into next week's episode. 

And while I continue to enjoy the sense of atmosphere and a number of the performances, at this point I can't escape the feeling that "The Killing" is what it is: not a reinvention of the police procedural formula, but an elongation of it, and something I might have cut the cord with already were it not for the tremendous brand loyalty I've developed for AMC in the last few years. As it is, we're now past the halfway point, so I'll stick around just to see how well they stick the landing - and because the show still can do strong individual moments, like Stan lurking outside the car in the pouring rain while Bennet scrambles to find his missing cell phone, or Stan and Mitch having their first real conversation since Rosie's death - but I'm struggling to care about either the mystery itself or the different characters connected to it.  Read More...



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