'The Killing' - 'I'll Let You Know When I Get There': Family men

A review of tonight's "The Killing" coming up just as soon as I call my mom "Bev"... "I made a mistake." -LindenThere are still many, many things that "The Killing" struggles with, like characterization(*) and compelling plot advancement. Whatever expectations I had for the show at the start of the season have long since been recalibrated, where now all I want is to not have to throw up my hands when they reveal the killer and say, "Really? That guy? Really?" (*) This week's groaner is courtesy of Darren Richmond, who doesn't even blink, or have any kind of reaction at all to the news that Bennet Ahmed was kidnapped and beaten to within an inch of his life other than to tell Linden that he doesn't envy her job. What in the world was that? Is he a robot? Is he, in fact, a cybernetic organism sent into the past by SkyNet, because the Seattle mayoral race of 2011 will play a crucial role in allowing the machines to crush humanity? 

That said, "I'll Let You Know When I Get There" did some good things - did them better than the show has done in quite some time. In the past, I've compared this series to "24," which never really had enough story to fill 24 episodes and either sagged in the middle of seasons or did an abrupt left turn halfway through the year so that Jack Bauer was essentially chasing several unrelated bad guys in the same day. "The Killing" hasn't tried the latter approach, but watching this one did make me feel like the episodes focusing on Bennet Ahmed were essentially the show's way of marking time until there were only a few weeks left and it was time to get into who actually killed Rosie. And because of that, there was more of a sense of urgency tonight than there's been in a while.  Read More...



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