In today’s issue of the Tufts Daily, I review The Killing, AMC’s newest drama. Slow and methodical, it’s practically the anti-procedural, but is gripping nonetheless and features some terrific performances.
Crime and murder shows are a dime a dozen these days. “CSI,” “Law & Order,” “Criminal Minds,” their multiple spin-offs — it’s safe to say that you could turn on your TV at any moment and find a team of detectives investigating the latest whodunit and trying to bring a killer to justice.
Where “The Killing,” AMC’s newest drama series, varies from those shows, though, is that the titular crime is the focus of the entire 13-episode season, not just one episode. Each week’s installment does not tie up a different case in a neat little bow. Instead, the murder is drawn out, giving the audience the chance to see how it actually affects those parties involved.
Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) is the lead homicide detective investigating the murder of young Rosie Larsen. Although Linden was about to move to Sonoma, Calif., (a sunny change from perpetually rainy Seattle, where the show is set) with her fiance and son, her final case keeps her around, partnered with Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman), the detective who was supposed to take her place.
You can read the full review here.