“The Killing”: El Diablo Review

By: Jordan Magrath

Coming off both critical and statistical (viewership) success, AMC’s “The Killing” continued Sunday night.  Although I don’t call myself a TV junkie, I found myself looking forward to this show more than I’ve looked forward to any other “live” show in quite some time.

And it did not disappoint.

Sure, it wasn’t quite as compelling as the two-hour premiere, but what did you really expect?  The premiere had to set up the story and the tragedy.  To replicate that kind of emotion would be both difficult and far-fetched.  To be honest, if it had tried, it would’ve taken steps backward.

Instead, it kept its pace slow and took a step forward.  It wasn’t three steps and a hop forward like the premiere, but as long as it continues forward, I am a happy camper.

Speaking of pace, a fellow reviewer mentioned to me that each episode in the show covers one day of the investigation.  This concept is thrilling because of what I’ve previously stated about the show.  I love the lack of action sequences because of it’s added realism.

For example, I found myself watching Law & Order earlier today, and saw this sequence in back-to-back-to-back shots (I’m not even joking):
1) Lawyers debating the legality of the case without expert medical testimony.
2) Obtaining an expert to testify for their case.
3) The expert testifying in front of judge, jury, and etc.

This process, in real life, would take place over weeks, possibly months.  “The Killing” will never have moments like this.

Going back to the content of the show, I found it interesting that, by my non-empirically-backed-up estimations, 60% of the airtime focuses on the political aspect.  I would guess 25% focused on the criminal aspect, and just 15% focused on the family.  I wouldn’t have thought I would like this blend, but it worked out well.  Oversaturating the emotion would burn out the audience.  Seriously, who wants to watch a family grieve for 1/2 of the airtime?  I know that I would get emotionally burnt out.

However, the key moment of the episode doesn’t involve the political storyline, and it doesn’t occur until the very end.  The first hard evidence is obtained against two perverted classmates of poor Rosie Larson.  It’s way too early for them to be the actual killers, but it is frightening to slowly find out what happened in this now-obviously gruesome murder.

I find it difficult to believe that none of the students who received the circulated video of them doing the deed wouldn’t come forward.  The plausibility kind of stinks, but I’ll look past it for now.  I can justify it by assuming that the video was only sent out to a couple people.  (This does seem like a rookie mistake for some “murderers,” right?)

Even with its minor (very minor) flaws, it doesn’t slow down my growing obsession with this show.  Next week can’t come fast enough!

Rating: B+

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