“The Killing: Missing” Review

By Jordan Magrath

What an aptly named episode: Missing.

The latest installment of “The Killing” will probably be looked at as the red herring of Season 1.  Although some previous episodes have stalled in some way or the other, Day 11 took stalling to a whole new level.

The episode was “missing” a lot of things, including the entire campaign storyline.  Also, the Larson’s were never on screen, making it certainly the first and last episode where Rosie will get more airtime than Stan and/or Mitch.

And most people probably won’t like it.

Like most people, I found this to be the least rewarding episode so far.  With that being said, I do think there were some valuable moments within the episode to look at.

The relationship between Linden and Holder has been pretty nonexistent from the beginning.  Yes, they’ve had their moments, but they haven’t really truly bonded.  I credited this to the fact that Linden was leaving (or supposed to).  Why would they choose to show progress when they’d be separated eventually right?  Well, this pretty much solidified (as least to me) that the duo will likely work on more cases together.  Which, in turn, again reinforces my idea that Linden will not leave Seattle.  That won’t be a shocker to me.

Holder’s character grew a lot on screen apart from Linden.  Although Linden was constantly worrying about her missing son, Jack, it was Holder who shined.  We finally got to see more of the “fuckup” Holder, who has obviously ruined his most meaningful relationship.  When he failed to meet up with his sister, it became obvious that Holder has been distant and inconsistent, as a person, previously.  It’ll be interesting to see if he can get his crap together, or if he will continue to let those around him down.  Maybe he’s just a young Linden after all?

I half-understand why the investigative part of the story stalled.  Since they needed time for a warrant (which is consistent with the fact that the rushed warrant failed miserably earlier), they needed to burn screen time to get the warrant in place.  The writers compensated by creating a single episode arc (something I generally don’t like to see) to fill the space.  However, this may not be exactly a single episode arc, as Linden’s ex (and Jack’s father) has been mentioned multiple times previously.  Maybe we’ll get to see him by season’s end.

Although I thought it was emotionally-charged, I do think the writer’s needed to include the other aspects at least a little bit.  With just two episodes remaining, I almost feel like we took too much of a breather from the other stories.  Showing Stan with his attorney, or Mitch with the kids, or Richmond taking photo-ops with the Muslim community could’ve helped the episode a bit.

The good news is: I’m confident the story will continue to develop it’s characters.  That’s something I love seeing, and I can’t wait to see how this one concludes.

Rating: B-

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