The Killing: Season 3, Episode 4 “Head Shots” (B+)
Linden certainly isn’t doing much to get people to like her, as evidenced by how she speaks to Skinner and her particularly harsh comment to Carl. It’s interesting to see Holder in the position of defending her to others, while she buries herself even deeper in the investigation. Her meetings with Kallie’s mom are getting even more miserable, and kudos to her for not backing down when she tried to dismiss her rather than acknowledge that something is seriously wrong and that her daughter is in serious trouble. I hadn’t recognized Jewel Staite of “Firefly” fame before this episode, but it’s good to see her around, and I hope that she’ll have a more major part to play throughout the rest of the season. I was extremely concerned for the well-being of Hill after he baited Seward to get a rise out of him, but what resulted instead was one biting comment from Seward about how he knows that Hill is guilty and an unexpected and rare moment of laughter shared between the two of them. As if the detectives weren’t obsessed with bringing work home, it’s staggering to see how Becker lives his home life and how his wife describes his demeanor and habits to Henderson, who isn’t all that much less involved. Seeing Joe Mills at the end of the episode was a predictable if still haunting way to end, and I’m sure this show is only going to continue to get darker as it delves into this gloomy mystery.