Friday, April 29, 2011

What I’m Watching: The Killing

The Killing: Season 1, Episode 5 “Super 8” (B-)

While it does still seem quite clear that time is not of the essence, even with Sarah’s wedding approaching, I’m glad that this show is offering up regular plot developments. To his credit, Rick does a very succinct job of summing up his bride-to-be’s character and his doubts about the certainty of their impending union. The investigation into Bennett’s character and history is particularly interesting because it seems too clean, and there’s a sense of something more dangerous and serious hanging over it. That’s helped partly by the fact that we don’t see Bennett and his wife at the same time, and therefore his life doesn’t ever feel like one complete picture. That last shot of Darren and Bennett smiling for the cameras is particularly haunting, and especially because the principal asks the detectives not to bring Darren back into the investigation, I’m inclined to think that he’s involved in some way, even if it’s not malicious or he’s not aware of it. Darren has now burned more bridges than he’s built in his office by not trusting those closing to him, but then again, it’s important to consider everyone when there’s a mole, even if it’s simply to ensure that they are in fact clean. The desire of Rosie’s father to know more about the circumstances of his daughter’s disappearance and murder also suggests that he’s going to be an antagonistic force in the search for the truth, circumnavigating the police so that he can enforce his own version of justice.

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