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AMC’s “The Killing” has the makings of a really, really good murder-mystery show, but it’s also got one heck of a major “investment” component that most people probably won’t be able to give it. The entire thing is focused on one murder (the “killing” of the title), with various characters becoming involved, led by homicide cop Sarah Linden (played by Mireille Enos, who looks appropriately “cop-ish”, and not the “supermodels in designer clothes posing as fake TV cops” in shows like “CSI” and its ilk). It’s a great idea, and the previews that AMC have released for the show makes it look incredibly promising, but like I said, you are really going to have to invest a lot of time with this, and missing an episode here and there is probably not a good idea.
The Killing ties together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim’s grieving family, and the suspects. Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they’ve moved on, their past isn’t done with them.
The Killing stars Mireille Enos (Big Love) as Sarah Linden, the lead homicide detective that investigates the death of Rosie Larsen; Billy Campbell (Once and Again) as Darren Richmond, Seattle’s City Council President and now running for Mayor; Joel Kinnaman (Snabba Cash) as Stephen Holder, an ex-narc cop who joins the homicide division in the investigation to find Rosie’s killer; Michelle Forbes (True Blood) as Rosie’s mother, Mitch Larsen; and Brent Sexton (W., In the Valley of Elah) as Rosie’s father, Stan Larsen. The pilot is directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster).
“The Killing” kicks off with a 2-hour series premiere April 3rd on AMC.