(Hey, times are hard. People need jobs. I get it.)
(Hey, times are hard. People need jobs. I get it.)
For me, most of my frustration with the show would be eliminated if they didn't stick with the one episode = one day formula. We've been watching for over a year now and it's barely been three weeks in "show time". That's what makes Richmond's and Holder's recovery so hard to buy. Or the accusation that Linden was obsessing over the case before a week had passed--that is a fair accusation now, but homicide detectives do work a lot on a case at the start before the leads go cold. Part of the backlash after S1 really was AMC's & Sud's fault for implying that the killer would be revealed at the end of the first season in the marketing of the show. I have no idea how the original was promoted--it might not have made such implied promises.
Why I continue to watch is because the actors bring a lot to their characters and the characters are really compelling. At first I hated Holder, but that "go nowhere" episode at the end of last season when they spent the day looking for Jack really won me over to the character. Stan has always been more than the ex-mafia guy and portrays a great amount of emotional depth; it realy came out when he made the call to Rosie's cell a couple weeks back. Even making Linden semi-robotic with minimal social skills, when pieced together with her background, makes her an interesting character. Heck, Richmond has grown on me, showing more depth as he recovers. Again, though, that would work better if it weren't just 11 days after he was paralyzed. That's a hell of a lot of personal growth for 11 days.
However, changing the one day = one episode issue won't fix what is the jarringly unrealistic details. A cop beaten up on a reservation would bring in the feds ASAP. CPS doesn't threaten to take away a teenager in the middle of the night if they're housed, clothed, fed, and going to school. Linden shouldn't have been whisked away to the psych ward because Holder was there on the stake-out and should have been able to vouch for why she was there. A psychiatrist should have planned to marry his current patient. A city councilman should not run his mayorial campaign out of his councilman office. When these things happen, it takes me out of enjoying the characters and ask if the writers know anything about real life. It doens't have to be a procedural, but just realistic. I just want better writing and attention to detail because the universe of characters on the show is so good.
I suppose how willing an individual is to overlook a shows shortcomings depends on how much an individual appreciates other elements of a show. I get pulled in by the nuances of the acting and it just doesn't matter to me. Also, my understanding is that Linden already had her son taken away in the past and so it wouldn't be out of the question for childrens services to be on her (clearly she is a lousy mother.) Kids are taken away from and put back into their parents care at a sadly dizzingly rate in the real world so that's how I rationalize them showing up. Also, the fact that Holder and Linden are the only two detectives on the face of the planet who still use flip phones:teeth That cracks me up. THe show is flawed but it's not, imo, terrible. The concept overall is great-some of the finest shows in televison history started out shakey but evolved over time (a few years)
In the original broadcast in Denmark and Scandinavia it was never advertised as wrapping up in one season-but then lots of tv from there unravels slowly so people are used to it-not necessarily having things wrap up the way they do here. HBO and Vena Sudd did a lousy job insinuating the killer would be found at the end of season one. I get people were mad. But, to me the backlash is out of proportion. It is just a TV show.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion about any show. Often it's a matter of perception. I love some shows that others just detest and think are terrible. If some like The Killing, then that's great. It's just not for me and apparently, many people were upset and disappointed with the first season, in light of what Eric Linden said (see upthread).
The reason this show stood out and the reason I have been so vocal about my dislike for it, is that the show had so much potential. And I mock a little, but it's good spirited. I don't blame the actors. I'm sure they would have changed a lot if they had the authority.
The show definitely had gifted actors. How could the writing/directing mess it up? Each week of Season 1 seemed to add insult to injury. No script is perfect and no criminal investigation is flawless, however, when a suposed seasoned detective has no clue as to proper procedure in a murder investigation, it turns me off. The incompetency of the detectives was so over the top, that I could barely force myself to watch. But, I did watch the entire first season.....believing there were be a payoff. It was an easy decision to stay away for season 2, but I would still like to know who the killer is.
For those who are still watching please keep us informed. I'd love to know how this ends up. Does anyone know if it's been renewed for another season?
Yes, everyone is entitled to their opinions about any TV show on this site. Mock, love, hate, discuss, that's what we do here. :)
I've read that a third season is a possibilty. Something about the way this season ends will open up the chance to explore "other crimes", according to the interview. If they do, I hope Holder is a still a part of it. Both the actor and the character are incredible. I will admit, the show has gotten much better as this season winds down.
Looks like we're back to the councilman's campaign office for the killer. Darren's been ruled out (I think)...so, Gwen or Jamie? I just can't figure out motive from what we've been given.
There's now a `fansite' for him that's gone viral, called `hell ya, Joel Kinnamen!:nod.'
all I will say is that IMO its a dog gone shame that this show got renewed for a second season when there are so many great shows out there that got gipped for a second season..there were quite a few shows that deserved a second season and didn't get it...but this show does...and for the life of me I can't figure out why