The Killing: Orpheus Descending

Posted on June 20, 2011

Well, we’ll give AMC credit for one thing: when they said the last 5 minutes of the show would have us all slack-jawed and wide-eyed in response, they were exactly right. What they left out, however, is that we’d all be screaming “What? What? Are you fucking kidding me? WHAT?!”

Or maybe that was just us. Wait, nope. Twitter says otherwise, as do plenty of television critics. The collective response to the last-second reveal that – surprise! There IS no reveal! – seems to be, well, a whole bunch of people giving AMC the finger. Mo Ryan, whose write-up of the finale is so dead-on we almost felt that THIS writeup should have been simply a link to hers entitled “Ditto,” emailed us before the episode started and said she couldn’t wait to hear our thoughts. We’re no fools. When a TV critic, who more than likely has seen the episode already, says something like “I can’t wait to hear your thoughts,” you best prepare yourself for an extremely unsatisfying hour of television, because “I can’t wait to hear your thoughts” is TV-criticspeak for “I can’t wait to see how many creative ways you say ‘Fuck you’ to a cable network tomorrow.”

Well, here’s one way: Not that AMC should be quaking in their booties at the thought of it, but this is the last episode of the show we’re blogging because that was the last episode of the show we’ll watch. We have never encountered such a blatant disregard for the audience than last night’s sloppy, unsatisfying wrapup to this sloppy, unsatisfying show.

And that’s the thing: had the previous 12 hours of The Killing been gripping television with intricate plotting and tight characterizations, then the creators of the show could have done practically anything they wanted for the season finale because they’d hooked the audience and could take as much time as they needed reeling them in. Unfortunately, both for the audience and the creators of the show, they failed to do that and every single review of the show that crossed in front of our eyes for the last 2 months has stated or implied that the writer of the review is really only in it to the end in order to find out the killer. Whatever early good will the show generated dissipated rapidly once it became clear that the one episode=one day format of the show practically required that we spend a lot of time with characters paralyzed with grief and a lot of time watching cops chase down blatant red herrings with rather clumsy “ripped from the headlines” stories stapled on to them in an attempt to keep them interesting.

In retrospect, we should have seen this ending coming, since the show has been in steady decline since about episode 3 and since that decline can be directly attributable to ill-advised attempts to pad the story. Well, what better way to pad it than to avoid answering the very question the show phrased: Who killed Rosie Larsen? Come back for season 2 to find out! No. Fuck you. As Mo said in her review, the ONLY thing keeping a seeming majority of the viewership engaged with the show even when it brought in anti-Muslim hysteria, female genital mutilation, Native American tribal rights, terrorism, and the dumbest fucking political campaign in the history of American politics, was the promise – implied, to be sure – that the show would answer the only question it posed. For us, and for apparently a lot of people watching, we were still watching despite our disappointment for one reason only: to find out whodunnit. And they couldn’t even give us that.

It’s a rather stunning example of the divide between the people who create a show and the people who watch it. There is an implied contract there, especially with shows of a serialized nature. That contract states that if you watch my show week in and week out, I will pay it off for you at some point and you will be satisfied with the result. Those last 5 minutes weren’t some sort of shocking twist; it was a rug-pull; a doorslam; a, yes, we’ll type it, slap in the face to the audience. “Thanks for watching, suckers!” Alan Sepinwall, who also wrote a review that deserves a ditto, interviewed show runner Veena Sud and we have to say, we can’t remember reading a more frustrating and tone deaf Q&A. There’s an obnoxious high regard for the show underlying all her responses. Sure, showrunners are supposed to think their show is the bestest, but considering the rather brutal growing negative critical response over the last couple of months, her responses seemed to be coming from a fantasy world where her show is a big hit and she just pulled off a cunning and daring switch, rather than the truth: her show has been sliding in quality and critical response from Day One and she just pulled a fast one on the viewers. Read the whole thing; it’s an amazing exercize in self-flattery and delusion – and it reveals an astonishing low regard for the audience.

At some point, someone involved with the planning of this show must have raised the question: Is this going to fly with the viewers? Can we really ask them to stick it out only to not give them an answer? Is that fair to them? Most importantly, Will this be satisfying for them? We suppose the people responsible for this decision convinced themselves they were doing something daring and the payoff would be a lot of buzz and chatter.  But in order to believe that you have to believe the show you’re producing is so engrossing and well-done that you can have a little leeway to shock the viewer at the end. Little problem there: the show has been a boring, formulaic slog for weeks on end. For us, and we’ll go out on a limb and say that for the majority of the viewership, the only thing that would have made us interested in watching Season 2 would be a satisfying and clean wrapup to Season 1. That the people involved with creating this show convinced themselves that what viewers really wanted was more Larsen family misery porn and more red herrings, but NO answers is an amazing insight into how far the divide is between those who create entertainment and those who consume it. Somewhere, at some point, a bunch of people sat around a table and convinced themselves that teasing your audience for weeks and then skipping out on them at the last second with no satisfaction was a recipe for success. You’d have to have virtually no understanding of what an audience wants and expects to convince yourself of that and we can’t bring ourselves to come back next year and give any more attention to creators with no respect for the audience. We’re done.

And please, don’t try the “It’s subtle and sophisticated! You just don’t get it! Maybe you should go watch COPS!” response. Save it. The first two hours of this season were subtle and sophisticated. Everything since then has gotten increasingly clumsy and nonsensical. We could point out the various plot contrivances that continued right up to the last second but frankly, we don’t care and we don’t think the show deserves another second of consideration. Put this one in the TV trash heap where it belongs. We predict AMC’s in for quite the disappointment when Season 2 starts and to be perfectly frank, they’ll deserve it for being so dismissive of its audience.

[Photo credit: AMC TV]

    • Carrie Palsson

      Thanks for blogging the show!  I have for eps stacked up on my DVR but haven’t been able to bring myself to watch them. You know it’s bad when I’d find myself watching Chopped re-runs instead of a fresh episode.

       This seals the deal:  they are being erased without viewing.  I can’t believe they didn’t tell who did it.  Isn’t that the whole point of the show? 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

        Just to add to the blogosphere, and not clog your site with my thoughts,  http://joelamoureveryday.tumblr.com/post/6724071363/thats-an-ellipsis 
        although, “!!!” could sum up my feelings quite nicely.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

        Just to add to the blogosphere, and not clog your site with my thoughts,  http://joelamoureveryday.tumblr.com/post/6724071363/thats-an-ellipsis 
        although, “!!!” could sum up my feelings quite nicely.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve not watched one minute of the show, and now I’m quite grateful for that.  This was an awesome review to read.

    • http://twitter.com/annie_wonder Annie

      I’ve just watched it and the first thing I did (after picking my jaw up off the floor in horror) was log on to see this review. Thank you TLo 
      for summing up exactly how I feel about this ridiculous, disappointing, nonsensical, steaming POS. Ugh.

      Everyone should go cleanse their palette now and watch Forbrydelsen or Game of Thrones. You deserve and need some good television.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

        Does anyone know where we can watch Forbrydelsen? It’s not on Netflix or anywhere else I can find. Thanks!

      • http://profiles.google.com/eden.hemming e h

        My husband and I watched Game of Thrones first, and then this show, which at least provided us with the opportunity to insert lines like, “But do you have DRAGONS?” to make it a little more interesting.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13810915 Mary Scheidegger

      Yes. What you said. I was truly slack-jawed and swearing at the TV. I feel like a sucker for watching every episode of this show.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=644421874 Janice Fercho

      As i watched that pathetic excuse of an “ending” unfold, i was curious as how you would be ripping them a new one in your recap today…WTF indeed, a sloppy, insulting, non-conclusion to a show that held so much promise in it’s opening episode…i no longer care who killed Rosie, much as the writers obviously no longer care about their viewership…..

    • Mindy K

      “a bunch of people sat around a table and convinced themselves that
      teasing your audience for weeks and then skipping out on them at the
      last second with no satisfaction was a recipe for success”

      I completely blame the success of Lost for show runners having this belief.  Fans stuck with Lost through thick and thin despite never getting the answers teased and promised from day one.  Now every “suspense” based show thinks they can do the same.

      • http://profiles.google.com/paigemano Paige Mano

        This is true, but at least LOST provided some satisfaction throughout the season…

    • Anonymous

      Turning Holden into a bad guy was truly unforgiveable to me.  It wasn’t a OOOH I didn’t see that coming twist, it was a “this makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE” twist.  He wasn’t trying to frame Richmond all along, so the only thing I can think of was that possibly he is “working” for the real killer, either by being blackmailed or trying to frame him.  He was easily one of the standout stars of the show and so knowing how much the audience loved him and turning him into a walking douchebag?  They should have changed direction on this.  It wont matter because I’m not going to be tuning in to find out what the twist is, I no longer care.  FU AMC.

      • Lori B

        I’m not sure I even believe that Holder is a bad guy, since everything we’re shown on this show ultimately turns out to be misleading or outright bullshit.

      • Anonymous

        I’m right there with you and Lori B. I don’t believe Holder is a bad guy and I call “bullshit”. Apparently Veena Sud thought she knew better than the writers of the original Danish series. She thought wrong! Absolute waste of time.

    • ke_andr

      I want to know if the original show was as annoying as this one. I’m really pissed that I spent 13 hours on this. And that Mad Men isn’t back until next year. AMC, tighten up!

    • Anonymous

      I agree completely.  The ONLY way I would have watched Season 2 was if there was a complete wrap up of the Rosie Larson story and season 2 moved on to a new murder.  I mean we could have checked in the Larsons to see the fall out from the murder but to end it that Holder was setting up Richmond?  Hell to the no.

    • http://profiles.google.com/paigemano Paige Mano

      Great, I have to suffer through another 12 episodes to (maybe) find out who the killer was?  No. Thanks.  SMH.

    • Krista Elam

      As soon as I heard there would be a second season I feared this would happen. Why can’t anyone just let a good thing die? Instead they have to prolong it until all of the life is completely sucked out of it and you can’t remember why you liked it in the first place. Would it be such a terrible thing to end a show after 1 season? I am terribly afraid of what is going to happen to Mad Men after being off the air for so long. These guys are only interested in one thing, revenue…..

    • Genevieve Dieudonne

      stop blogging about the killing and start about Game of Thrones!!

    • Trinh D.

      I can’t tell you how frustrated I was during the last 4 minutes of the show. I kept thinking to myself: “where the fuck is the shocking revelation?” I thought to myself that they couldn’t have just let it roll with Richmond being the killer when it’s so obvious that he’s not. Out of all of the ridiculousness, the one that made me angry the most was when Linden showed up at Richmond’s office and confronted him right before his rally. I couldn’t believe how stupid that was that they just yelled at each other, and then she just left. I’m never watching this show again. Like you said, it was definitely a ‘fuck you’ from AMC to me and everyone who watches the show. It’s insulting. 

    • Anonymous

      This reminds me years ago on South Park. They did this mystery arc and supposedly the episode where the big reveal was scheduled was turned out to be a prank. They purposely put in another episode to screw with the fans. The real episode was not planned to be aired until a week or 2 later. At least when Matt and Trey did something like that you could forgive them because it was consistent with the subversive mentality of their show.

    • Anonymous

      thanks, guys, for giving me what i was looking for this morning with regard to a critical response to last night’s season finale. it gibes with what i wrote in an email to a few friends earlier this morning, before i checked in for your review–to wit:

      uh, i think you underestimate my frustration with the show. i’m not
      convinced we know who the real killer is yet–the only thing that tied
      richmond to being in that car that night was the tollbooth photo, and
      now we know that was faked–and the show has spent the whole season
      setting up suspects and then knocking them down. and i don’t remember
      signing onto a season-long mystery with the idea that the fucking
      mystery wouldn’t be solved by the end of the season. not to mention
      holder and what’s-her-name and the rest of the seattle PD are about the
      most incompetent police force on TV; they allow their first #1 suspect
      to be beaten to within an inch of his life, and now it appears their
      second #1 suspect has been shot dead WHILE IN CUSTODY, and by one of the
      very same people who beat up the first guy (though they don’t know that
      because they probably never examined stan’s truck or the crime scene or
      bennett himself for anything that would incriminate anyone other than
      stan because the police department’s MO is to identify a suspect first
      and then only look for evidence that will tie that particular person to
      the crime). not to mention gwen’s suddenly offering this info about
      richmond being out all night the night of the crime is very suspect
      considering the feelings of betrayal or disgust or whatever she’s
      experiencing right now. and wtf, she has known all along that richmond
      disappeared the night that rosie was killed, and she knew that the
      richmond campaign was tied into the killing the very first day of the
      investigation after the police ID’ed the car rosie was drowned in, and
      she WAS NEVER SUSPICIOUS OF HIM until she overheard that highly
      contrived confrontation between richmond and detective what’s-her-face?  

      and sure, there have been seasons that ended with
      cliffhangers before, or without solving the central mystery–”Twin
      Peaks,” for example–but then “Twin Peaks” had a lot of likable
      characters who you rooted for, and was goofy and entertaining and had
      great music and truly unexpected developments (not just
      he’s-a-suspect-no-wait-HE’s-a-suspect-no-wait-it-was-the-Russian-mobster
      kind of jerk-the-audience-around twists). this show has a lot of
      UNlikable characters who all seem very unhappy and depressed or
      REpressed and it’s always raining and why the hell do i care at this
      point what happens to any of them? except for, admittedly, Holder, and
      now what am i supposed to think about him? so that’s where i am with
      “the killing.” which should be retitled “the killing of my enthusiasm
      for this show.”

    • Joshau Norton

      I really did see this coming. After I heard they were going to do a second season, and after the massive screw-up that was “Rubicon”, (which ended on with the same kind of WTF cliff-hanger), I just knew they lacked the originality not to try it again, and the talent to make it work.

      Anyways, here’s a link to Joel Kinnaman which will give you a little morning boost.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoVYH7zXMXI

      • Patricia Biswanger

        That is so funny!  You’re right, everybody is soaking wet, all the time!  

    • Lori B

      Where do I go to get my 13 hours back?  I can’t think of another show that has gone downhill so far, so steadily, so completely.

    • Alexandra Simons

      Oh, this show is so annoying and I will not be watching season 2. When Linden confronts Richmond near the end of the show, my jaw dropped – there’s no way a detective would do that, and even an incompetent lawyer would take her apart in court. Seriously, this show is just an insult to one’s intelligence. I am with you TLo, f__k it!

    • MilaXX

      Honestly I was done with this show a while back, but like many was willing to see the season to it’s end. I read Alan Sepinwall’s review/interview and couldn’t believe Veena was patting herself on the back. By the time Stan told the sis in law that Mitch had left I was thinking she couldn’t take this stinker of a show either. This show was so bad that if AMC hadn’t also brought us Mad Men and Breaking Bad, I might be really hesitant to ever trust a series from them again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=514539693 Samantha Geen

      Eh… I liked it! The middle of the season wasnt very strong, but I really enjoyed the last 3 or 4 episodes. I have to respectfully disagree with almost everything you had to say TLo, though Im usually nodding along with you.

    • Anonymous

      As you say, after a brilliant beginning (the shot of the car being pulled from the water and Stan Larsen looking from a distance still haunts me — beautiful photography and an effectively distressing, moving scene), from about episode 3, the show has been an eye-roller. Last night, they upgraded to laugh-out-louder. The writers have graduated from incompetent to outright stupid. My three favorite sloppy idiocies from last night’s episode are:

      Holder: “Why’d he switch to a car that could be traced back to the campaign?”
      Linden: “Discretion. Anonymity. No one can see inside — tinted windows.”
      (So, okay, the car can be traced back to the campaign, was driven with unchanged license plates, but the tinted windows make it anonymous? Can the show not afford a script editor, someone with a functioning brain who listens to the lines as they’re spoken?)

      Holder: “That’s her shoe”
      Linden: “Bag it. Mark it as evidence.”
      (Oh okay then, cause I was just gonna leave it here or chuck it in the composter.)

      Dawn: “He was wet, soaking wet.”
      Linden: “What do you mean?”
      Dawn: “Like he’d been in the water.”
      (The Killing — now pitching to the toddler viewership.)

      Let’s also cite for notable idiocies the fact that on day 13, they check the car odometer for the first time, something that did not become relevant only when Richmond became their fourth suspect. Ditto for facilities like a gas station surrounding the crime scene (um, car, gas station, you’d think this might have occurred to someone earlier). Finally, can I just say that Linden’s sour-faced distance-gazing seemed deep and mysterious in the first episodes, but now that we’ve seen her Keystone detective work, every time she does it, I just assume her mind has gone blank.

      Dreadful, weak television. Your recaps have been the best part of the experience!

      • http://twitter.com/NostalgiaOD NostalgiaOD

        Also, he couldn’t have been soaking wet from the absolutely torrential rain they have in Seattle apparently every minute of every day if this show is any indication.  Ridiculous.

    • Anonymous

      I want to add, watching this season and this episode reminded me yet again of a great interview I saw years ago of a couple of writers from the Mary Tyler Moore Show and another great serial from that era. They talked about how they had trouble finding work in the 80s, and that when they did make it onto show writing teams, they were surprised to find during writer discussions, that whereas they had written their scripts based on their own life experiences, the younger writers were writing their sit-coms based on earlier sit-coms they had seen (like the Mary Tyler Moore show).

      I often think of this interview when I watched hackneyed, hokey TV with no bearing to recognizable human behavior or good storytelling. It’s just representations of previous representations of previous representations, etc., becoming utterly distorted and meaningless.

      This was The Killing last night and in the past 10 or so episodes. It’s a show written by people who watched Law & Order and read Presumed Innocent in college, and only vaguely remember them.

      I’m sorry you won’t be blogging season 2, cause that’s the only attention I would have given it.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      I’ve said it before and it’s even more painful this morning. The Killing gets a 2nd season and Rubicon doesn’t. We live in a cruel, cruel world.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1126040808 Beth Crocker Veon

        I agree – if Rubicon didn’t get a second season, this shouldn’t have either. Unfortunately, not many people seemed willing to give a methodical, cerebral show a chance, so AMC didn’t either.  I don’t have the vitriol in my heart for The Killing that TLo has, but it definitely didn’t live up to its promise.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

          I completely agree about Rubicon. I loved that show so much that I watched each episode two or three times. It was as smartly written as the Killing is dumbly written. Guess which won?

          • Anonymous

            I can’t agree with you about Rubicon. I watched the first three episodes in disbelief at how little went on; how charisma-free the leads were (with the exception of Miranda Richardson); the freshman political science; and what a weak retread of Three Days of the Condor the whole thing was.

            It was like watching librarians go about their work.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Mattingly/100001625678262 Joe Mattingly

              I can’t believe AMC canceled Rubicon for this POS – sure Rubicon was slow but everything had a point and everything led to a completely plausible conclusion – no red herrings, no incredibly stupid cops, each show built on the preceding one

              btw, having seen the Danish version, it’s not all the great either – very formulaic with the red herrings every week – but it went for 20 weeks and wrapped up – if AMC would have said this up front (and stuck more closely to the original source like Game of Thrones) there might not have been all this fuss

    • Anonymous

      Meow gentlemen! Thank you for the review. Unfortunately the whole synopsis reminds me of a long book series I no longer read due to the fact in one book, the mystery was not solved. It boiled down to why did I just read this? Same thing as The Killing-why did I watch this if there would be no resolution.

      Breaking Bad better make up for this.  

    • Anonymous

      sucked major axe….came to your blog last night soon as it ended HOPING (since I knew you’d be so disgusted) that there’d be some quicky post I could comment on….just desperate to rant!  Three of us in my household have hung in and we couldn’t have been more pissed off.  All I could tweet was something like “we can’t waste another breath on this show…you have got to be kidding”. WE ARE DONE DONE DONE!!! Sooooooo frustrating….had to put on some Law and Order to cleanse the palate….some people who can do in an hour what these nimrods couldn’t do in an entire season!!!! Sheeeeeesh!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/mrsjetplane mrsjetplane

      As a viewer for the entire season,  I am greatly disappointed.  There is so much left unattended to and disregarded.  The show had potential and they pissed it away.  It serves AMC right.  I think someone got too big for their britches.  I think AMC was beginning to think they had the Midas Touch when it came to drama, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.  I really wanted to like this show.  It felt like it could be a Twin Peak-esque type of drama…sadly it felt more than like an expensive verison of Law & Order in the rain. 

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for sticking it out this long, as I couldn’t continue to watch after episode 4, when the writing was so painfully bad it was embarrassing just to watch it.

      Interesting to read Sepinwall’s interview with Sud, as her ideas sound interesting and exciting, but as you so astutely point out, they depend upon good writing, character and plot development to come to fruition.  I honestly think that the series was undermined by poor writers doing a bad job with good ideas, and who were susceptible to overdramatization. Good writers can take ordinary plot points and make great TV with quotable dialogue.  These writers did the opposite.

      The lack of a resolution however, explains why there seemed to be so much additional padding in the US version of the show, when it was supposedly “cut down” to 13 episodes from 20 in the Danish version–they are actually expanding it to 26!

      I really hope PBS is smart enough to buy the rights to broadcast the original Forbrydelsen, as I would love to see it, especially to purge the memories of this series from my memory.

    • vmcdanie

      I came home last night from catching Midnight in Paris (which is terrific frankly and I haven’t been that jazzed about a Woody Allen flick in pretty much 20 years) and figured I’d tune in to the Killing. I watched the first 30 or so minutes and cut the DVR off to watch the last 10 minutes live figuring, “Ok, if they at least wrap this up into some vaguely logical conclusion, maybe I’ll even watch next season. They’ll retool, they’ll…..wait…what the fuck? Oh fuck YOU AMC.”

      I greatly enjoyed reading your recaps though, T Lo, seriously. I would have no outlet to bitch about this show otherwise. I really wanted this show to be good. What a waste of a cast. That’s what’s so frustrating.

      And can I just say, I watched depressed, disheveled Mitch stumble around that playground looking sad for the bajillionth time last night and thought, “Well, at least there’ll be no more of this next season.” And then. Oh fuck you, AMC.

      Have I mentioned Midnight in Paris is excellent?

    • Anonymous

      Here here. Thanks for articulating what many of us are feeling. I’m starting to think that AMC’s limited success (and definitely not any ratings successes) have gone to their collective heads. From jerking around Mad Men to the point where we miss an entire season of it, to their ‘so full of themselves’ commercial proclamations that ‘we are the network that can do no wrong’, the koolaid apparently got to them.

      And frankly, I don’t care enough about Rosie to come back and find out. It’s fiction, and when it becomes insulting to the viewer, who needs it? 

      • http://twitter.com/melizer Melizer

        Those promo spots also quoted someone as saying the show is “so good. you’ll be angry everytime an episode ends”.   That part was accurate!  

    • vmcdanie

      One more thing-thank you everyone here for the sanity check. I went to EW’s site last night and many commenters were raving about the show and how people who hated it just didn’t get it. I thought what the hell were they watching? It’s one thing to like crap, it’s another thing to be completely blind to the fact that it’s crap.

    • r0ckmypants

      Is there a customer service line? I’d like to return this show and get my 13 hours back.

    • Anonymous

      AMC definitely got cocky, and if they’re not careful, will permanently damage their brand.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      So – what we can look forward in season 2:
      -Mitch glumly globe trotting to the places listed in her teen dreambook (I thought for a minute, the last page said ‘Encino’ not ‘England’ and thought the writers actually were showing a funnybone);
      -Richmond probably dies thus opening yet another whodunit plot written like a Twin Peaks rip-off by someone on valium involving hookers, waterfront development, his wife not really being dead and jeezus, who frickin cares what else;
      -Stan & Bennet’s wife develop a friendship until 10 episodes in, she figures out he’s the guy who beat the snot outta her husband;
      -Holder becomes a Snidely Whiplash-style evil suspect, until he isn’t, and then gets run down by a truck driven by one of Stan & Mitch’s sons (most likely the bed wetter);
      -Linden keeps the airline industry in business single-handedly by booking, then missing flights every day to Northern CA. Her son, ex and fiance finally run off to blissfully live in a Linden free environment.

      Sorry AMC, I know you felt you had to save face by renewing this crap for another season, but I’m not watching next summer. Plus, if you really bought into the concept, shouldn’t you have brought it back in the fall or winter, like the 2 part seasons other networks use? Or are you hoping the agony & disappointment of the last 13 weeks will be forgotten in a year?

      • Anonymous

        Oh, lol for reals. Actually, Linder on the plane and Mitch off to globetrot looked to me like two actresses zippily leaving the TV equivalent of the Titanic.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll just leave this here:

      http://fuckthekilling.com/

      • http://twitter.com/melizer Melizer

        “As a matter of due process it should be said that the series satisfies conspiracy theorists with the .0009 percent chance that Richmond is actually not guilty. The sane among us will run, as they say, with the facts on the ground.”

        WHAT!? 

    • http://twitter.com/megkissel Meg Kissel

      I request recaps for Game of Thrones instead! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=793548863 Erin Hanlon

      From the interview with Veena Sud: “I don’t follow fan forums and don’t read a lot of stuff on the Internet. I haven’t read a lot about the show, expressly because I don’t want to know. I’ve heard anecdotally that people are excited about the show, and I think that’s great. But I also think it’s very important for writers to preserve their inner compass and not get influenced by people who may like it or may not.”
      Does she understand that a show lives and dies by it’s viewers? I’m not saying that you have to do everything the audience wants, but at least have some respect for the viewing audience. This show had such potiental–I really like Linden and Holder–but I’m not sticking around for season 2.

    • Anonymous

      The difference in tone between the Twitter comments last night on the Game of Thrones finale and The Killing were pretty amusing! Really glad now that I stopped watching 4 episodes in, though I did watch the finale after seeing T&L’s outraged tweet about it. 

      Is it too late for AMC to renege on renewing the show for a second season? They’re losing a lot of good will by backing this POS.

    • vmcdanie

      Following the Twitter tags, NYMag is pissed. Not sure if it breaks the rules here to post to their article but you must go to their site (after reading everything here of course) and check it out.

    • http://twitter.com/NostalgiaOD NostalgiaOD

      Can I also just add how ridiculous it was that Bennett’s wife didn’t know who Stan was? You wouldn’t know who practically killed your husband, after he confessed and was arrested.  Really???

    • Anonymous

      Well, I have to give them credit.  I was expecting a WTF ending and they gave us the one ending I didn’t see coming.  The sheer audacity of not wrapping up this overly drawn out mess is amazing.  So they’re seriously going to pile on another dozen or so hours of red herrings?  Are they planning on sticking with this one case for the entire run of the series?  I definitely won’t be around for Season 2.  What’s the point?

    • Anonymous

      Did anyone see the review posted on the New York Times site yesterday? Interesting how the reviewer didn’t seem to finish the show…
      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/arts/television/the-killing-on-amc-solves-murder-in-season-finale.html?_r=1 

      • Anonymous

        Bellafante published an update on the artsbeat blog giving her reasons
        for believing that actually, the Holder-fake-evidence is the red
        herring, not the nailing of Richmond:

        http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/the-killing-finale-clearer-than-you-thought/

        Which — to be honest, would fit the M.O. of the show exactly–they
        introduce in the last 5 minutes of the finale some red herring, only to
        show it is irrelevant in the first 5 minutes of the next season.

      • Anonymous

        Bellafante published an update on the artsbeat blog giving her reasons
        for believing that actually, the Holder-fake-evidence is the red
        herring, not the nailing of Richmond:

        http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/the-killing-finale-clearer-than-you-thought/

        Which — to be honest, would fit the M.O. of the show exactly–they
        introduce in the last 5 minutes of the finale some red herring, only to
        show it is irrelevant in the first 5 minutes of the next season.

    • Anonymous

      All season too much time was spent on red herrings and in the end too much was left unanswered.  I don’t mind a cliffhanger, but this show was ridiculous. 

    • Anonymous

      Like so many others, including TLo, I loved the first few episodes of this show and was happy to have such a smart, engrossing mystery to look forward to for weeks on end. The writing wasn’t sustained, and the plotting was disappointing, but there were still things about the show I liked, and besides, I wanted to know WKRL!  And I was sure I’d find out last night. I began to get nervous during the scene in which Stan creeps into Bennett’s hospital room (Seriously??? The man arrested for beating him into a coma is allowed into his room???) and stares at him. It seemed to imply that there was more to come on that plot line, and it didn’t seem that there was enough time to resolve it.

      When the credits appeared, I was furious. Have some respect for your audience, why doncha?  Thirteen weeks of ridiculous, overly plotted red herrings and absurd setups and you seriously expect us to return?  NEXT SUMMER???? 

      As TLo so eloquently said, NO. Fuck you.

    • Lattis

      If Scheherazade had been stupid enough to have told this story, her head would have ROLLED.T Lo – you said it.

    • Anonymous

      I just finished watching the final episode of The Killing. The first words out of mouth were, “Are you fucking killing me?” I get on-line to read your review and the first words y’all said were “Are you fucking kidding me?” That’s all got is a big, “Are you fucking kidding me?” Kudos to all that summon more reflection on this series but frankly I do not want to waste more of my time on this show. The only thing I will add is what a waste of acting talent on this poorly plotted drama.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001104834266 Kathleen Ryan

      All season, I’ve been watching this show -solely- via reading your reviews. For the first two or three episodes, I thought, “Maybe I’m going to read a spolier that ruins the actual viewing of this series, and it’d be such a shame, because TLo clearly love it.” Later in season, I thought, “Well, it still sounds interesting, but if it’s that uneven, I guess I won’t worry about spoilers until we get closer to the end. I’ll just plan to catch as much as I can in ‘marathon’ format before the season finale.” Finally I realized, “The only thing that still seems worthwhile about this show is reading TLo wax wrathful about the plot, writing, and direction,” and I stopped worrying about spoilers. Final result: I’m glad I skipped it and I enjoyed what you wrote about it, but I wish I had a magic wand to give you all that time and effort back.

    • mandyjane123700

      I really couldn’t believe how this (didn’t) end! I am also not planning to give the second season a chance, which is a shame because the acting on this show was excellent.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AJLOQGMSCMG5KS6OIVJSWATEJQ Doreen

      I think they shot 2 endings and when it was renewed, just added the scenes of Linden on the plane and Holden getting in the car. Because nothing leading up to it made any sense with that “ending”.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

        Doreen, you’re so right! There’s no way they would have left us hanging if the show was not renewed… or would they?

        As for the fact that “nothing leading up to it made any sense” — that has been my grievance all along. The crazy plot twists were just thrown in without foreshadowing or substantiation. None of it made any sense.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

      I pretty much have one thing to say about The Killing: Ugh.
      But at least the Game of Thrones finale was great!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      AMEN! T-Lo, you nailed it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      AMEN! T-Lo, you nailed it.

    • http://twitter.com/Coloradowomyn Kimberly S-W

      Best quote from the Vulture review: But let’s be frank: Other than the identity of the murderer, what is there to tune in for next year? Mitch’s European vacation of self-discovery? (We’re imagining Eat Pray Love directed by Werner Herzog.)

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been enjoying this show all along and defending it, and now I just have to say, damn if T-Lo aren’t dead right. I won’t be back next season.  I didn’t care about Laura Palmer after season 1 and I sure as hell don’t care about Rosie Larsen.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been enjoying this show all along and defending it, and now I just have to say, damn if T-Lo aren’t dead right. I won’t be back next season.  I didn’t care about Laura Palmer after season 1 and I sure as hell don’t care about Rosie Larsen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      Actually, the more I think about it the more pissed I am at AMC. They killed a smart show like Rubicon, they screwed up the negotiations on Mad Men, and they renewed this insipid show for 26 more episodes!! 

    • Anonymous

      What a joke of a finale. But didn’t Rubicon have a similar development? Strong setting, good acting but clueless and ridiculous plot after a few episodes.
      But I’d rather watch a second season of Rubicon than one of The Killing.

    • Anonymous

      Yes yes yes. I couldn’t wait to read your review, and really appreciate the other ones you linked to, also. We were convinced as the hour was ending and the plot wasn’t, that it must be a 2 hour episode. Nope. I was baffled that they were so eager to jump on red herring Richmond–I kept saying, “but what about MOTIVE? Are we just supposed to believe that this kind grieving soul is now just a psychopathic killer?” Holder was also a cheap shot, but was that yet another lie? I mean, so easy to find out the photo was a fake… And really? A big ole Jack Ruby REALLY?? When he said ‘Mitch left’ I was all, ‘for what? to get groceries??” Soooo annoying. Great acting, visuals, everything else blew chunks. Sigh. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      Sadly, I agree. I wish I could remake it myself from the first episode because it started like something I WISH I had created/written, and now it ends with such crap, and that feels particularly cruel…

    • Anonymous

      So pissed.  I have no interest in watching another season of this show.  It’s so disappointing.  

    • Joy Johson

      You and Mo Ryan and Alan Sepinwall basically said everything I wanted to say.  I was out last night and got home halfway through the second airing.  I stayed up until the third airing at 1:00 a.m. and by 2:00 a.m. I was wide awake from fury.  

      Since I don’t have a blog, I’d like to add this here. In the end, I’m mostly very angry with the writing of Mitch.  She LEFT her CHILDREN???!!!??!  You KNOW your husband is going to jail and you think it’s okay to leave your two young children who have just lost their sister, who are obviously confused and think they did something wrong because everyone around them is mad or sad all the time and you just leave leave them?? Michelle Forbes did a great job with what she was given, but that character writing stinks.  She forced her husband into beating the teacher and then she leaves.  Very poor form writers. 
       

      • http://profiles.google.com/sntierney Shannon Tierney

        and being that her family is broke, i’m thinking she’ll get as far as Spokane…

    • abby liles

      If you guys watched it, would you give your thoughts on game of thrones as a season? Please? I’m praying you’ve been liking it more than the Killing, which I’m likewise giving up on.

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

      The show was basically one long exercise in jerking people around. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that’s what it went for right up to the last minute but they’ve yanked their last football, as far as I’m concerned.

    • Anonymous

      An absolute Mobius Strip of Suspension of Disbelief … the likes of which I have never seen in almost 60 years of TV viewing.
      Bah! 

      The nonsense was so incessant, it’s got to be beyond the capacity – or will, frankly – of any one recapper (or duo) to compile an exhaustive list.  
      I can’t believe Veena Sud could fail so wretchedly and still have a job.  It’s astounding that she could fail her audience so badly and yet hoodwink? mesmerize? the suits at AMC so thoroughly.

      “Breaking Bad” can’t begin soon enough for me . . . .
      I feel like I’ve spent the last 10 weeks locked in a particularly foul gas station men’s room.

    • Anonymous

      I’m really hoping all the vitriol heaped on “The Killing” doesn’t cause Sud or AMC to twist the show to please the critics.

      I loved the finale. That scene with Holder at the end… I remembered that there was something off with him at the start. It wasn’t a surprise. But we still don’t know what’s really going on there.

      The Belko scene was maybe a bit too much melodrama, but I still want to find out what happens. I don’t know what Sud et al are doing, but I feel as if it’s got to be something new when so many of us love the show while it’s about the most critically lambasted that I can think of.

    • Anonymous

      I’m really hoping all the vitriol heaped on “The Killing” doesn’t cause Sud or AMC to twist the show to please the critics.

      I loved the finale. That scene with Holder at the end… I remembered that there was something off with him at the start. It wasn’t a surprise. But we still don’t know what’s really going on there.

      The Belko scene was maybe a bit too much melodrama, but I still want to find out what happens. I don’t know what Sud et al are doing, but I feel as if it’s got to be something new when so many of us love the show while it’s about the most critically lambasted that I can think of.

    • Anonymous

      I’m really hoping all the vitriol heaped on “The Killing” doesn’t cause Sud or AMC to twist the show to please the critics.

      I loved the finale. That scene with Holder at the end… I remembered that there was something off with him at the start. It wasn’t a surprise. But we still don’t know what’s really going on there.

      The Belko scene was maybe a bit too much melodrama, but I still want to find out what happens. I don’t know what Sud et al are doing, but I feel as if it’s got to be something new when so many of us love the show while it’s about the most critically lambasted that I can think of.

    • Linda Sweeney

      Thanks for blogging about this show indeed.  Now I know for sure it wasn’t a waste of my time to walk away from it weeks ago.   I know you guys liked LOST but I felt the same way about that one along about the time the writers killed off two characters they’d never introduced and which meant nothing.  I’d rather read, thanks so much.  Hope AMC comes up with something better next time.

    • Anonymous

      So what happened in the Danish version? Was that just as bad and if so, why did AMC re-make it?

    • Anonymous

      Your review was much better than the actual show, TLo.  Thanks for finding out who didn’t do it, though it was a waste of your time.  AMC had better shape up.

    • http://angryfemur.tumblr.com Andrea Lane

      Here, here. The thing is, if some of the multitude of ‘plot twists’ that appeared in JUST this episode had been spread throughout the season, the show may have almost redeemed itself. As it was, I almost wish they’d just declared Richmond the killer and been done with it.

      Ugh, reading Veena Sud’s interview is like being bludgeoned repeatedly with an encyclopedia of idiocy. What a self-important snot. “I haven’t read a lot about the show, expressly because I don’t want to know.” Yeah, no frakking wonder. This does not seem like an individual who understands the term ‘constructive criticism’.

      I’m so BUMMED. I was totally looking FORWARD to a murder-mystery series that stepped outside the original mold. But stepping outside the original mold does not mean that you forgo having anything remotely resembling a cohesive structure. Even shows with endings that didn’t live up to all my expectations (ex. Lost, BSG) still felt like something had settled. When the credits rolled, I just rolled my eyes and made a thumbs down sign. No way am I wasting any more time on this show. Bite me, AMC.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5DNXU7IG2M55RG3EO35CSNCMWA Libra_Lady_12

      Well, I guess that I’m the voice of dissent here.

      I will be watching season 2, and I’m genuinely not at all upset at not knowing who the killer is just yet. I found the end surprising and enjoyed being genuinely shocked.

      I really want to know what’s up with Holder, who is my favorite character. Is he really a bad guy? Then again, never believe a trailer/teaser; it could all be misleading, and it probably is, but I still want to know. I’m also interested in knowing _why_ Rosie was killed. I can’t help but wonder: OK, if Holder killed her or was involved, _why_ did he do it? They don’t seem to have any kind of connection.

      I was shocked that Mitch left, although given how she’s been, maybe it would be best for her to get away for awhile and pull herself together, and maybe her kids would be better left in the care of her sister or her parents while she gets away to recover for awhile; she’s a mess and maybe time alone to figure things out is the best solution at this point. I still don’t rule her out as a suspect, though.

      Maybe I’m just odd, or maybe I just don’t get super-emotional about TV shows, but it honestly didn’t bother me. The story is that of the creators (or, in this case, this particular version of a story belongs to those who adapted it) and it is theirs to tell as they wish. If they want to leave it on a cliffhanger, there’s nothing wrong with that. No writer ever owes anyone anything. I can definitely understand the other side, though, and given that I’m the only one who seems to feel this way, I’m probably the odd one. Still, however the story unfolds, I’m still curious to see how it all pans out, so I’ll keep watching.

      • Anonymous

        You’re not the only one. Also, Mitch leaving resonated with me, having been through a few family crises where people did things that weren’t rational, out of grief.

      • MilaXX

        If the rest of the season had been satisfying and interesting, not knowing who the real murderer was or finding out that Holder  faked those photos would have been okay. But this show started out with a lot of promise and then just offered up a bunch of misery porn, red herrings that were so cliche as to be insulting, and the world’s dumbest political campaign ever. For people like myself, the only reason to continue to watch was to find out who the murderer was. Without that as a resolution then it feels like a wasted 13 hours of tv. In order for me to check back in on season 2 this show would have to seriously be retooled. I don’t mind unexpected plot twist, but make them somehow believable in the word you create. Veena Sud failed to do that for me.

    • Anonymous

      “For us, and we’ll go out on a limb and say that for the majority of the viewership, the only thing that would have made us interested in watching Season 2 would be a satisfying and clean wrapup to Season 1.”

      I guess I’m in the minority. The only thing I can think of that would have made me less interested in coming back for Season 2 would have been a nice clean Law& Order: The Wet Ones ending to Season 1. 

    • Shannon Merryman

      gahh…some of the comments on the first article you linked are so idiotic it reminded me why I normally ever only look at the comments on this site! 

    • Anonymous

      Amen! This, Sepinwall and Ryan’s reviews should be required reading today in AMC land.

    • Anonymous

      So the defense lawyer won’t want the original footage of Richmond going through the tollbooth, and that’s never going to catch up with Holder, and Sarah’s never going to get called back to testify or find out, and she’s allowed to scream at suspects and go into their apartments and read emails, and the teacher’s wife never saw a picture of the guy who beat her husband to death,and she just happened to get out of the car where there was an opening in the fence, and DO THE WRITERS OF THIS SHOW THINK THE VIEWERS HAVE NEVER WATCHED A CRIME DRAMA OR READ A CRIME NOVEL??? I knew the shocker would be one of the detectives because it was the only shocker that wouldn’t make any sense. Done with this one, but Falling Skies looked like it might fun to watch kind of like The Walking Dead and unlike V, The resistence looks like it’s more than 5 people!

    • Anonymous

      Worse than the Dallas dream sequence? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713709401 Randy Noak

      I had such high hopes for this series. I’ve somehow missed out on all of the other AMC shows that get such acclaim. This time, I was determined that I would watch one from the beginning to the end. As pretty much everyone has said, the show started out strong. I especially loved Mireille Enos’ portrayal. But I just got so depressed as it went on and on and on. I don’t mind slow-pacing, but this just became downright boring. Then being given that lame excuse for an ending, I got really pissed. I really invested some time into this show and they basically spit in my face. I will not be watching next season…at all.