People who know me at least a little bit will know I am a sucker for crime and mystery shows. Which is exactly why I was intrigued when I read about The Killing on Netflix, an American crime drama series.
The Killing is an American TV show that is based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen (The Crime). The show has four seasons with each 6 up to 13 episodes. I loved how this show was filmed mostly in Vancouver with its stunning landscape but set in Seattle and kept the mysterious, foggy atmosphere of the town going until the very end, creating a vibe that felt familiar, yet intriguing.
To give an idea of what the show is about, here’s a quick summary found on Wikipedia on the first season.
I finished this show in two weeks, I think. I needed time to adjust and be fully hooked during the first season as it is quite ‘heavy’ as it is a drama and I was honestly just busy, but as soon as I dove in some more, I was hooked and my brain was cooking theories over theories whilst growing fond of the characters to the point where I’m now: sad that it’s over.
The first season covers the first two weeks of the investigation of the murder of local teenager Rosie Larsen and has three main storylines: the police investigation into Rosie’s murder, the Larsen family’s attempts to deal with their grief, and the fluctuating electoral fortunes of a political campaign that becomes embroiled in the case.
What I haven’t seen much so far was a crime show that was not only focusing on the investigation of murders but also on the affected families, friends.
I adore the connections and interactions between the police, the family and seemingly outsiders such as the media and politicians and how with each episode you keep guessing who the murderer could be.
I never found one dull moment during the series, if anything I found it interesting and somewhat relatable to see how each family member reacted to their daughter, sister, and friend Rosie’s death. And Rosie is not the only one you will start to care about.
As the seasons go on there are more cases to look forward to. Apart from that, there is also insight to Detective Linden and Holder’s lives which I very much appreciated and I liked that there weren’t ‘typical’ roles where prejudgment could’ve taken place in my mind. You grow to like or dislike the characters but you never find yourself actively thinking about it. Because the characters aren’t flawless print-on-paper characters. And I freaking love that. The cast worked brilliantly.
All in all, it is a ‘quiet’ (as in not too overwhelming and well paced for series junkies like myself in my opinion), yet complex and compelling tale of how a murder affects the lives of many people, even more than you realize.
Have you seen the show? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!