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"The Killing" review by Suzanne
Airs Sundays 10 pm on AMC

"The Killing" is a series that just began on AMC. It is very good. It may remind you of "Twin Peaks" or "Durham County" in a lot of ways. All three are about a teenage girl being murdered, and the mysteries surrounding her, her family, and the people in the town, and the police investigating it. Twin Peaks was very weird, and Durham County was creepy and very depressing (hard to watch). I liked both shows, don't get me wrong. However, so far, "The Killing" is way better than either of them.

Unlike "Twin Peaks", the people in the show are not just weird and quirky. It is a lot more realistic. The people seem real. The show does have a dark and damp mood, since it takes place in Seattle. There is a lot of rain. There is much drama and sadness, but not, at least so far, to the extent we saw in "Durham County".

The other difference is that the main investigator in "The Killing" is a woman, Det. Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos). She is a bit dour and doesn't smile much, so we get the impression that she's seen a lot of death, but she's a very good detective. She's supposed to be moving away; leaving town with her fiance and her son, but the case keeps her in town. All of the acting is really well done, but hers is probably the best and most under-stated.

Another similarity between this show and "Durham County" is that Michelle Forbes stars in both shows. She is one of my favorite actresses and has done many great things. She is probably best known for "True Blood". Her characters on both The Killing and Durham County are mothers who lost children, but that seems to be where the similarities end. Thank goodness, because her character was horrible in Durham County. Please keep the razor blades away from her!

A very small complaint is that the pacing of the show is kind of slow. It does add to the mood of the show. I find myself fast-forwarding through some of it. But overall it is a great show, and I can't wait to find out what happens next! Oh, the show takes place in Seattle, but it sort of feels like a small town. I've been to Seattle, and it does not seem as dark and gloomy as it does in this show. That's a very minor complaint, too.

The killing of the teenager is not the only mystery. There are a few secrets about the people running for mayor, and their staff. Billy Campbell is great as councilman Richmond. There is a lot of intrigue with many of the characters. Sarah's new partner on the murder investigation is former undercover vice cop Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman). He is kind of slimy but likable.  The characters are well-drawn, and the plot is very good, and also the dialogue is witty. I can't say enough about the writing.

You should definitely watch the show, especially if you like great drama. It is really enjoyable and intriguing. Of course you can watch the first episode(s) on the AMC page at http://www.amctv.com/originals/the-killing/

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