Normally, I don't like to watch TV shows on my computer,
on Netflix or any other online channel. However, I love The
Killing, so I had to make an exception. I loved the first 3
seasons. I was not one of those bothered by the fact that
they didn't catch the killer in the first season. The show
is very realistic and gritty, in its way, and cops generally
don't catch the killers right away (often it takes years or
not at all).
More important to me about this show are the characters,
the dialogue, and the setting (and the mood or tone of the
show). I enjoy the story, but it's not the most important
thing to me. That being said, if the story is deeply flawed
or the characters suddenly act stupid when they weren't
before, that does affect my viewing. Sadly, the 4th season
does not measure up to the first 3. Sure, I did enjoy it,
and I would recommend it if you liked the first 3 seasons.
However, it is just not nearly as good. Also, they tried to
cram an awful lot of story into just 6 episodes, which was
The slow pacing of this show is one of the great things
about, so speeding it up for only 6 episodes was not a good
idea. I may be in the minority on this, though. Generally a
slow pace is not a great idea, but it does work so well with
In this season, Linden and Holder have to deal with what
happened at the end of season 3 (their murder of Skinner).
SPOILERS HERE!!! They decide to cover it up, which is
the first stupid thing about the show. They're cops, and
Skinner was a serial killer. They could easily have made it
look like self-defense. That would have been a much easier
cover-up than having to cover-up his death completely and
where they were, and what they did beforehand. So then
they make LOTS of mistakes, such as keeping the gun, shell
casings, and his phone, and forgetting that they talked to
his wife and daughter. I found it very hard to believe that
either of them would be that stupid. It all seemed very
The B story was about this multiple murder of this family
and their relationship to this military boys' school. That
was pretty good, but I really hated the ending and who did
the murder. It felt hollow and not convincing. Especially
the murder of the sisters.
Then, the way that the surprise guest star came in at the
end and solved the whole murder cover-up situation was just
way too facile and unbelievable.
I did like the very end, with Linden and Holder getting
together. However, I felt that was very rushed. I would have
preferred that they leave it open a little more at the end,
such as his daughter getting kidnapped and Linden comes back
to town to help find her. That would have been a great way
to set up a possible season 5 (I know, it's not happening,
but I can dream, can't I?). I would have liked to have
seen them kiss, too.
Anyway, check it out for yourself and see if you agree.
It is definitely still enjoyable.
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