The Killing: Keylela

 Posted by on May 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm  The Killing
May 072012

Stan Larsen the KillingStan Larsen’s suffering is immense. We have been watching him grieve for two seasons, so we might forget, but the beginning of each episode of The Killing tells us that the episodes are consecutive days. His daughter has been dead for three weeks. That’s about enough time to remember how to shower and brush your teeth, because if someone you love as much as your own life dies, you’re going to forget those things.

When The Killing becomes miasmic, it’s easy to forget that, at its heart, the show is about grief. Well, about the reactions to a murder, which include grief, as well as political machinations, anger, self-righteousness, dismissal, and more. Even the things that have been poorly done on the show: Like the whole teacher thing, can tie into the broader theme. One reaction to murder? A revival of all your barely-hidden prejudices, a jumping to conclusions, an urge to violence, an urge to blame. All of these things actually did play out in the suspicion and beating and then dismissal of Bennett, and could have been played in a far more compelling manner.

But anyway, Stan Larsen grieves. You can see it in his hair, in the angle at which he holds his neck. You can hear it in the way his voice is clear, and then not, and then is again. He is suffused with loss so deep that he will create more loss: Driving Terry away. And Terry, man is she a loser who deserves driving away, but he kind of needs her, y’know?

The story of Keylela that the Chief tells (her name is Nicole Jackson, but I had to look that up) is a story of mythologizing punishment. It’s a clever bit of bait and switch; at first you think she’s talking about Rosie, the missing girl who will always be missing. But then you realize she’s talking about beating the shit out of Linden and Holder. Which I totally didn’t see coming! This show hasn’t had any violence since the shooting that ended last season, which is funny for a gruesome murder mystery.

The story ties in nicely to the notion that Rosie’s murder is itself a fairy tale, covering a dirty secret. The dirty secret of the Mayor-Ames-Janek-Chief Jackson conspiracy. The dirty secret of Terry and Beau Soleil. The dirty secret of Stan’s murderous past and Mitch’s pregnancy by another man. Nothing but dirty secrets in the body of a young girl. It was a disturbing story told by a disturbing woman, and it wasn’t too on the nose, either. You actually have to connect the dots.

Jackson herself was part of the pile of disconnected pieces of Season 1, and now she comes back, out of left field, but I’m okay with that because sense has to come out of somewhere with all this. Her scenes were intense.

And hey! Linden ran with her kid! That’s crazy. It creates the possibility that the status quo of this show will change. I don’t believe it for a minute, which is why I’m not talking about it much, but it could be cool. Linden is not that stable, is she?

Holder’s verbal mannerisms, for what it’s worth, have finally gotten on my last nerve. Jack’s right: Holder, you’re white. And not really that cool. You try too hard.


  5 Responses to “The Killing: Keylela”

  1. Sorry Deborah, but the writing of this show is firmly in CSI:Miami territory.
    Some good acting still, but the premise, the Indian angle, and pretty much everything about Richmond, are ridiculous.
    I am afraid the career of Ms. Enos is going to suffer following this (and she deserves better).

    • I haven’t watched CSI:Miami, but if that means really bad writing, than I agree. The actors in this thing are too damn good for this not to be a really good to great show.

      Mitch goes away, with 2 sons needing her. Validate with meeting Rosie surrogate who just happens to get picked up in big, dark sedan. I thought Seattle was the electric car capital of the US.

      Linden, after neglecting her son, and sorry, it is neglecting, runs away from the supposed social workers just back from their modeling gig wearing $400 dollar suits.

      Meanwhile, back at the hospital, or is it the office, or is it the hospital, or is it at Stan Larsen’s home, is Richmond, who is up and moving around like he had his tonsils removed instead of damn near losing his life with a bullet shot and a major bowel resection. Oh, did I tell you his spinal chord was severed. Tisk, tisk, these minor details.

      Now, let me see. We have been thru suspected killers; Bennett, Belko, Gwen, Rick (mine–sorry, how could I have missed the killer, when it was just so obvious from the start?), Jamie, the Mayor, Benjamin, Janek, Tom, Jasper, Jasper’s Father, Richmond, Terry, the janitor, Nicole, Lt Oakes, Alexi and anybody at that bad, bad casino. UNBELIEVABLE!

      I don’t give a damn about Richmond, because he is in better health, evidently, than most the people I know. The same for Mitch, because it is painful seeing a GREAT actress wasted in a story line that is impossible to buy. Finally, I am moving that way with Linden because she has put her self in front of what is best for her son–Sud has taken a story line that could have been ground breaking, Linden’s childhood experiences, and reduced it to Linden kidnapping her son and heading out into nothingness. Anybody have change for Jack’s supper.

      Question: Should Jack be given free counseling for the rest of his life for what he has been thru? I vote yes. You?

  2. Geez, I forgot that each episode is a day…can’t believe it’s been only three weeks(?!). It sure feels like so much longer. (Of course, we’ve all been watching for much longer than three weeks!)

    The actor who plays Stan (I’m momentarily forgetting his name) is definitely very good. He gives it his all. I agree that he needs Terry…maybe next week he’ll bring her back. (They did have that interrupted kiss not so long ago!)

    The Linden thing is a little wack. I didn’t like her just running off that way. She works in a law-and-order profession, she’s gotta know that doesn’t fly.

    Agree about Holder. Kinnaman is good but the Holder-isms are OTT at times.

  3. I thought Holder’s ass whupping was crystal clear. The Chief knew Linden would not be able to warn him in time and relished watching him suffer and making Linden listen to his agonizing screams. I no longer watch with full attention. I multi task all the way through.

    • I got the same thing, DD. The Chief is very intelligent, among other things.

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