Look, I’m as frustrated with a two year tease as anyone else, but there’s a simple reality: The Killing is never at its best as a police procedural. In fact, police procedurals in general are never at their best as police procedurals. When was the last time one stunned you with its unique insight or clever construction? When was the last time one surprised you? Cop and detective shows have always had gimmicks, interesting characters, oddball relationships, or some kind of formalism as part of the diversion, because the procedural itself is never the compelling part. Done and done and done and done. To death (see what I did there?).
And in winding down the resolution of the mystery of Rosie Larsen’s murder, Donnie or Marie gave us little time for the character scenes and the beautiful composition that has made this show wonderful in the intermittent moments that it has been, in fact, wonderful.
When Stan talks about the light coming into a house, it illuminates his face, and when he calls Mitch on her sanctimonious shit, it’s breathtaking. In fact, every great scene this episode involved Stan, and there was very little of him, so there you are. Michelle Forbes is an actress I have loved for many years, but Mitch’s self-righteous My Grief Is Bigger Than Your Grief turns my stomach, and nothing in the performance redeems that. How awful of Mitch to return with so little gratitude or remorse. I cannot believe she was an easy person to live with before all this happened, and I have no doubt why Rosie turned away from her. TV is full of narcissistic mothers these days (I’m talking to you, Gail Holloway).
And forgive me for thinking there’s something just a wee bit homophobic about the sudden reveal that the tough female villain is a lesbian and that will break the case. Really, The Killing? Really? I mean, she’s the only woman of color on the show and she’s evil and now she’s a dyke? REALLY?
So, whatever. Not my happy place. Some good (for a change) pacing doesn’t put me in a forgiving mood.
Jamie probably did it, but a backflip twist is not out of the question. I will blog the finale and then I’m done with this show.