'The Killing - The Complete First Season'
(Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Jamie Anne Allman, Brent Sexton, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2012 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: Following a shocking murder, the lives of the police, suspects and victim's family are intricately woven together in this incredible Golden Globe® nomination and multiple Emmy® nominations series starring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman.
DVD Verdicts: I have been so looking forward to watching this on DVD that I purposely didn't watch one episode of it on TV, neither did I read any reports on its conclusion in the papers thereafter. I sheltered myself so well that when I'd watched the 13th, and final episode of this in-depth TV show - all in one sitting - I was left as completely mentally exhausted by the path taken as were are two lead detectives.
Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman as those two detectives are INCREDIBLE in their disjointed roles here in 'The Killing' - an American crime drama television series based on the Danish television series with the same English title, but known as Forbrydelsen (The Crime) in Danish. (oh, and before you ask, this US version also features a DIFFERENT killer!) Poles apart in any relationship or work ethic of understanding, they come together scene after scene, knowing that the reveal of who the killer of Rosie Larsen is is more important than anything else that may, or may not be happening in their own lives.
The first episode, 'The Pilot' gives us a two hour overview of who the main players are, what their jobs are, what their personal b/s is, and more importantly, who was killed and where. Each episode is a day on the clock that the murder hunt is on, and with Rosie Larsen found dead in the trunk of a submerged car trunk, the suspects are multiple. In 'The Cage,' the possible scene of the crime is discovered beneath the school dwelling, a pervert is found on premises, and a political tie in is discovered - as the submerged car was owned by a Mayoral Candidate.
In 'El Diablo,' a friend of a friend is thrown into the suspect limelight due to a video that emerges from the Cage. Detective Linden (Enos) is constantly meant to fly out to get married in Sonoma, CA, but now wants to stay and finish the case. In 'A Soundless Echo,' they have a suspect in custody for the death of Rosie, some other secrets are revealed, but this is the mid-section of the show - and it slows right down. And continues to with 'Super 8,' where an adult lover of Rosie's is supposedly discovered. There is also a mole known to now be within the Darren Richmond Mayoral Campaign.
In 'What You Have Left,' it's now Day 6 and the funeral of Rosie takes place. That and a possibly HUGE fact is revealed, but is it something that can be believed? In 'Vengeance,' Linden misses her flight again, but this is another slow episode. 'Stonewalled' shows us that the FBI are now involved and that one of their suspects might actually be a terrorist! Linden's partner, Detective Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) is revealed as an ex-junkie.
In 'Undertow,' a smear campaign is underway within the political campaign to ensure one or other of the Mayoral candidates come out on top, and a top suspect speaks out of turn and puts himself in danger. In 'I'll Let You Know When I Get There,' it's now Day 10 and a chief suspect is put in hospital by an angry Mr. Larsen, but was it all for nothing? Stan Larsen then turns himself into the police, and suddenly a new suspect is revealed. And slowly, but surely, Linden's personal life is falling apart.
In 'Missing,' an Indian casino seems to be another stop on Rosie's last night, but the majority of the episode revolves around the disappearance of Linden's son, Jack. In 'Beau Soleil,' new evidence about Rosie comes to the fore, and one seems to suggest she had become a Social Introduction Service for clients looking for 'love'. The supposed killer has been nicknamed Orpheus now due to his sign in name on the Beau Soleil website, and come the end of this 12th episode (one that stands alone as easily being an end-of-season reveal) we finally get to meet Orpheus.
In the 13th and final episode of the first season, 'Orpheus Descending' (and an extended episode at that), the person revealed as Orpheus still has to be legal caught and so Linden allows them to walk away - for now. At its end, Linden makes her flight, finally, but gets a phone call on the runway that rocks her, a main character shows another devious side to themselves, and a REAL BIG CLIFFHANGER is given to us!
In conclusion, this show is INCREDIBLE, but slow (major league slow) at times, so beware! Based in Seattle is rains every two of every three scenes, and when I say rain, I mean hard pouring rain that soaks our characters to their skins each and every time they walk in it! Mireille Enos as Linden is the PERFECT fit for the role, her looks, eyes, subtle gestures making the character a solid study of a cop that won't take red herrings for the answers she truly expects to encounter. Joel Kinnaman as her partner Holder is great too, but trying to be the comic relief does tend to weigh his acting skills down somewhat. A solid, really incredible ensemble here makes 'The Killing' a tad bit 'Twin Peaks-y,' but nonetheless still allows it to be be less quirky - and yet just as unmissable. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1:78) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Commentary on Pilot
Orpheus Descending – Extended Season Finale
An Autopsy of The Killing
Commentary on Orpheus Descending