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#1 Posted on 18.6.12 0046.41
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The Killing ended its second (and probably final) season by definitively answering "Who Killed Rosie Larsen?", and the reveal was gut-wrenching and tear-jerking as it played out onscreen.

The resolution came in two parts: how Rosie got into the park and how she got into the lake. Darren Richmond's psycho and overzealous campaign manager Jamie was repsonsible for the former after he thought Rosie filmed some secret political shenanigans at a secret meeting on the secret tenth floor of the Wapi Eagle casino. Jamie's motivations were acceptable, but his explanation to Darren after being outed was over the top and hokey. I think it was the delivery. Jamie's evil glare into the elevator camera from the previous episode was especially cheesy. And how exactly did he get Rosie's body off the tenth floor?

Jamie, however, was not the one who drove the town car with Rosie's still-alive body in the trunk into the lake. *That* act, the actual murder, was committed by Rosie's Aunt Terry (!), who didn't know it was Rosie in the trunk. Terry thought it was just some girl that was creating complications for her lover (and most valuable patron at the Beau Soleil escort service), Michael Ames. As Ames and Jamie argued, Terry watched her dream life with Ames vanish right before her eyes, and so she eliminated the problem this girl was causing with an eerie calmness. As Terry broke down revealing her act to Stan and Mitch, I did too. One of the strongest scenes on TV this year.

It took two seasons and 26 episodes to get these answers. There was a lot of misdirection and red herrings along the way, which bothered a lot of people. In that sense though, it wasn't much different than a typical season of 24. If you weren't bothered by the lack of answers during last season's finale, then you probably stuck around for the whole ride and maybe even enjoyed it. The show would've caught much less venom from critics and fans had it played out over one full network season instead of two cable seasons.

Me? I loved the show and loved the ride, but it's not a ride I would take again. I'm almost positive if you went back and checked, you'd find a lot of inconsistencies, but I'm OK with that. It was one of the most engaging shows in a long while, and was carried by superb acting and interplay between the leads. The casting was really top-notch.

One of my favorite arcs in the second season was Holder and Linden vs. The Wapi Eagle Casino, which ended with me cheering as Linden flashed her victory smile into the elevator security camera.

And I don't care what anyone says about the two standalone episodes - the one last season where Linden couldn't find Jack and the one this season where Linden was committed to a psych ward. They were two of my favorites.

Big thumbs up from me. But there's no point coming back next year. The story's done. Linden got out of the car. The ride's over.
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#2 Posted on 19.6.12 1027.56
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Jamie getting Rosie down off the 10th floor was a big question I was asking too. I also thought Terry has been quite sane throughout this ordeal - I know if I had unknowingly driven my niece into a lake while she was alive, I would've lost it. I don't remember her introduction and being really moved by that reveal. Maybe we just didn't see it, but still.

I think Brent Sexton, who played Stan, deserves a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nom for his performance. He was just awesome.
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#3 Posted on 19.6.12 1101.25
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The episode started with Rosie screaming. After several interminable seconds, we learn it's a flashback to a tickle fight with her brothers. The opening ends with her fading from the framed window of her house door.

This episode was packed with indelible moments. Rosie screaming in the trunk and then not. Gwen staring at the mayor outside the meeting room. Rosie's film. Midge half-hugging her sister. Linden and Holder in their dark office. Richmond in the council room.

We had no reason to expect the show to mature from the first season to this so well and so strong. This season hit home runs.

I'm almost relieved we don't have to see the parents explain Terry's arrest to the kids.
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#4 Posted on 21.6.12 1111.44
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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    Midge half-hugging her sister. Linden and Holder in their dark office. Richmond in the council room.

I think you mean Mitch? I had to go check imdb to make sure. For some reason I feel I would have received that character differently if her name was actually Midge.

    I'm almost relieved we don't have to see the parents explain Terry's arrest to the kids.

Gosh, I didn't even think about that. I can't imagine how incredibly painful and awkward to watch that would be.

On another note, I've been wrestling in my mind with what legal defenses, if any, Terry would have. I might have to consult some of my favorite legal message boards to get some input. The basic hypothetical is this: Person A kills Person B by drowning. However, Person A thought Person B was already dead and therefore all Person A thought she was doing was disposing of Person B's body. Does Person A have any (affirmative) defenses to a charge of first-degree murder?

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#5 Posted on 22.6.12 1241.40
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I thought the series ended weaker than I would have liked. After two seasons of TV worth of build up, it would have been hard to have a satisfying conclusion. But the whole show was built on having a rather believable, true account of an actual crime. They went away from that a little bit with season 2, everything from the aunt being the killer to Jamie being involved, to the Indian casino plotline was very hard to believe. I also never like the whole rogue cop storyline which is a huge cliche and not a good one..

With that said, I don't see why there couldn't be further seasons. A new case with new characters would be awesome. I do think they need to limit it to one season per case though. The side storyline would be Linden getting her life back on track, but still needing to work, and trying to balance doing the job and not getting too involved...

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