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TV Review: The Killing – Season Premiere – “The Jungle”/ “That You Fear Most”

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Warning: Spoilers.

The Killing is back on AMC and it’s doing what it does best – grabbing us by the jugular and feeding our morbid curiosities with tales of decapitated girls, homeless teens, an abundance of rain and corpses, and detectives whose lives are as complicated as the murky crimes they are trying to solve.The Killing Season 3

This season the series transports us from the high stakes world of politics to the equally seedy underworld of prostitution. Each of these charged backdrops exposing the human condition at its most desperate and vulnerable and strung together by the familiar theme of victims being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

We’re still in Seattle. The Killing is still employing girls as their victims – and naturally the innocent ones. The gruesome slaying of a working girl we encounter within in the first few minutes of the show sets off the investigation that will ultimately draw both Holder and Linden back together. It takes the course of the episode to understand how this will happen but in time case files are left with Linden and (gasp!) Holder does some fancy detective work of his own and dots are connected.

The case driving this season’s story was alluded to last season – we come to understand it was Linden’s breaking point – the case that finally cracked her sanity and made her lose her marbles. The clues we have – a little boy named Adrian who likes to draw lots and lots of trees (hard to come by in Seattle) and was present in the apartment when his mom got brutally murdered; Adrian’s father, Peter Sarsgaard (equal parts deliciously evil and cunning as Ray) who is on death row; a serial killer with a penchant for breaking fingers and collecting trophy rings, and Linden’s hunch that Ray’s innocent of killing his wife, Adrian’s mother. Got all that?

The season also introduces us to new characters – homeless teens from broken homes with names like Lyric, Bullet, Kallie, and Twitch who use their bodies and street wiles to keep them alive. I’ve already taken a liking to Bullet, the token butch, who protects the other girls from pimps and douche-y guys like Twitch, and whose sparring with Holder will eventually give way to mutual understanding and dare I say, admiration? Bullet suspects her dear friend Kallie of being attacked and goes on a personal manhunt mission to find her. The episode ends with that loose end but given Kallie is a sweet, innocent girl I can only assume her fate on this show.

Additional drama includes Linden’s relationship with her former partner who worked with her on the Ray Seward case – hard to define but given the smarminess factor of the actor playing the detective, betrayal, cover-ups and adultery were likely on the menu with Linden colluding on 1 of those 3 offenses.

The season opener ends with Adrian’s picture coming to life and Linden coming out of a sea of dense fog only to uncover more corpses. I only questioned the authenticity of it taking Linden four years to find that spot. Given her obsessively thorough nature it didn’t really seem to add up that she wouldn’t have hunted down this locale four years ago. Then again it wouldn’t have packed the same punch if upon seeing all those corpses wrapped in what looked like pink cellophane Linden turned to the camera and said glibly, “On yeah. I knew I forgot something.”

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  • eyeorr

    The reason she was able to finally go to that spot is because Aiden drew the pictures of the burnt out barns that were missing in other pictures. Plus last season was about the Larson’s. ;0-)

  • Suz

    You need alluded, not eluded.

    • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com/ Christopher Rose

      Fixed.

      Good catch, Suz, thanks.