Get your fix of cops and crime
LOOK at the date will you; Christmas decorations have been up for months. And yet there are still new shows being launched on television. And not just on television, but free-to-air television.
It’s as if . . . it’s like . . . do you think someone cares about us? Is that possible? No. It’s nothing to do with us. We get the nice run-off though, this time.
When you’ve seen everything, it’s hard to get worked up about another remake.
Enter The Killing – who even knew that was a show in the first place? About three people. W---ers mostly, too, who get feelings of superiority whenever they watch something with subtitles. Like the rest of us can’t read? But, as it happens, I was one of those w---ers. I loved The Killing. Even though I didn’t make it quite to the end of the estimated 27 episodes. I can’t even recall if SBS wound up putting them all to air. God it was long. I’ve had relationships that didn’t last as long as this show. It was from Denmark. I don’t know if that had any bearing on its extreme length.
So what’s it about, an abattoir? Because it sounds like there’s a lot of killing, a name like that. But only the one death so far. As you’ll find out, when you watch it tonight on ONE.
I can’t speak for you but I feel as if I’m about to. We need an absorbing, dense, long-haul cop show, now more than ever. Otherwise what happens? Do we start watching cricket matches? Talking to the family about their day?
I’m just hoping the other two people who watched the original version of The Killing aren’t out there putting it about that this one is ‘‘ worse’’.
Only old people compare shows like that. Or me, when I’m talking about the first Mildred Pierce versus Kate Winslet’s. This one’s a cracker. It reminds me a bit of Twin Peaks. Tiny bit. The bleak Pacific northwest setting. The political byplay.
Obviously it’s not Twin Peaks. And the problems that arise— if you can call murder a problem — when a pretty teenage girl shows one side of herself to her parents and unleashes a very different person on weekends is hardly new. The hidden side of people is the oldest, but most enticing, theme in fiction. And in real life.
The best recommendation I can give The Killing is the network who did this in the US is AMC, who also brought us Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
Leave it with you.