The Killing

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mireille Enos (Sarah Lin­den) was nom­i­nated for a Prime­time Emmy and a Golden Globe for out­stand­ing lead ac­tress for her role in this dense and com­plex psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller based on the orig­i­nal Scan­di­na­vian se­ries. (Enos is good in her lumpy, bumpy jumper, but Dan­ish ac­tress So­phie Grabol in her trade­mark Faroese sweater is bet­ter.) While the Scan­di­na­vian se­ries ended af­ter three sea­sons, this US version stretched to four. Here, a dou­ble episode picks up the story. In Blood in the Wa­ter, Lin­den is still com­ing to terms with hav­ing killed her for­mer lover and boss, James Skin­ner. No loss there, he was a psy­chotic se­rial killer, but she shouldn’t have done it. Fel­low homi­cide de­tec­tive Stephen Holder (Joel Kin­na­man), who’s cov­ered up Lin­den’s lit­tle in­dis­cre­tion at some emo­tional cost to him­self, joins her on a new case. The Stans­burys, a Seat­tle fam­ily, are found bru­tally mur­dered. Son Kyle (Tyler Ross), a cadet at St Ge­orges Mil­i­tary Acad­emy, is the only sur­vivor and is shap­ing up as the likely sus­pect. In Un­rav­el­ling, the sec­ond episode (of six), Lin­den and Holder start ques­tion­ing the vic­tims’ neigh­bours only to dis­cover the out­wardly per­fect fam­ily had a se­cret. In a par­al­lel theme, De­tec­tive Carl Red­dick (Gregg Henry) sets out to dis­cover what hap­pened to Skin­ner. The first three sea­sons are avail­able on Net­flix.

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