It would be my luck that the first show I decide to review on a consistent basis would turn into one that I don’t even look forward to watching anymore. The only reason why I continue this is because I’m already past the halfway mark and now it’s becoming entertaining to point out what’s wrong with the series.

Don’t get me wrong, last night’s episode of THE KILLING was better than last week’s, but that really wasn’t too hard of a feat. I guess I was hoping that AMC had a crime show that would be as well-written and executed as WALKING DEAD, BREAKING BAD and MAD MEN. But aside from the pilot, THE KILLING’s meandering has worn thin and last night’s episode continued the tradition but made things worse as it was stuffed to the gills with scene after scene of just bad television.

Before I start on what I didn’t like, I do want to point out there were two scenes I did enjoy. One was Sarah and Stephen finally having their bonding moment in the final moments of the show. It was definitely needed and even though it was well-acted, I feel it was a little too late. We needed that scene two episodes ago. The second was Mitch and and her husband drawing blood when they each blamed the other for Rosie’s murder. That’s about it. The rest of it was chock full of laughable situations and cringe-inducing cliches. Let’s take a look at a few examples, shall we?

You are an FBI agent in charge of a van full of evidence in a possible terrorist investigation. A spunky detective from the local police approaches you with some barely plausible story of needing to get inside and look at some of this evidence. She seems pretty determined and says she has authorization, but instead of possibly losing your job, you decide to contact your superior to confirm, then leave the officer alone with the evidence? Ugh.

You are the lead investigator on a high-profile case of a murdered teenage girl. It’s being heavily covered on the news and possibly tied to a local mosque, terrorism and a politician running for mayor. You have recovered a piece of clothing that may have belonged to the murder victim. You show the article of clothing to the deceased’s mother to see if she recognizes it. The mother confirms it belonged to her daughter and that she thought she had lost it. You then walk off without asking where she last saw it or when she first noticed it missing? Ugh.

You are the lead investigator on a high-profile case of a murdered teenage girl. It’s being heavily covered on the news and possibly tied to a local mosque, terrorism and a politician running for mayor. You are very intelligent, thorough and are known to obsess over your cases until they are completed, ignoring the needs of your family in the process. There is the possibility of information being leaked to the media by an inside source so you leave crime scene photos on an unsecured laptop that a teenage boy also uses? Ugh.

You are part of the investigative team trying to solve the high-profile case of a murdered teenage girl. It’s being heavily covered on the news and possibly tied to a local mosque, terrorism and a politician running for mayor. You have special relationships with judges from your time as an undercover officer but are unable to get one to sign a search warrant on the home of a suspect the victim was last seen and where witnesses claimed to have watched the suspect carry a woman out of on the night the teen was murdered…but within hours of asking a judge, you’re able to install a wiretap on the suspect’s home phone and capture a suspicious conversation thirty minutes later? Ugh.

You are the police chief who has the public and the media all over your ass because you have not solved the killing of a teenager whose murder is possibly tied to a local mosque, terrorism and a politician running for mayor. You make the smart move of getting one of your best detectives on the case, even though she was set to resign and leave for another state in one day, practically forcing her to postpone her plans to lead the investigation and train her replacement. You know her tendencies to obsess over cases, but within a week of her doing exactly what you asked, you act like you have no idea why she’s still there and tell her she’s worn out her welcome and to get the hell out of Dodge even after she’s expressed concerns over her replacement being inadequate to handle the current murder investigation? Ugh.

Local news broadcasts rarely, if ever, show images of dead bodies to the public, even in the case of all the things going on overseas with our military. But in Seattle, their news station broadcasts crime scene photos that include the dead, water-logged body of a teenage girl in the trunk of a car pulled from a lake? Ugh. But in Seattle’s defense, this is the same city were one can apparently join huge crowds of men at 9 a.m. to witness cage matches? Ugh.

I could go on pointing out other eye-rolling scenes like the one of Richmond finally shrugging off his cool, collected exterior to punch a bathroom mirror…and then look at his reflection in the fractured pieces…but honestly I’m tired of writing about this episode, and this show for that matter.

I’ll be there ’til the end just to see if it sticks the landing, but this is probably the last I’ll write about it. If that’s the case, let me put it out there that I think Bennet’s activities are good-natured. Him and Muhammad are probably transporting Somali children illegally to save them from a sex trade or something, not to harm them. Somehow Rosie got tangled up in this, specifically with the young girl who was pointed out as missing by the mosque leader in the last episode. But at this point, I don’t really give a shit. I don’t know anything about the dead girl, and don’t like anyone attached to her, to care.

[rating:2.5/5]

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