I’m fighting over what I should nickname the last episode of ‘The Killing’. It’s down to two finalists: “The Great Search for Jack” or “The Linden and Holder Show”. In other news… Well, there is no other news. This is certainly a disappointing episode.
I’m not one to poo-poo a show for focusing on its characters more than the plot, but episode ‘Missing’ goes about it in the wrong way. We’re interested in what happened to Rosie, and we need the story to keep moving forward without getting too bogged down in the personal lives of the show’s characters. I need a healthy balance, but this episode is so off-balance that it’s actually hard to watch the whole thing.
We don’t see any other main characters during this episode. It’s all Holder and Linden. Linden’s son Jack goes missing. He hasn’t shown up for school in days. So Linden puts her investigation on hold to try to find her wayward son. This comes directly after the two minutes she spends at the casino before she’s booted out because it’s Indian property.
For the next hour, we follow Linden and Holder around as they search for Jack. We can see the bond between the two of them growing, which is nice, but I found myself saying: “Okay, enough now. I get it. Let’s move on with the investigation.” Unfortunately, the show continues like that. It’s frustrating because I can feel the show not moving forward. We’re stagnant, motionless.
The character interaction between Holder and Linden is a crucial part of the show, but spending an entire episode on it, this close to the end of the season? That just doesn’t make sense to me. You’ve got to give us something to go on with the murder case, or give us a few other developing storylines. This episode seems lost and a little like a filler episode in a shortened season that doesn’t need it.
It’s a good thing we get a much-needed cliffhanger to keep us intrigued about Rosie’s whereabouts the night of her murder. It comes in the last seconds as the episode winds down. There she was, in the ATM camera. Now what?
Other Random Thoughts:
- Rosie looked dolled up. Almost too dolled up, if you know what I mean.
- Am I a callous human being for not really caring about Holder’s personal life and his estrangement from his kids? I find it the least interesting part of the show for some reason.
- Jack has done nothing but be a thorn in the side of the investigation. First he emails all those pictures of Rosie to his friends, and then he pulls this crap and makes us waste an entire episode on him. Sorry, but part of me was hoping that was Jack under that sheet under the overpass.
- Man, that episode kind of put me in a negative mood about the show. Hopefully next week’s episode redeems it.