‘The Killing’ 1.03 Recap: “They Did This Together”

The third day of the investigation into who killed Rosie Larsen begins. It’s hard not to get ‘SVU’ vibes from ‘The Killing’. At times, I have to remind myself that this is only going to be one case for the entire season. And it’s a case that, right now, doesn’t seem to have anything all that special surrounding it – like storylines or conspiracies that would take an entire season to unravel.

There is the storyline following Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell) and his bid to be the next mayor, but as of right now we’re not sure if that’s going to hook directly into the plot or if his troubles are only coincidental. (Rosie’s body was found in the trunk of one of his campaign cars.)

After investigating “the cage,” which was found at the very end of the second part of the premiere, Linden and Holder realize that there’s a peep hole in the wall and that the school’s janitor may have seen the assault happen.

Perhaps the most intriguing and thought-provoking storyline is how Rosie’s family deals with her being gone. Her mother is distraught, while her father tries his hardest to move the family on from this disaster. Their two boys are taking the news of their sister’s death better than anyone else. It’s not that they don’t feel bad about what’s happened, but they seem more mature than people give them credit for.

Linden and Holder soon find out, from a confiscated cell phone, that someone recorded at least the attack and rape portion of Rosie’s struggle. They now know two of the people involved. Already. Which has me thinking that there’s something bigger to this case that we haven’t found out yet. Something conspiracy-like that ties into Richmond’s campaign that hasn’t yet come full circle.

I’m still a fan of ‘The Killing’. I love its slow, brooding nature, and its honestly real characters. I like its gloomy atmosphere, and its somber soundtrack. There’s something about the show that doesn’t so much grab you as slowly drags you into its world.

A few random thoughts about this week’s episode:

  1. I was really hoping the show wouldn’t do the whole “bad cop” routine with Holder, but it kind of did when he manhandled Kris. That gave me flashbacks to ‘Law and Order’ that I don’t really think fit with this show.
  2. Jasper and Kris can’t be the only ones involved, since we’re finding out about their roles so soon.
  3. Seattle was the best place to set this solemn show. The constant rain seems to murder the hopes and dreams of the people involved. As if it wasn’t bad already, all of these distraught characters have to walk around in pouring rain all the time.
  4. As of right now, my pick for the killer is Jaime, who is the campaign manager. I don’t know why yet, other than that slimy politicians always attract my attention first.

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