For a show that moves about as fast as my grandmother after a dose of her nerve pills The Killing is doing an impressive job of keeping me interested. The full title of this week’s episode is “I’ll Let You Know When I Get There” which sounds like they are in no hurry to reveal more secrets. It is day ten in the hunt for Rosie Larsen’s killer and after a few red herrings and dead ends it looks like Linden and Holder might be getting somewhere. But at what cost?
The prime suspect at the close of day nine Bennet Ahmed (Brandon Jay McLaren) survived the hellacious beating dealt out by Rosie’s grieving father Stan (Brent Sexton) and his not-quite-right-in-the-head sidekick Belko (Brendan Sexton) but he’s laid up in ICU without much to say about the current state of things. At least Stan fessed up when he found out that Bennet wasn’t the killer and turned himself in. The scenes of him being processed into the jail were some of the best of the episode with no dialogue but so much being said.
Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman) manage to track down camera footage from Rosie’s final cab ride that shows someone was in the house when she got home. This shifts the investigation to Belko who has a somewhat colorful mother and a photo collage devoted to the Larsen family on his bedroom ceiling. Creepy! His mom, a boozing tart named Bev who just walked right out of an episode of Magnum PI doesn’t tell the cops much but it isn’t long before the rule Belko out as well.
So where does that leave us? The obvious suspects are few and far between now. There is Mitch’s sister Terri who I can’t quite figure out. Mitch herself, who seems like a longshot but you never know in these things. And then we have the Richmond campaign, who all seem to be so far removed from all of it that when the narrative shift to them it feels like watching another show entirely. And it’s not a very interesting show unfortunately. The fact that Rosie was found in one of his campaign cars is the fragile thread that holds that subplot together. Another tidbit was revealed at the close of the hour when Rosie turned up in some B-roll footage at a Richmond rally but it didn’t appear to mean much. The big clue of the hour was revealed when Linden put on her spandex and went for a jog and stumbled upon the true identity of Adela, a name they found in Rosie’s copy of the Koran, which turned out to be the name of a ferry that led to an offshore casino. Oh and the casino’s logo is the same as the one on Rosie’s keychain.
I’ve laid off the Twin Peaks comparisons lately because I didn’t want to beat a dead horse, but the casino angle smells an awful lot like One-Eyed Jacks to me. It looks like Rosie, like Laura Palmer, had a secret life that no one, or very few knew about. I suspect her friend Sterling had a clue or two about it…and maybe even Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell). I hate to think we’ve followed this man’s campaign all season solely because someone thought it would be interesting. Surely there is more to his involvement that just the car.
And poor Linden seems on the verge of a breakdown. She took complete responsibility for what happened to Bennet, which was partially her fault but Holder let her off the hook. Then her kid started acting out and her long-suffering fiancé Rick (Callum Keith Rennie) shows up with an ultimatum, which she doesn’t take. He did make an interesting comment about not wanting to see her staring at a blank wall in a hospital again. When do we find out about Linden’s past? And I am really enjoying Holder lately. His scruffy unclean and just a tad nasty sexiness is growing on me and I really like how he and Linden feel like more of a team now that they’ve gotten past all their trust issues.
Three episodes left in season one and still no word if there will be a season two. If not, I hope they manage to wrap this up because I’ll be pissed if they leave us hanging. Tune in next Sunday at 10pm on AMC to find out what Rosie was up to at the casino. If she was working as a prostitute then I’m throwing my television out the window.
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