July 3, 2014 at 6:38 am #321235
I didn’t like the way season 3 ended, but i’ve always said the acting on this show is superb, and it’s only 6 episodes so I think i’ll stick with the series til its conclusion. The trailer looks semi-promising.July 3, 2014 at 2:49 pm #321236
I posted this on Facebook the moment it hit the ‘net. I loathed the first two seasons of this series for, among other things, the way it stretched credulity and spread one year’s worth of story across two 13-episode seasons. Worse yet, it was horribly written and boring as hell.
Season 3 was like a breath of fresh air. The Killing suddenly became the show that lived up to the promise of its pilot. It was harrowing stuff. Solid, solid work across the board from an acting and directorial standpoint. Because of that, and because the events of the third season seem to directly impact the events of the fourth, I think the final stretch of The Killing might be one of my most anticipated TV efforts right under True Detective Season 2 and Better Call Saul.August 4, 2014 at 9:15 pm #321237
So, what you guys thought of the final season? I enjoyed it a lot at. It wasn’t as good as season 3 but I loved Joan Allen in this.
I understand the negative response by the critics, it is probably because of the whole psycho soldier theme the season was based on and it wasn’t as tense as the previous on revealing the murders. Jonathan Demme directed the finale.
Hell I am gonna miss Linden and Holder, can’t believe how underrated this actors always were, specially Kinnaman.August 5, 2014 at 12:12 am #321238
I actually really loved this last season and I wasn’t expecting to. I surprisingly enjoyed this season more than last… I thought the murder case was more interesting. Although I did miss Peter Sarsgaard. The whole cast was amazing this season especially Mireille, who IMO was her best season. Joan Allen was a terrific addition to this season much like Sarsgaard was last season. I’m really hoping the award shows give it some love again because they all really deserve it this season. I think critics have been done with the show ever since the finale of the first season, so I’m not surprised by the mixed reviews. The first episode was slow but by the second, the plot definitely developed and it became really entertaining. I’m sad the show is over but I thought the finale ended quite nicely.August 5, 2014 at 9:31 am #321239
I liked it. The shorter episode order made the pace much quicker, and there were less red-herrings and false leads. None of the episodes topped ‘Six Minutes’ though.
The standouts were Enos, Kinnaman (his best season), Tyler Ross and Joan Allen (who was terrific). I also appreciated seeing Amy Seimetz again. Obviously Joan Allen is the only one with a chance at the Emmys. Unlike Sarsgaard last year, Joan Allen was billed as a special guest star, so her name recognition could help her get into the drama guest category. She was good in the finale, but I would go with episode 4 (more of an arc/range/screentime). Realistically, though, it’ll probably be totally forgotten by next year like season 3 was (Sarsgaard’s snub still stings).
Overall, I’m glad it got the chance to wrap up.August 5, 2014 at 11:40 am #321240
What you guys thought of Demme’s direction in the finale? I didn’t like it very much, I enjoyed the last shots with Linden at the lake and highlight < also the boy playing piano after shooting them but for an oscar winner, I was quite disappointed.>August 5, 2014 at 11:45 am #321241
What you guys thought of Demme’s direction in the finale? I didn’t like it very much, I enjoyed the last shots with Linden at the lake and also the boy playing piano after shooting them but for an oscar winner, I was quite disappointed.
Could you be a gentleman and put a spoiler tag on it? You ruined the whole season for me but please do not ruin it for others. Thank you very much.August 5, 2014 at 2:45 pm #321242
I am so sorry, I didn’t even realized I spoilered it, now it is invisible.August 9, 2014 at 8:44 pm #321243
I just finished watching season four. I don’t know the spoiler etiquette for talking about a show that’s released all at once, so suffice it to say …..
SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS
AND ALSO BIG FAT SPOILERS!
And I’ll put the rest of this post in white just in case.
And, you know, spoilers!
I’ve been a staunch defender of this show, even for its divisive first two seasons. Then season three fully realized the show’s potential, even though it was too late for some people. I don’t think there were that many who were willing to give it another chance, and they still don’t know what they were missing. I was dying for season four, and it was solid for the most part, and I appreciated how the entire four seasons feel like a complete and finished story, though I have to say I think it was the show’s most inconsistent batch of episodes, both in terms of tone and storytelling.
It may be a Goldilocks situation. 26 episodes for one mystery was too many. 6 is too few. Last summer’s 13 was just right. In this case, you have a situation of writers biting off more than I think they could chew. There was a new mystery involving a family slaughter and a military school. And then the show also had to deal with Linden’s shooting of Lt. Skinner the Pied Piper killer from the season three finale. I had mixed feelings about how season three ended, despite how greatly I admired the whole, and here it gums up the works, forcing its way into and around the story of the military school and they both come out awkward.
I suspect the shorted episode order is to blame for how compressed and abrupt many of the story developments feel. Some of the supporting characters are written and acted without much dimension, like military school brat Lincoln Knopf, who always plays up his own rottenness as if the audience forgot since last time we saw him sneer. We learn bits and pieces of who and what was involved in the murder until a shockingly bad scene in episode five when the major players meet in a room to discuss their cover up. That scene is trying so hard to camouflage its hasty exposition with melodrama and overacting.
Actually, episode five as a whole threatens to drive the entire season completely of the rails. It’s full of clunky dialogue, tonal backflips, and forced sentimentality. Linden barks at everyone in the episode, screaming at Joan Allen in a scene senselessly threatening to bring her down, threatening to come after a dance instructor witness if he’s lying, and then she turns around for a couple of weepy scenes where she makes nice with her estranged mom and actually says a line to her son like “I want you to grab every bit of life” like she’s a self-help book. Poor Mireille Enos really struggles to make sense of those inexplicable mood swings, and she’s good during those subtler emotional moments, but the director needed to pull her back; you don’t need to communicate every emotional beat with an irrational outburst.
Seriously, I’m just going to pretend there was a gas leak on set when they made episode five, because it was almost the point of no return creatively speaking.
The themes are also too on-the-nose, another consequence I think of the shortened season. The case ends up hinging on a woman who doesn’t know how to be a mother and a boy with abandonment issues, which of course leads to heart-to-heart scenes about how much Linden can relate to both of them. It feels like their characters were written just to facilitate her emotional growth, but the clock is ticking so you’d better reveal through more exposition how you pain mirrors Linden’s quick.
I have a problem with the ending. At what point did it become plausible for Linden and Holder to be a thing? At no point during the show’s run did their chemistry ever feel romantic. Not once did that feel like a place those characters would or shoud go. I suppose there’s room to interpret that ending as something other than romance, since they don’t actually kiss or jump into bed together, but the intimations are clear; Holder comes thisclose to whispering sweet nothings. Where did that come from? Is it compulsory for all male-female TV relationships to end with romance? Not quite as bad as the Ted-Robin debacle on “How I Met Your Mother,” but it’s the same principle: hijacking the characters into the wrong happy ending.
I seem to be coming down hard on season four and, well, I am. I might be more positive were it not for episode five. All the surrounding episodes are imperfect but solid, while that episode was a cartoon like later-day “SVU.” What the show did right was to wrap things up in a way that felt like a payoff not only to this mystery, but the entire series. Linden’s obsession with the Rosie Larsen murder was driven by the Peter Sarsgaard case we learned about in season three, and the consequences of both became important in season four.
There were some great scenes and moments. The killer finally confessing to Linden at the scene of the crime was well handled, though I wish we’d had more time to really develop that scene and those revelations, to feel the full impact of it before being pulled back into the Skinner storyline. Kyle Stansbury was a great new character, though the writers went a little astray with him towards the end, when his role was mostly to cry, be traumatized, and run around.
Gregg Henry’s Reddick character was nicely developed, though I felt like it was a bit of a missed opportunity. I know exactly how I would have written his investigation and how his character choices might have revealed added depth and spared us a pretty big deus ex machina twist in the finale.
And of course there are Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos, who are great even when the story threatens to throw them off-course. Despite a few bumps in the road, Enos’s Linden is one of my favorite TV characters of recent years.
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