This week's episode of The Killing, "Super 8," gave us very little in terms of evidence and revelations, but brought some clarity to our characters and their daily struggles.
While the heartbreaking scenes of a family in crisis move me, they are becoming just a little bit weary, especially when we see how this tragedy is affecting the children.
The episode did a great job illuminating Linden's nature and giving us some possible revelations about Holder, but the pacing was a little too slow this week. Usually by the episode's end, the storyline has reached some great climax or cliffhanger, but this week's fell flat. We're left looking at puzzling scenes from Rosie's film wondering, What does it all mean?
For Stan, those grainy shots of his daughter's brief life mean only deep misery and a desire for revenge. Initially hesitant to involve himself in the police investigation, he has a change of heart when he sees his daughter prepared for burial. Telling Belko to find out whatever he can about the new suspect, Stan seems determined and possibly dangerous.With Stan preoccupied with keeping the family fed and the bills paid (and somehow getting vengeance for his daughter), his kids are woefully unsupervised most of the time. The youngest one even proclaims, "They don't care about us." Mitch can barely make it through a shopping trip and terrifies her little boy when he's only trying to take a bath.
It's hard to watch these parents do such damage to their children, even though we can see that their pain is unbearable. I really wish Terry, Mitch's sister, would sit down and have a talk with her sister before she slips further away.
In other news, Richmond's campaign may have been saved from the prying eyes of Yitanes's spy, but it's difficult to overcome the negative press of Rosie's death. I did find it very admirable that Richmond refused to use the Larsens to better his campaign. The moment he shared with Mitch in the grocery showed that he might actually be a genuine guy.
However, his distrust of Gwen will probably ruin their relationship. Clearly, he never really trusted her or he would have asked her directly instead of using Jamie to uncover the truth. It was also very embarrassing for her to hear about his mistrust from Yitanes.
Perhaps the most compelling part of this episode was watching Linden watching Rosie's film. Unlike Holder, she didn't look for obvious pieces of evidence. She took stills from the film, which she continues to study intensely. Her fiance watches her work on the case and just knows she's obsessed, so he doesn't expect her in Sonoma anytime soon and neither do we.
But I wouldn't exactly call Linden obsessed. It's more like she's invested in the case. She studies the film like she studies the girl and the suspects. She builds a connection to Rosie and all the people around her. It's this relationship that compels her to keep working and analyzing. It's also what makes her so fascinating to watch.
Holder doesn't do any of these things, but he's still a fairly decent detective, one with a complicated past that we'll probably find out about later on this season. Although, we did learn that he's been celibate for months.
This was a promising episode, but it didn't keep my attention nearly as well as earlier ones. Hopefully, things will pick up again as they start to heavily question Bennet.
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