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#1 of 91 xfile94

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Posted April 04 2011 - 01:37 AM

What does everybody think of the show? At first, I thought Twin Peaks ripoff, but then I saw they were just normal people. How long till we find out who killed Rosie?



#2 of 91 Ken_McAlinden

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Posted April 04 2011 - 02:00 AM

I liked everything except for the "supposed to be my last day and moving to California" plot thread for the lead detective.  Hopefully they can make that pay off in an interesting and/or unexpected way at some point.  Cast and producers are being a bit coy in interviews, but the general idea seems to be that the killer will be revealed by the end of the season and it will not be the same killer as in the Danish series from which the US version was adapted.


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#3 of 91 Walter C

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Posted April 04 2011 - 04:40 AM

So far, I find the show a bit haunting and interesting, as we not only see from the detectives' point of view, but also the family. I can't remember if I ever saw in any show, where the parents have to find some way to tell their kids that their sibling has been killed.


I do wonder if how the councilman (which is basically Jordan Collier without the beard) fits more into this case than just the fact that Rosie's body was found in one of their cars.


That scene with the partner and the teen girls was a bit creepy, and I thought he was some dirty cop.


I wonder how it did in the ratings.




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#4 of 91 Josh Dial

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Posted April 04 2011 - 06:14 PM

I really enjoyed the first two episodes.  The characters feel genuine--due in no small part to the superb acting all around--and the overall atmosphere is just right.  It pretty much works on all technical levels (directing, lighting, editing, et cetera), and, so far, every story thread is interesting.


I'm in for the season, and will be spreading it around via word-of-mouth this week, for sure.



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Posted April 04 2011 - 11:09 PM

I've yet to see this but over the past few days I've been watching the original Danish production.  Absolutely brilliant.  I strongly urge you all to track down copies. Posted Image



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Posted April 08 2011 - 01:59 AM

AMC really knows how to do their shows.  I saw what I think was the first two episodes combined last night.


Great acting and I liked the overall look of the show.


Watching the parents go through that was heartbreaking especially being a parent myself.


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Posted April 09 2011 - 04:15 AM

I was wondering whether other people here have seen the original Danish TV series Forbrydelsen (aka The Killing). It finished two weeks ago in the UK (on BBC Four). Excellent series, although I was kind of disappointed by the last episode. That aside, it's been one of the best new series shown on UK TV in the past few months.



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Posted May 25 2011 - 06:14 AM

We're up to episode 9 (aired this past weekend) on this one.


Anyone (besides me) still watching it?


It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride thus far, with the three major plot threads:

* Mayoral election

* The effect of the murder on the family

* The actual murder investigation


With the red herrings that have come out in the last 2-3 episodes, I'm really starting to get confused as to who actually might've done the deed now.


After what happened in episode nine (especially the not-yet-revealed revelation near the end by the mother), I'm starting to wonder if the teacher is not the one whodunnit, but rather someone else.


The big question is... who else, and what secrets are still to be uncovered?  (If only to the viewer, who is to say which ones will actually come out in the show...)



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Posted May 25 2011 - 06:41 AM

I'm stilling watching, and loving every minute of it.


My girlfriend and I played a guessing game, whereby we each guessed, after viewing the first episode, who the killer was.  This was based on virtually no evidence, but rather was basically a bare guess.


I guessed Belko Royce, Stanley's employee (or does he co-own the business?) and friend from "the past."



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Posted May 25 2011 - 07:10 AM

I guessed Bennet (the teacher) in the first or second episode. Once they started investigating him early on in the show, I knew I was wrong since I assume that there's no way that they'd ID the killer right away.

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Posted May 28 2011 - 11:13 PM

I'm still watching, as I just caught up on all the episodes.

I was not sure at first, but then I suspected it was Mohammand that we kept hearing about, but did not see until he was caught. After what he told the cops, that definitely explains why Bennett was so secretive.


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#12 of 91 Joe_H

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Posted May 29 2011 - 04:23 AM

I'm still watching as well, but the first few episodes I watched immediately.  It's gotten to the point now where the show is the lowest priority thing that I watch.


I mean it's still okay, but it's not anything special.  I just don't think they've used the slowed-down format very effectively- people don't feel very developed, the cops keep dropping threads that they shouldn't be (like uh, remember the two highschool kids who said something like "oh, is that all you have on us?"), and most importantly, with all these red herrings they waste episodes on, now whoever actually killed Rosie is most likely going to feel completely random.



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Posted May 29 2011 - 05:54 AM

If they do it right, you'll be able to see all the little clues that were laid out pointing to the killer.  Otherwise, it will be like an episode of Bones, where some random person who was at the crime scene turned out to be the killer after going through all the usual suspects.


I haven't seen the original series, but I understand that they changed the identity of the killer.  Which makes me a bit worried that the identity of the killer will be random.


I like this show, but I find the scenes with Rosie's family to be dreadfully slow.  How many times have we seen Michelle Forbes crying now?  Very little of what they do intersects with the plot anyway.  The last episode was the first one that did (but in a big way).


 






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Posted May 29 2011 - 06:38 AM



Originally Posted by Hanson Yoo 


I like this show, but I find the scenes with Rosie's family to be dreadfully slow.  How many times have we seen Michelle Forbes crying now?  Very little of what they do intersects with the plot anyway.  The last episode was the first one that did (but in a big way).


 



I suspect this is a no-win situation, regarding viewer commentary.  If they had reduced the "crying scenes," we would instead have a bunch of viewers saying it is unrealistic for a mother not to be crying in virtually every scene (and other such comments).


Personally, I think they have found a good balance between the investigation and the family impact, between the frustration of the detectives and the frustration of the family,, between the politics and the murder.  It's a slow burn, for sure, but so long as there are bread crumbs the entire way--which is to say the killer isn't shoehorned in at the end--I've enjoyed the more gritty and personal nature of the show.



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Posted May 29 2011 - 06:58 AM

It's not so much that Forbes cries when she's on screen, bit that they need to spend so much time with her. For me, the momentum of the show squeals to a halt whenever they cut back to the family.

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Posted May 29 2011 - 10:27 AM

Considering it is only 9 days later though on the show, I do wonder if this would be a better show to watch all at once on DVD/Blu-ray.  I mean, it's been 9 weeks of her mourning for us, but really not nearly as long on the show.



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Posted May 30 2011 - 11:13 AM

The victims aunt looked like she was friendly with Jasper's father. Has it been revealed yet as to why that is true?


She wasn't the older woman that was in Jasper's bed, was she?



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Posted May 31 2011 - 01:47 PM

So far, I find the show a bit haunting and interesting, as we not only see from the detectives' point of view, but also the family. I can't remember if I ever saw in any show, where the parents have to find some way to tell their kids that their sibling has been killed.


I do wonder if how the councilman (which is basically Jordan Collier without the beard) fits more into this case than just the fact that Rosie's body was found in one of their cars.


That scene with the partner and the teen girls was a bit creepy, and I thought he was some dirty cop.


I wonder how it did in the ratings.



I don't know who Jordan Collier is. I just caught up on the three most recent eps. Only three left so might as well keep going. Anyway I know it's Seattle but it sure rains a lot. I don't think the killer will be random in fact I like the Aunt at this point. A big clue was in this last episode when they looked at the cab footage and saw something there that might help out in the case. Only problem with the aunt is how she connects to the car that is registered to the councilman. I expect the next episode will reveal a huge clue.

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Posted June 01 2011 - 05:45 AM



Originally Posted by TonyD 

I don't know who Jordan Collier is.
 



A character from The 4400, played by Billy Campbell.


I can only assume the next episode will reveal more, as Linden stumbled upon the clue while jogging, and heading to that casino.


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Posted June 01 2011 - 07:01 AM

I enjoy the slow burn of the show and look forward to it every week.  I agree with the post that this show would work much better watching all at once over a few days than waiting a week for each episode, particularly since each episode only covers a day.  I think this show establishes AMC as the king of the serialized drama series (and I'm even of the opinion that 'Mad Men' is a bit overrated).


I thought it was a little strange that Belko took that long to confess he saw Rosie at the house after prom.  But I guess it was pretty established that he's a whack job based on that beating scene with Ahmed.


Like Travis, I suspected Ahmed pretty much the first time they showed him, but knew it couldn't be him once he became a major suspect that early.


I think whoever looked at the actor who plays Holder and thought he would make a great cop deserves a promotion.  He's not the prototypical TV detective, but he's great.






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