Because I’m a sucker, and I had to find out if Holder really is evil, I watched the season 2 premiere of The Killing. Verdict? The show played it safe. Holder was involved in setting up Richmond, but he did it because he thought he was doing the right thing, and because he put his faith in the wrong people. The audience can still sympathize with him, especially when he was basically pleading with Linden to give him another chance. Meh. I would have been more impressed with the show if it had made Holder irredeemably bad. The only saving grace is Joel Kinnaman killing it as Holder. He deserves to be in a better show than this.
The episode confirmed what was hinted in the season 1 finale – Richmond didn’t kill Rosie Larsen. He had an alibi; he was trying to kill himself, but someone rescued him. But now he’s paralyzed after being shot by Belko the creepy family friend to the Larsens. Here’s my problem with the whole Richmond storyline – I don’t give a crap about Richmond’s run for mayor, how evil his political rival is, how much he’s grieving for his dead wife, his affair with a campaign staff, etc etc. The only redeeming thing about the whole political subplot in Season 1 is that I was convinced that Richmond, or one of his campaign staff, would be revealed as Rosie’s killer. Otherwise, what’s the point of devoting 1/3 of each episode to a boring, tedious political subplot we’ve seen a thousand times before on TV and in movies? The main issue is, the political subplot (and Richmond as the main character in this subplot) is not interesting enough to stand on its own, so it seems pointless if it’s not actually related to the main plot of the show – the investigation of Rosie Larsen’s murder. I keep comparing it to Peter Florrick’s run for State’s Attorney in The Good Wife and Tommy Carcetti’s run for Mayor in The Wire. The political storylines there are strong enough, and interesting enough on their own, that even when they sometimes don’t really relate or connect with the other main characters and main storylines in the respective shows, they’re still worth watching as a stand-alone entity. I’m really curious how the original Danish series Forbrydelsen handled the political subplot.
I’m afraid it’s basically “bye-bye show” for me at this point. Not looking forward to another 13 episodes of red-herrings and wrong suspects, followed by possibly another cliffhanger. Sorry Joel Kinnaman, not even for you. I promise to go see Robocop, though!