Loved the line the Detective Sarah Linden said to the old-timer and arrogant SOB, Detective Carl Reddick:
Why haven’t you made sergeant despite your 23 years of experience, [because] all you are is in the way.
That was the highlight of the show. Last week I did a write-up of the first three episodes of Season 3 of AMC’s The Killing. I felt quite positive about the show, despite the difficulties in dealing with a show about runaway kids, and a predator who makes some of them dead. So I had high hopes and was looking forward to the 4th episode.
Simply – for almost all of the episode, nothing much happened in terms of action. But there were some advances made on the case. They busted the motel proprietress known as ‘Mama Dips’ played by Grace Zabriskie who long ago portrayed George Costanza’s almost mother-in-law on Seinfeld. I did get a kick out the way Mama Dips snarled and acted all tough when she was grilled by the cops.
Twitch (foreground above) suffered at the hands of his parole officer before going out of his way, seemingly intentionally, to get beaten up by some young punks at a skating playground called Freeway Park. Bullet did her part by trying to dissuade Twitch, but he ignored her.
Bullet suffered silently, maybe I should say waited patiently, at the 5-0 HQ. She would ID the ring on Kallie’s hand in the motel video. Bullet is an intriguing character. She’s tough, she’s brazen, and she’s often guilty of exposing a bit too much uncalled for, even foolish – bravado. Then I have a gripe about her latest look. She looks androgynous – so why ruin the look by burying her beneath a baseball cap?
I don’t get Stephen Holder. Is it the actor’s choice, or is he written as a cop born elsewhere. His drawl doesn’t seem Northwestern as much as it does Southern.
Linden and Holden’s boss Carl Skinner (Elias Koteas) seemingly ran into a problem from his bosses about the motel busts. He also has his past relationship with Linden to deal with.
I’m also perplexed by what’s going on with Seward on Death Row – I mean he had help – the razor blade in the bar of soap in the prior episode – but what was the point of it? And what was the point of him refusing his meds – which led to another prisoner being beaten up by the prison guards. Either he wants to live or he doesn’t. Either way, it seems as if compliance would be in his best interests. Unless Seward is simply nuts.
As usual – Linden (Mireille Enos) was great. But it seems quite likely that she will have to face some personal demons, some setbacks, as well as some intense emotional stress before solving the case. While her character Sarah Linden is brooding – it is still a joy watching her act.
I think this series – The Killing (Season Three) is a dark story that isn’t easy to watch. There’s almost nothing onscreen that seems to warm the heart – and speaking of that, let’s start a list of least loved characters on the show – I nominate Kallie Leeds’ Mom – Danette Leeds as most disliked.
Who do you feel should earn this sobriquet?