"The Killing" ended its frosh season last night, and we have -- surprise! -- thoughts. I think a general overview may be helpful here, and the best way to accomplish that is a list, comprising the good, the bad, etc. So, let's begin...
1.) The final scene was ridiculous. It's one thing to have one case of mistaken revenge in the average season of any show -- Stan Larsen's beat-down of the poor teacher -- but two! Come on!
2.) "The Killing" clearly is not self-contained within each season, as many others and I were led to believe, but a procedural with no definable conclusion. Consider that it has another 13 episodes to wrap the Rosie Larsen murder, which means Rosie -- her murder and subsequent investigation was the basis of the first season -- will have to comprise the entire sophomore season, too. We had 13 days to get this far, which may mean 13 more days to get to the end. Is that too much? Perhaps, especially now that Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) knows that her partner Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) jobbed the pictures of Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell) at the bridge. Nevertheless, I wouldn't be surprised if a couple million fans thought they were bait and switched - dragged through a season of dead-ends only to reach one more. They are probably furious. Me? Less so, but maybe the word "annoyed" is the right one.
3.) Why didn't the wife of teacher Bennet Ahmed (Brandon Jay McLaren) recognize Stan (Brent Sexton) at the hospital? That entire scene added nothing -- but padding.
4.) Joel Kinnaman -- Holder -- as the heavy? Who saw that coming? Probably everyone but me. But, in fact, I think that kind of worked. Clearly viewers knew they were being manipulated with the Darren Richmond set up, but it just wasn't entirely clear how or why. The how-or-why was slightly answered last night; certainly not the why. His role as a mole involved in a larger scheme is the second season -- or at least the initial stages, because, as mentioned,- Sarah now knows the score.
5.) Speaking of which . . . why would the lead detective of a major homicide investigation decide to finally get on the plane to join her fiancé just as the target of her investigation is about to be indicted? It's odd little missteps like this that don't necessarily inspire confidence in the second season.
6.) Overall . . . a good season, but far from great one. Let's say a "B." The show got a lot right, but some wrong, and now we're left to wonder, what exactly is the "killing?" A multiple season story line? And then what happens in the third season? Evidently another murder investigation, unless this one goes on and on. Is this the Mireille Enos show -- an open-ended procedural that will chart the course of Sarah Linden's story? Last night simply added to the confusion, but seemed to suggest that this series has a time stamp on it -- in other words, that the sophomore season could be the last. In the British model of limited-run British series, maybe it should be.