The Killing Season 2 Episode 1 Reflections Review. The Killing: Season 1, Episode 1: Reflections starts ten or fifteen minutes after season one ended.
Instead on Reflections, this episode should have been called The Screwing. So many people got screwed over in this episode its unbelievable yet it was dramatic, compelling, and sad (for the characters that got f…f…screwed).
Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell) getting shot was expected because of all of the promos but the paralysis and colostomy bag were complete dark turns of events. The Killing continually surprises, the first major surprise being not revealing Rosie Larcen (Katie Findlay)’s killer at the end of season one. This annoyed some people but I thought it was creative because it did not give the viewer what they were expecting whereas Dexter and True Blood follow the same formula at the end of each season and have done so for the last two-three seasons.
Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman), at the end of season one, I thought had played his partner Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos). It turns out he has been played, badly. Not only that, he is also someone else’s puppet (in effect) or at least is told that’s what he is.
Holder is backed into the biggest corner of his life, career, and I can not see a way out for him. By exposing the people involved in the fake photo he will expose himself. If he tries to expose them, they will expose him. He is trapped, which culminated with Holder pleading with Linden through the door of her hotel room. His detective first grade badge may cost him the rest of his career.
The Linden and Lt. Michael Oakes (Garry Chalk) scene was all about fear and betrayal. Oakes knew Linden was right about the picture but he did not want her to be. That would mean Richmond’s arrest shouldn’t have happened which meant he would never have been shot. When the excrement hits the fan, it would all come down on him because he okayed the arrest. His betrayal of Linden was easy to understand. He had a petition to protect.
The best acting in the episode was the scene in the interrogation room between Belko Royce (Brendan Sexton III) and Stan Larsen (Brent Sexton). Belko was so full of righteousness, thinking he avenged Rosie and did Stan proud. Stan realized his own part in Belko’s actions, though completely unintentional (Belko follows Stan’s lead hence why he mentions the two of them beating up the teacher). The emotions that danced across their faces (why you looking at me like that?) was wonderful. Greating acting by both actors.
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