The Killing the Complete Series Two
Origin: Denmark with English Subtitles
The second installment
of The Killing brings back the character of Sarah Lund and her detective
skills to solve the murders of several people that seem to have
something in common with each other, namely the conflict in Afghanistan
and the war on terror, both at home and abroad. Sent away after the
events of the first series, Lund returns with her odd way of solving
crime back to the fore.
Whilst it should be
said that it would certainly help if you watched the first series, your
enjoyment of this one is not dependent on it. The story does refer to
past events from the first series but does attempt (sort of) to explain
some of the relevance of past relationships.
It is a long winded
tale, and the fact that it's a subtitled one means that you really
cannot look away from the screen or risk missing some vital information
or in fact mistaking one character for another!
There are a number of
stories winding their way through the main one, and coming together at
certain points. There is also a terrorism subplot involved that could
pertain to the murders themselves.
This is a sprawling
tale, one that reminds me of the prowess of series like The Wire, one of
my favourite all time cop series on television. The pacing is awesome
and builds in momentum, kind of like the snowball that becomes the
avalanche. It's mesmerising and utterly addictive whilst you try to
figure out just who is behind everything you are watching.
This is an intriguing
tale that shows you just how a great story can be told and a truly
educational experience for those who may not have experienced quality
television not in English. I highly recommend this to fans of gritty and
gripping crime dramas as this is a nail biter that will keep you on the
edge of the couch until the end.