Judging on its lackluster reviews, I'm one of the only TV aficionados who hasn't given up on The Killing, a bleak detective show set in gloomy Seattle. And what a bumpy ride it's been. Due to low ratings the show was cancelled and brought back to life on AMC and even had to find a new home at Netflix for its 4th and final season. Critics have mainly harped on the show's unimaginative resolutions to the elaborately set up crime cases. And they are right. Every season's beginning seemed intriguingly dark and twisted but the finales often felt predictable and even slightly cheesy (I'm looking at you 4th season).
So why keep watching a show that doesn't seem to get its act together? My answer: it's captivating main characters and their irresistible chemistry! Actress Mireille Enos enlivens her mentally unstable character Detective Sarah Linden with a goosebumps-inducing intensity. Her full commitment to the role pays off; you can't take your eyes off of her. Her melancholic temper is off-set by her partner Detective Holder played by Joel Kinnaman. The ex-junkie turned street-smart officer serves as a comic and empathetic counter weight. But the real draw is the actors' chemistry. When Enos and Kinnaman are on screen together the show suddenly transforms from a boilerplate crime story to a binge-watching experience. And right after Netflix's drop-release I fell into trap and watched the whole show. Every single episode. In one night. If that doesn't speak for good TV, nothing does.