Monday, April 11, 2011

Who Killed Rosie Larsen?

My sister enjoys watching detective stories such as CSI and Bones. And I would occasionally join her as she follows these shows religiously. In retrospect, I can't help but notice one common thread liking them together: the plots of these detective/ crime genres generally fall short in portraying the violence or the subtext around the violence. Instead, the audience’s attention is diverted towards the detective themselves and their attempts to solve the crime. (A classic example is Horatio Caine in CSI:Miami – his one liners, and epic avatar moments).

A new series, The killing, is recently launched by AMC. It is a new TV series by executive producer Venna Sud who brought us Cold Case. The Killing tells the story of the murder of a high school girl in Seattle and the subsequent consequences to her demise. The series revolves around 3 general storyline around the killing: the investigation of the girl’s death, the victim’s family, and the political implications of the case.

According to the official site, “ As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they’ve moved on, their past isn’t done with them.” Cliché. But I guess the idea of secrets and deaths never gets old. Let’s hope the Killing lives up to its blurb.


  1. With the barrage of violent television/cop/detective shows that exist, I don't know how they still remain so popular. Some of them are complete garbage, although CSI SVU is freaking amazing. The Killing seems like a better twist on a typical detective drama.

  2. Violent cop t.v. shows will always have a place in the mainstream media, because it is a topic that, despite constant repetition, will never get old. We all want to know what it feels like to have to put your life on the line in the field of work, and watching cop shows helps the viewer understand what it feels like, if only a little bit.


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