The Killing Review: “Seventeen” (Season 3, Episode 3)

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On the other hand, Bullet’s close friendship with Kallie makes her a valuable asset for Holden and Linden. The boyish runaway is not particularly lovable, but at least she’s attempting to find her friend however she can, which is more than I can say about Lyric. Even though she’s provided Holder with a few clues, she also seems to stand in his way. There’s no way to know whether she’ll be helpful or not, but she’s trying.

The one character I found myself rooting for last night was Ray Seward. We know he’s innocent, yet he insists upon the fact that he must pay for a crime he did not commit. Does he have any connection to the murder whatsoever? Why is he so eager to take the blame? Needless to say, Peter Sarsgaard plays the character wonderfully. He acts like someone who absolutely wants to die. He wants to die as soon as possible, therefore he attempts to murder anyone who comes near him, possibly trying to get himself killed before long. He barely shows any emotion, but his pain is visible, especially when a prison guard maliciously teases him about his soon-to-be orphan son. He ends up severely cutting his shoulder with a razor he hid in his mouth, either attempting to get closer to said guard, or to end his suffering once and for all.

Seventeen is a terribly weak episode, and if it weren’t for Peter Sarsgaard’s terrific performance, it would have been one of the worst in the entire series. I expected more from Linden, as she finally got her job back as a homicide detective. Nevertheless, I was disappointed. Like I said, she spent most of the time looking for clues regarding a previous case that had already been closed. I sympathize with Ray Seward, but I find it baffling that she insists on investigating Trisha Seward’s murder right after she found a dozen corpses in a swamp. Her stubbornness helped her solve the Rosie Larsen case, but it’s counterproductive in this particular situation. There may or may not be a connection between both cases, but that doesn’t mean she should neglect the ongoing investigation. She barely even questions Kallie’s mom.

I’ve still got faith in The Killing, though. This is the perfect time to prove once and for all its superiority over shows like CSI and Law & Order, and demonstrate why it was renewed for a third season.

What did you think of Seventeen? Does the third season of The Killing still show promise, or have you given up hope?

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