Enough with "The Killing" already.
I was ready to give up on the AMC show a few weeks ago, given the plot's improbable twist about a murder of a teen girl being linked to Islamic terrorists -- yet another red herring in a season full of them -- but decided to stick with it until the end of the season.
It's been pretty unbearable, given the plodding pace and heavy-handed visuals, with everything being shot very darkly and always in the rain.
I don't mind a mystery that takes the time to put in small details to flesh out characters, but with "The Killing," all it's done is make none of the characters sympathetic. Certainly not the Larsen family, mourning the death of their daughter Rosie.
Certainly not the police. How much of last week's episode in which the two detectives spend the entire hour looking for Det. Linden's super-brat of a son, with predictable story points all along the way. What was the title of that episode, "Filler?"
Had "The Killing" been limited to six or eight episodes, the writers could have told a tight and compelling mystery. At 13 episodes, however, it has dragged and dragged and dragged.
Now, finally with the big reveal (in theory) of the killer at the end of last night's episode (no spoilers here), the writers will no doubt spend next week's season finale explaining why this person improbably is the killer, a somewhat mundane choice given the number of characters we've been exposed to this season.
I'm not the only one who has been fed up with "The Killing." A friend of mine, who spent the first month of the show saying it was the best thing on TV, no longer even watches it. Reading some of the talkback on various Web sites, and it seems as if many people feel the way I do.
It will be interesting to see how many people stick with "The Killing" once this season concludes.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: I enjoyed the first episode of "Teen Wolf" (MTV, 10 p.m.) more than I thought I would. I haven't seen the second episode yet, but there's a new one tonight. There's nothing terribly original in this era of "Twilight," "Vampire Diaries," etc., but it's entertaining.
ABC has new episodes of "The Bachelorette" and "Extreme Home Makeover." On cable, "Nurse Jackie" and "United States of Tara" wind down their seasons from 10-11 p.m. on Showtime.