New!:Transcript of my comments on James Donaghy’s Guardian Blog on the remake of The Killing Channel 4 Thursdays @9pm Episode 6

  • 5 August 2011 12:09AM

    hello @James Donaghy!
    i really enjoyed your write up.
    &@All:
    i too was amused at Holder’s suit-i thought it looked kinda cool and retro though but probably not the ticket for a POliceman. (could we suggest he looks at the outfits worn by the impeccably suited and booted Bunk of the Wire-or more recently the impossibly chic modern Sherlock Homes updated look of Luther perhaps?) We realise he took the talking to on this subject by the un-named Boss to heart last week

    Funny how he took the suit out of the boot of his car, Holder is unwittingly quite funny, well to me anyway. If any of the characters have truly taken on the spirit of their original shadows, he has, although he has made it his own. Meyer too had natural comedy..sorry, is this banned?

    nb.I missed who exactly Jasper is?

    re:Casting, i agree completely about the waste of the actor of Rick, Linden’s hubby to be. Having seen him in the series ‘Shattered’ where he played a very believably evil (well half of him!) psychotic split-personality cop he could have made mincemeat of a larger part.

    I too find the Richmond character supremely unengaging whilst secretly naming him pudding face..When will he ever speak up? i am trying though, he being jolly nice and all.

    However when the political lot first appeared my first feeling was that they had all the weight and interest of an Armani Ad. Cue my amusement when the charismatic Ytanes (Gitanes!) mocks them advising “lose the Armani”! for their meeting with the Longshoremen..

    Agree about the horrific comments made by Amber’s sister. It seems it is not just Holder (who i wondered whether he was doing it as a wind up last week) that cannot pronounce Ahmed’s name correctly:none of them can!

    May i point out that the actor who plays Bennet is West Indian and not Somalian? This perhaps does not matter unless relevant to the drama however i don’t think a Somalian guy would have “Dreads” as mentioned by the weird guy. Wouldn’t Bennet also be Muslim or is this too delicate to mention? it might explain the animosity of the wife’s family etc. and the sister’s comments..

    BTW:who was the mysterious guy that Holder met in the car? He seemed like a Therapist/Priest (since Holder was telling him of his troubles an mysterious guy advised of the ‘right path’ etc) until he mentioned an old case. My first thought was:this is the mole! Since he asked how was the case?..

    We find out why the Principal, as questioned here last week, was oddly advising Linden &Holder to stay away from the campaign..She is hoping for a job as the school governor and blabs to Richmond about Bennet, hoping for payback not realising Richmond doesn’t really roll that way..

    nb. could the Principal be ‘the school Groundsman’ that Belko boasts is is his source at the school? would a Groundsman really be privy to this information? unless he was snooping at files however why would the Principal write this stuff down?

    amusing moments:
    the two black lady neighbours not immediately believing that Linden is a Detective:
    “So i guess you’re a real Detective?”!

    the weird/possibly autistic guy to Linden:
    “I track gamma rads, radiowaves, U.V. transmissions”
    “..she was wrapped up in a blanket, a black man, (there was) another smallish tiny person, kind of like you”!
    Linden:
    “A woman?”!
    him:
    “Yes”.

    a more successful Hitchcockian moment than the magnified drop of water
    causing Mitch’s freak out last week:
    the strange and giant like caterpillar being squashed by one of the sons at the graveside

    nb. why do people in dramas always leave their mobiles behind at important even life threatening moments?

    nb. i am still a bit confused as to what Stan’s job is? If he is a removal company man then why did he and Belko go to the Muslim shop in the beginning and get taken to the freezer full of meat? Stan mentioning “a delivery”?

    Do find the emotional music annoying. Was it really moving enough of a moment to play it watching Stan take it out on some giant rectangular aluminium boxes unlike anything i have ever seen?

    This doesn’t apply to when they play the original theme music in snatches. However i found the utter silence engendered by the lack of such mawkish music in the original to be an aural blessing and relief..

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  • 5 August 2011 12:09AM

    hello @James Donaghy!
    i really enjoyed your write up.
    &@All:
    i too was amused at Holder’s suit-i thought it looked kinda cool and retro though but probably not the ticket for a POliceman. (could we suggest he looks at the outfits worn by the impeccably suited and booted Bunk of the Wire-or more recently the impossibly chic modern Sherlock Homes updated look of Luther perhaps?) We realise he took the talking to on this subject by the un-named Boss to heart last week

    Funny how he took the suit out of the boot of his car, Holder is unwittingly quite funny, well to me anyway. If any of the characters have truly taken on the spirit of their original shadows, he has, although he has made it his own. Meyer too had natural comedy..sorry, is this banned?

    nb.I missed who exactly Jasper is?

    re:Casting, i agree completely about the waste of the actor of Rick, Linden’s hubby to be. Having seen him in the series ‘Shattered’ where he played a very believably evil (well half of him!) psychotic split-personality cop he could have made mincemeat of a larger part.

    I too find the Richmond character supremely unengaging whilst secretly naming him pudding face..When will he ever speak up? i am trying though, he being jolly nice and all.

    However when the political lot first appeared my first feeling was that they had all the weight and interest of an Armani Ad. Cue my amusement when the charismatic Ytanes (Gitanes!) mocks them advising “lose the Armani”! for their meeting with the Longshoremen..

    Agree about the horrific comments made by Amber’s sister. It seems it is not just Holder (who i wondered whether he was doing it as a wind up last week) that cannot pronounce Ahmed’s name correctly:none of them can!

    May i point out that the actor who plays Bennet is West Indian and not Somalian? This perhaps does not matter unless relevant to the drama however i don’t think a Somalian guy would have “Dreads” as mentioned by the weird guy. Wouldn’t Bennet also be Muslim or is this too delicate to mention? it might explain the animosity of the wife’s family etc. and the sister’s comments..

    BTW:who was the mysterious guy that Holder met in the car? He seemed like a Therapist/Priest (since Holder was telling him of his troubles an mysterious guy advised of the ‘right path’ etc) until he mentioned an old case. My first thought was:this is the mole! Since he asked how was the case?..

    We find out why the Principal, as questioned here last week, was oddly advising Linden &Holder to stay away from the campaign..She is hoping for a job as the school governor and blabs to Richmond about Bennet, hoping for payback not realising Richmond doesn’t really roll that way..

    nb. could the Principal be ‘the school Groundsman’ that Belko boasts is is his source at the school? would a Groundsman really be privy to this information? unless he was snooping at files however why would the Principal write this stuff down?

    amusing moments:
    the two black lady neighbours not immediately believing that Linden is a Detective:
    “So i guess you’re a real Detective?”!

    the weird/possibly autistic guy to Linden:
    “I track gamma rads, radiowaves, U.V. transmissions”
    “..she was wrapped up in a blanket, a black man, (there was) another smallish tiny person, kind of like you”!
    Linden:
    “A woman?”!
    him:
    “Yes”.

    a more successful Hitchcockian moment than the magnified drop of water
    causing Mitch’s freak out last week:
    the strange and giant like caterpillar being squashed by one of the sons at the graveside

    nb. why do people in dramas always leave their mobiles behind at important even life threatening moments?

    nb. i am still a bit confused as to what Stan’s job is? If he is a removal company man then why did he and Belko go to the Muslim shop in the beginning and get taken to the freezer full of meat? Stan mentioning “a delivery”?

    Do find the emotional music annoying. Was it really moving enough of a moment to play it watching Stan take it out on some giant rectangular aluminium boxes unlike anything i have ever seen?

    This doesn’t apply to when they play the original theme music in snatches. However i found the utter silence engendered by the lack of such mawkish music in the original to be an aural blessing and relief..

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  • 5 August 2011 12:09AM

    hello @James Donaghy!
    i really enjoyed your write up.
    &@All:
    i too was amused at Holder’s suit-i thought it looked kinda cool and retro though but probably not the ticket for a POliceman. (could we suggest he looks at the outfits worn by the impeccably suited and booted Bunk of the Wire-or more recently the impossibly chic modern Sherlock Homes updated look of Luther perhaps?) We realise he took the talking to on this subject by the un-named Boss to heart last week

    Funny how he took the suit out of the boot of his car, Holder is unwittingly quite funny, well to me anyway. If any of the characters have truly taken on the spirit of their original shadows, he has, although he has made it his own. Meyer too had natural comedy..sorry, is this banned?

    nb.I missed who exactly Jasper is?

    re:Casting, i agree completely about the waste of the actor of Rick, Linden’s hubby to be. Having seen him in the series ‘Shattered’ where he played a very believably evil (well half of him!) psychotic split-personality cop he could have made mincemeat of a larger part.

    I too find the Richmond character supremely unengaging whilst secretly naming him pudding face..When will he ever speak up? i am trying though, he being jolly nice and all.

    However when the political lot first appeared my first feeling was that they had all the weight and interest of an Armani Ad. Cue my amusement when the charismatic Ytanes (Gitanes!) mocks them advising “lose the Armani”! for their meeting with the Longshoremen..

    Agree about the horrific comments made by Amber’s sister. It seems it is not just Holder (who i wondered whether he was doing it as a wind up last week) that cannot pronounce Ahmed’s name correctly:none of them can!

    May i point out that the actor who plays Bennet is West Indian and not Somalian? This perhaps does not matter unless relevant to the drama however i don’t think a Somalian guy would have “Dreads” as mentioned by the weird guy. Wouldn’t Bennet also be Muslim or is this too delicate to mention? it might explain the animosity of the wife’s family etc. and the sister’s comments..

    BTW:who was the mysterious guy that Holder met in the car? He seemed like a Therapist/Priest (since Holder was telling him of his troubles an mysterious guy advised of the ‘right path’ etc) until he mentioned an old case. My first thought was:this is the mole! Since he asked how was the case?..

    We find out why the Principal, as questioned here last week, was oddly advising Linden &Holder to stay away from the campaign..She is hoping for a job as the school governor and blabs to Richmond about Bennet, hoping for payback not realising Richmond doesn’t really roll that way..

    nb. could the Principal be ‘the school Groundsman’ that Belko boasts is is his source at the school? would a Groundsman really be privy to this information? unless he was snooping at files however why would the Principal write this stuff down?

    amusing moments:
    the two black lady neighbours not immediately believing that Linden is a Detective:
    “So i guess you’re a real Detective?”!

    the weird/possibly autistic guy to Linden:
    “I track gamma rads, radiowaves, U.V. transmissions”
    “..she was wrapped up in a blanket, a black man, (there was) another smallish tiny person, kind of like you”!
    Linden:
    “A woman?”!
    him:
    “Yes”.

    a more successful Hitchcockian moment than the magnified drop of water
    causing Mitch’s freak out last week:
    the strange and giant like caterpillar being squashed by one of the sons at the graveside

    nb. why do people in dramas always leave their mobiles behind at important even life threatening moments?

    nb. i am still a bit confused as to what Stan’s job is? If he is a removal company man then why did he and Belko go to the Muslim shop in the beginning and get taken to the freezer full of meat? Stan mentioning “a delivery”?

    Do find the emotional music annoying. Was it really moving enough of a moment to play it watching Stan take it out on some giant rectangular aluminium boxes unlike anything i have ever seen?

    This doesn’t apply to when they play the original theme music in snatches. However i found the utter silence engendered by the lack of such mawkish music in the original to be an aural blessing and relief..

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