transcripts of my comments on James Donaghy’s Guardian Blog on The Killing Remake Channel 4 Thursdays @9pm:Episode 9

  • 28 August 2011 2:43PM

    @JSully:

    newspeak plusplusgood ungood

    nice one!:) notice the nearness of those words to God?…

    @Boeddy: &@ProfessorJamesMoriarty:

    i agree with you guys about Montalbano:it did become clearer to me why it seemed so dated and stereotyped when i saw BBC4’s Italian Noir when the author spoke and he was very elderly. I think those caricatures were meant to be funny and he admitted that he purposely didn’t resolve his murders as that was what real life was like! (especially when the Mafia were embedded in your society still) Great. How deep and meaningful but not much fun for the viewer..

    @Boeddy:& @All:

    I think your point about lack of empathy explains my feeling of disconnection generally from the characters. Agree with you about Stan/ Mitch vs. Pernille & Theiss.

    Myself who never ever watches or reads things again have watched Forbrydelsen along with the remake. That in itself is testament to how good it is. The first time i remember being bemused at the quietness of the parent’s reactions generally although understanding they were in shock. As you often are after a death, never mind a murder, i can have no idea..

    However the second time around i was actually moved, and believe me i don’t do Hallmark moments, by the deep grief evoked by Pernille & Theiss and the proof of the strength of their relationship and care for each other, particularly Theiss towards Pernille. You see even this is sounding syrupy.

    Yet it feels real to watch. That is your point. Another thing happened second time around in that i realised the strength of Pernille in refusing to run away to the seaside when she has just found out how horribly her daughter suffered in death. She decides, figuratively, to stay and fight. To find out who did it. To be there.

    It is almost a double stand (triple with Theiss) as it seemed to me she was pulling her strength up from her staunch close relationship with her daughter. She was doing it for, and metaphorically, with Nanna. Her strength seems symbolic of her love for Nanna.(a bit Hallmark granted but proof that this was communicated to me through the acting)

    For me to gain all this as meanings must mean there is some damn fine acting going on. Add to this Pernille’s body language of grief, her ever flapping Mac and sunken shoulders, falling over in shock on the stairs, yet still carrying on. I don’t see any of that reflected in Mitch’s demeanour.

    I remember it being described here how Stan & Mitch had gone through the psychological stages of grief like one to three. Given the propensity to psychobabble generally in American Dramas i wonder if they ticked off these boxes for grief? Yes, she is angry, but would she have become so angry so quick?

    I guess the time frame has been longer in the remake yet it is hard to judge the time scale as it is so muddied somehow..like everything else. This must mean there are no constants within the Drama giving frames of reference-i’m no critic:there may be a word for this feeling.

    I don’t even really feel empathy for Ahmed beyond sympathy for his persecution (although in fairness they do think he’s a suspect) whilst wary that they annoyingly seem to be teaching us a moral lesson about Muslim stereotypes. Yet even that doesn’t really work and i can’t help feeling that he’s been a bit of a twat. Since the programme itself is chock full of said stereotypes..

    Whilst admiring his bravery in going into the school, surely it was a bit of a daft stand, since he had been told not to go in? What would he have done if the supply teacher had been in his class? Also, how does the whole world, including the students know he has been accused? did i miss that bit on the news or was it school gossip arising from where or who exactly?

    As @Kissington said the plot is full of so many holes i have given up on the procedural part of it apart from personally researching in vain the uses of Ammonium Hydroxide and querying it’s presence it Rosie’s lungs there is nothing to go on as you say since they give us simply zero in way of procedural or clues in any consistent way.

    The fact that it doesn’t end this season is literally pulling out the dramatic rug from under us and stamping on any possible tension within the drama which it was lamentably short of already. As @Devongirl4 and yourself have pointed out. Still, this means it will be easy to pick up the show again a year later and i will keep watching out of pure curiosity and some objective amusement..

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