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The Killing - Series 1 (DVD)
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The Killing - Series 1 (DVD)
Advantages: Gripping, atmospheric, well developed characters
Disadvantages: Frustrating, seems to go round in circles at times
We first got into the American version of this series and enjoyed it, so when we found out that it had been based on a Danish original series we were on the look out for the box set. Annoyingly, as it wasn't long until the Christmas buying season, we couldn't find it on offer anywhere but decided to splurge and got the box set for £38 from Amazon...quite a lot considering they're now selling it for just under £16, grrrrrr!
The series comes complete with all the usual pamhlets inside with episode and cast details and is in the standard box set box, much like a book expect instead of pages they're plastic holders for dvds! These tell the story of the death of a young woman called Nanna Birk Larssen, and the subsequent police investigation and affects on her family, whilst combining it with the run up to the Copenhagen mayoral elections. The plot is very intricately woven, with excellent character development and lots of tense moments.
We started watching it about 3 months ago but, due to my inability to stay awake once settled under a blanket on the sofa, had been making slow progress and were struggling to "get into" it properly.
This weekend though, thanks to bad weather and a bad back, we decided to have a "Killing fest" and devoured what was left of them in 2 days. By 8pm last night we had 3 episodes left and decided that there was no way we could go to bed until we'd finished them all so duly made a huge coffee each to keep us awake (I know, it's sad, but 11pm is late for me now!!).
I don't know what had made us suddenly addicted to it, but we had definitely grown more of an interest in the characters, there was much more action going on and the whudunnit element just got bigger and bigger and more and more confusing! Every time you were conviced you knew the culprit, your theory was blown apart by another development. Whilst this is proof of very good writing, it also got very frustrating in the end because there were just literally so many of these moments and some of them repeated themselves too, so at times you felt you were going round in circles.
Whilst we both enjoyed this series immensely (and are now planning on watching the second series) and it was very gripping, we both felt that it left quite a few threads untied and questions unanswered...this might not be so bad if the second series dealt with them, but from what we saw at the end of series one and what we know about series two, they're completely unrelated, story-wise. So we ended up talking for a good hour after it had finished about all the doubts we had and questions that we didn't think had been answered. It's difficult to go into detail without giving the plot away!
If, like us, you'd seen the American series, don't let this put you off the original Danish one. This one was by far superior, both in terms of the characters, their relationships and their developments and the storyline. And, whilst there were some similarities between the two, there seemed to be much more depth and atmosphere to the Danish version.
All in all this was a thoroughly enjoyable and gripping, if frustrating, series, that had us both hooked and left us eagerly awaiting the second series, but at £38 it was definitely overpriced and I would not pay that much for the second series.
Summary: A great thriller, but don't pay full price for it!
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