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(Original Title: Forbrydelsen)
The first season of The Killing (Forbrydelsen)moves forward with no remorse for its viewers. It hurls us forward, forcing us to move alongside it, leaving us thirsting for the slightest resolve, a little satisfaction – but offers nothing at the end of each episode, save the desire to rid ourselves of the entire case. This is perhaps the strength and the downfall of this Danish thriller – the level of tension remains so high throughout the three weeks of investigation that the scares, the endless predicaments, the false alarms become tiring; the show almost becomes unhealthy for those it attaches itself to.
Its appeal lies in its mysteriously addictive nature, but leaves its viewers shattered. The concluding sequences do not inspire awe and disbelief, mainly because the series does not allow it to. Unlike the murder mysteries and detective stories we have become so accustomed to, the eventual closing of the case does not work as a cure for our curiosity. Much akin to the captivating DCI Sarah Lund, it functions, for us, as a much-needed rest – and an opportunity to contemplate the sometimes devastating faults in the human system. By the final closing credits, there isn’t even a fraction of the hit we’ve been chasing since the opening sequences – more of a deflated, sigh-inducing relief.
The makers played it well. Watching Forbrydelsen reveals a very simple method. Every episode provides a monumental discovery – the start of a fresh lead; a vital piece of missing information. Of course, none of these seemingly important clues mean anything in the long run – other than by negation (in an increasingly muddled, messy situation). The police department make blunder after blunder, despite being made up of very capable detectives. Each revelation instils a powerful longing to move on to the next episode. The murder of a girl becomes much more than an investigation. It becomes an incessant hunt, during which almost everyone is suspected. Teachers, politicians, delivery-men – by the end of it all, even the parents of the victim despise the force and long for the termination of the case.
The viewer does not simply observe the process of investigation. Forbrydelsen takes us into the homes and hearts of the family that survived Nanna Birk Larsen, and into the politics behind Copenhagen – all corners of the tragedy are examined, while many different worlds are exposed. The case is so unbearably extensive that it visibly drains all those even slightly touched by it. It clutches onto the viewer, whom witnesses the entirety of it as an outsider, demanding an unheard of level of concentration until the very end. With Lund, as she is freed from the infectious mystery, and as her crime-solving, woolly jumper-wearing days come to an end, it is very easy to sympathise with her exhaustion. We too have been left exhausted. Even the sad eyes and disappointed smiles come too late to leave the viewer mournful.
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