Forbrydelsen Vs. The Killing: Week Four


We’re baaaack!  With AMC’s recent announcement that they’ve rescued The Killing from the land of the cancelled and have decided to push ahead with shooting a brand new third season, we thought it only fair that we should rescue these old posts from our archives as well.

Over the next few weeks we’ll try to get them all back into circulation.  They start off slow, but three or four weeks into it, you’ll see that we get uber obsessed and start jotting down all of the details from both versions, detective style.  

Whether  you’re a newbie watching from the very start, or if you’re a dedicated fan that just needs a refresh, we’re sure that you find these posts valuable.  Enjoy!

Episodes seven and eight of Forbrydelsen and episode five of The Killing have been viewed!  Forbrydelsen is jumping out ahead of its American counterpart, so in an effort to remain spoiler free I’m going to dial back the commentary on that side for at least this week.

When we last left The Killing it looked like Rosie’s teacher Bennett was in some hot water.  By the end of episode five things aren’t looking much better for him.

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bits-n-piecesWhile I did watch episodes seven and eight of Forbrydelsen this week, I’m reluctant to jump in and talk about them because it seems like AMC’s The Killing needs a week or two to catch up and I don’t want to spoil anything for those watching only the American show by revealing details from the original that have yet to appear.

What follows is a very brief and mostly spoiler-free recap of the episodes. I don’t think reading it will ruin anyone’s enjoyment of the show, but skip the next paragraph if you’d rather be completely surprised.

What I will say about Forbrydelsen is this: Rama (Bennett) is still the main suspect, though it’s starting to appear that things are not quite what they seem when it comes to him. Detective Lund’s (Linden’s) boyfriend is involved in a serious accident, but pulls through. Hartmann’s (Richmond’s) campaign suffers a major setback (I know, I know, same as every week) and the Larsen family are feeling as though they may need to take matters into their own hands.

I’ll come back to discussing these episodes in the coming weeks as The Killing catches up. For the rest of this post I’ll focus squarely on the events that took place during the latest episode of the American show.

It looks like I was wrong about Bennett. He did in fact write those letters and in a strange twist and break from the way the show has progressed thus far, at the end of the latest episode he’s still the main suspect in the murder investigation.

All of the differences between Forbrydelsen’s Rama and The Killing’s Bennett have yet to be fully revealed, but so far we know that they are both married and both of their wives are pregnant. What’s interesting is that in the original show Rama’s wife is also a teacher at the same school while in the remake Bennett’s wife is a young woman who happens to be a former student of his. It’s through questioning her that detectives Linden and Holder learn that he also wrote letters to her when she was a member of his class, and thus a pattern is established. While casually searching his house after asking to use the bathroom, Linden finds some questionable chemicals which later show up on Rosie’s toxicology report. They think they’ve got the right guy, but with eight episodes to go you can’t blame the rest of us for still being a tad skeptical.

When confronted by the detectives at school Bennett give them a super 8 film that he claims Rosie shot. Super 8? Seriously? Maybe it’s just me, but it seems much more likely that she’d simply use a flip video recorder, or a cell phone, or a digital camcorder. Where does one even get a Super 8 these days and doesn’t the film need to developed somehow? I’m not saying it’s not possible, but it doesn’t seem plausible in this day and age given the plethora of other options available for one to use in making a movie.

The short film contains lots of strange imagery, including one scene of butterflies which Holder takes as an opportunity to drop all kinds of wisdom on everyone in the room about the mating rituals of Monarch butterflies. Yeah, I’m totally buying that he would have such information tucked away in that sophisticated brain of his, aren’t you? For her part, Linden looks less than impressed.

Over at the Larsen household, the cupboards are bare. They’re all out of chocolate chip pancakes, milk, fish sticks, and just about everything else. In an effort to include the boys in the show more, the episode opens with Denny wanting to enjoy a yummy bowl of Rosie’s favorite cereal, Bits ‘N Pieces, only to make the discovery about the lack of milk in the home. He sneaks into his parents’ room, opens his mom’s wallet and steals a few bucks, then heads out the door, across the train tracks, and to the convenience store in his pajamas to rectify the situation.

Where’s Evan while this is all going on? Turns out he wet the bed and he’s busy trashing his pajamas so Stan and Mitch won’t find out.

The two boys later meet in the kitchen, when returned from his outing, Denny sits down to finally enjoy the cereal the way nature intended. Evan yells at him not to eat Rosie’s cereal to which Denny replies that it doesn’t matter because their parents don’t care about them or what they do.

Realizing the family is out of food Mitch takes a trip to the grocery store where she’s intercepted by political candidate Darren Richmond. He went there on purpose to ask her to star with him in a new ad campaign, but after watching her fall to bits n’ pieces as she pulls a box of Bits N’ Pieces down from a shelf in the cereal aisle he thinks better of the plan and quickly hightails it out of their after floundering through a speech about how his deceased wife loved blackberries (the food we assume, not the devices).

At Richmond headquarters Gwen interviews a hot new director / ex-lover to direct Richmond’s new ad, but then decides to go in a different direction so as to avoid a potential conflict of interest. Thanks to the work of recently fired, but not really fired Jamie, it’s revealed that congresswoman Ruth Yitanes is the leak in Richmond’s campaign and her inside man is forcefully removed from the building by police escort. Has the leak truly been plugged? It certainly doesn’t seem so easy to get to the bottom of it on the Forbrydelsen side. Richmond confronts Yitanes, she admits to the wrongdoing and then he blackmails her with the threat of jail time if she doesn’t continue to happily back his campaign.

The episode ends with Hartmann being photographed shaking Bennett’s hand at an All-Stars event. You just know that’s going to be trouble in his race to be the next mayor of Seattle.

Back at the Larsen house, after Stan receives a phone call with some bad news about the roof of his new home, Belko tells him that he knows a guy at the school who says the police are still investigating there and that he may be able to pump him for information. Stan tells him to leave it alone. After this exchange, Belko discovers Evan’s soiled pajamas in the trash and decides to clean his sheets for him. In an awkward exchange he tells the boy that he wet the bed until he was seventeen.

Mom and pop Larsen go to the funeral home to drop off the dress Rosie is to be buried in and on the way back Stan stops at a gas station and breaks into tears in the bathroom. He later tells Belko to see what he can find out. Upon returning home Mitch walks in on bath time and totally loses it, yelling at one of the boys to get out of the water. I’m pretty sure she’s not anti-clean, it’s just that she’s reminded of Rosie, but I could be wrong.

On the creepy, slimy, scumbag Holder side of things, Linden sees him accept an envelope of cash from an unknown man in car. Later, after revealing to Linden that he’s been celibate for six months, we watch Holder stuff the envelope into a mailbox that we can only assume belongs to his wife, ex-wife, girlfriend, baby-momma and her child, or children.

That my friends, in a nutshell, was episode five. What do you think about how the show is progressing? Any thoughts as to the identity of the killer yet? Do you think Bennett really did it?

About Aaron Westerman

Aaron Westerman is the Manager of Web Architecture for a national human services organization. When he's not busy tearing sites apart and rebuilding them, he spends his ever shrinking free time trying to keep up with his twins, reading works of translated literature, and watching far too many Oscar nominated movies.