Periscope Depth

death as surprise, death as interruption

New post up on OTI, in which I rave aboutAMC’s The Killing:

The Killing is a police procedural for people who know police procedurals backward and forward. In the pilot, it plays to all the tropes we expect. Nubile victims being chased through the woods by flashlight-wielding killers. Tired cops who’ve seen it all before. Working class suspects. The Killing lays out every scene that we know should be coming. And then it screws with them. Not just once, but three times. Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, but three times (to quote Ian Fleming) is enemy action.

Why is Sud rattling our expectations like this?

Some spoilers for the pilot, but really, just watch the damned thing already.