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Post by Astrid Hagen » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:55 pm

Kizzy wrote: It gave me a very queer feeling to watch (...) because a week or two after each episode reality would imitate art and produce some incident which was very like what the series had described. And the script had been written about a year earlier, so that was really weird.
Maybe the series was just a rehearsal :lol:
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Post by Kizzy » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:29 am

Now, that's an idea!

Our present PM is actually a woman - maybe she's had a spy in the TV production company :lol:

Though I think she could have done without some of the problems she's had ;-)

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Post by Kizzy » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:36 am

The third and last season of The Killing is starting on Sunday.

The first two episodes were shown in a cinema last weekend for the international press - with English subtitles.
I don't think that's ever happened for a Danish TV series before ;-)

It sounds interesting this time, so I've programmed my harddisk recorder to catch it.

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Post by blue » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:12 pm

I can't wait for the 3rd season!! But I think it will take a few time, till i can watch it. The End of Season 2 was quite a shocker :thud:
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Post by Terry » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:07 pm

Alas, there will be no Season 3 for the American version. The creators really dropped the ball on it.
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Post by blue » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:53 am

Terry, I know, but I actually meant the Danish version :-D I know, the thread started with the US version first :smile: I liked the US version too, because I am a fan of Joel Kinnaman since I first noticed him in Johan Falk a few years ago :flirt:
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Post by Terry » Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:12 pm

blue wrote:but I actually meant the Danish version

I know, blue. I was moaning about the American version being inferior to the Danish version and thus it was rightly cancelled.
I became a fan of Joel Kinnaman. too.
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Post by Kizzy » Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:31 pm

Wel, I've only ever seen the Danish version of "Forbrydelsen" / "The Killing". I don't think Danish television is likely to buy the American version.

But then I've also only watched the Swedish version of the Millenium trilogy, and I'm not really interested in the American version though I'm sure it's quite good. And that has been shown in Danish cinemas.

It's like the Swedish crime series about the detective Wallander in Ystad - I can't reconcile myself to having the Swedish names mangled by English pronounciation not even with Kenneth Branagh as Wallander (I prefer two of the three Swedish actors who've played Wallander to Branagh any day). I always end up giggling at the funny way the Brits pronounce the Swedish place names and proper names. And it ruins the mood of the stories completely for me.

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Post by blue » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:05 am

Terry wrote:
blue wrote:but I actually meant the Danish version

I know, blue. I was moaning about the American version being inferior to the Danish version and thus it was rightly cancelled.
I became a fan of Joel Kinnaman. too.
ok Terry so it wasn't a misunderstanding :-D Yes I also think its a shame that there is no 3rd season for the US version.

If you like Joel Kinnaman, then you have to see Johan Falk, he is so amazing in this. In Austria/Germany there is currently the second season. I am already a nervous wreck... such a thriller :shots:

Kizzy I usually don't like it either, when they copy an original, but the Killing is just a bit different. Stephen Holder (Alex Meyer) is just so great, very different than the original character. The worst copy in my opinion is Being Human. I love the BBC series but the US version is a joke :thud:
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Post by Kizzy » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:26 pm

Just finished watching the last episode of The Killing III (Danish original) last night. No further seasons are planned.

I know they've started showing it in the UK, so for the sake of our UK members I won't reveal anything about the ending, except that the scriptwriter thinks it's a happy ending, while the rest of the country seem to think it's not .... It's certainly not a happy ending in the conventional sense.

There's a nice little video on the DR (Denmark's Radio - corresponds to BBC) website of the readthrough of the final episode which took place quite late in the day, after most of the episodes had been shot. The actor playing the murderer was interviewed before and after, he thought he was NOT the murderer at the beginning, and we see his looks change as they read through the episode, and at the end he's actually a bit unhappy about being the murderer because he hasn't had the enjoyment of knowing and infusing his character with anything sinister along the way. It was quite funny to watch the reactions of some of the others too :smile:
I wonder how Sean would react to having to play a villain that way - not knowing that he's the villain until quite late in the day ;-)

I must admit this season of The Killing is really interesting, at least seen from a Danish viewpoint, because it looks in some detail at the ethics and the 'accepted' selfishness and moral corruption of normal, sensible, honest people .... All the people we respect in the normal way of things unless we get the chance to see the 'clean' look unravel by millimeters until we can glimpse the holes in the the fabric.

Though it's not nearly so violent it reminds me in many ways of Cleanskin ... the manipulation of people that goes on, etc. ;-)

Anyway, should you get the chance to watch The Killing III I can certainly recommend it if you like stuff like Red Riding you will like this one too.

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Post by Astrid Hagen » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:54 pm

Kizzy wrote: I wonder how Sean would react to having to play a villain that way - not knowing that he's the villain until quite late in the day ;-)
Wearing a label of "the two-legged spoiler" already, I suspect he wouldn't be all that surprised. Do you remember when he enjoyed teasing someone who took for granted he was to be the villain in "Flightplan"? :lol: Besides as we know, he's usually infusing his most angelic characters with a grain of the sinister and his worst villains with a pinch of humanity, so they are ambiguous to some extent anyway.
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Post by Kizzy » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:26 am

You're probably right - maybe one should change it around and have Sean expect to be the villain and only realize very late that actually he's the hero.:lol:

I've been thinking he'd have been a real catch as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, for that is what he is - a flawed human being that everyone thinks of as the villain, until he's revealed as a true hero .... And then the character wouldn't have been quite so two-dimensional. In the films he's a bit of a cartoon character really ... The books does give us a more emotional representation - Sean would have been perfect. Ah well, that's water under the bridge.

Anyway, the Danish actor playing the murderer in The Killing is someone who's only very rarely played the villain in Danish film / TV / theatre, and because of some other happenings in the series he felt quite justified NOT to expect to be the villain. In fact the ending is in several ways VERY unexpected, and definitely unusual - 'nough said!

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Post by Kizzy » Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:08 pm

A new season of The Killing (the American version) is under way - for those who liked it that should be good news.
Just read it in the Danish media ....

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Post by blue » Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:46 pm

Yeah I know, because I am a Kinnaman-Follower :-)

Kizzy your are Danish, so you must know the Swedish Series "Johan Falk"?! I love this series and because of that I became a huge Joel Kinnaman Fan.

For anyone who doesn't know who he is. He is the new Robocop :-)
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Post by Kizzy » Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:46 pm

Yes, I do know the Johan Falk series, but I'm not so interested in it.
We get a lot of Swedish crime series, and this is fairly routine - seen from my point of view anyway - and doesn't do anything for me.

At the moment I'm following the last series of Borgen (the Danish political drama which has also been shown in the UK) and it's as riveting as the previous two seasons but VERY different.
The script writer, James Price, bears watching ...

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