Monday, 19 November 2012

The Killing III: Has everyone stopped going on about the jumper yet?

The Killing, back on BBC Four in a pulse-quickening double bill on a Saturday night, is now in its third and final series, and soon Sophie Grabol's smile-free detective Sarah Lund will be no more.

Of course, it's too hard to bear. We know that. But we hope, even now, that she doesn't die at the end.

We hope she gets the 'normal' life she seemed to be seeking at the start of this series. We'd quite happily have a spin off show, perhaps called The Sarah Lund Adventures, where we see Sarah enjoying a healthy relationship with her son and new grandchild, pottering around a garden growing things, and all while holding down a boring but comfortable desk job away from Copenhagen's most elaborate murderers, but especially those with a political point to prove and a ten episode-long fondness for attention.

Sarah's mum and her amusing husband would live next door and they'd be the comic foil but Sarah would love them both really.

Us viewers would moan like hell about such a spin-off being boring, but none of us would begrudge Sarah a happy ending, such is her impact on our lives - but we're still a bit worried about this whole jumper thing.

It's got out of hand.

Can we all just GET OVER the jumper?

The Killing II: 'the white pattern on black number'
Admittedly, they are always quite nice jumpers (our favourite is the second series' white patten on black number, but we also quite like the red one, too - what's yours?).

And perhaps every detective needs 'a thing', and Sarah Lund's 'thing' is her jumper. But why does she even need 'a thing'? Isn't her grim determination to solve her cases at the expense of her personal relationships, stability, and even the life of two of her former work partners - not to mention an over-reliance on nicotine patches - enough?

Is there some debate here about because Sarah Lund is a woman we have to comment on her clothes and her appearance, rather than the job she does?

The Killing II again: We also like the red one
Well, maybe. Perhaps, perhaps not. The fact that our favourite one-time emotion-free detective has a wardrobe heavy with jeans, coats and chunky knits of varying style is, in the end, partly what makes her great.

And yes we recognise the irony of a post about an element of the programme we're suggesting gets too much attention. But as we say, they're nice jumpers. And the programme's so tense it needs a bit of knitwear to lighten the mood.

And speaking of tense, one of the many plot elements we have a bad feeling about right now include her new colleague, the young eager-beaver lad called Asbjørn Juncker - we're concerned he might end up dead quite soon.

But the tiny character point concerning his name - he wants to be known as Juncker, but Sarah calls him Asbjørn - shows, if nothing else, that Sarah does indeed have a sense of humour, somewhere, and albeit unintentionally. As well as that nice line in jumpers.

Maybe there's hope for that happy ending after all.

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  • 1 comment:

    1. I liked the dark blue jumper seen in episodes 3/4 - basically it was the same but different.