THE KILLING “A Soundless Echo” Review

THE KILLING “A Soundless Echo” Season 1 Episode 4 – It’s day four of the investigation into Rosie Larson’s murder and the twists and turns continue. The video found in day three sets Kris and Jasper up as the prime murder suspects, but (as I suspected last week) all was not as it seemed.

We find out that Sterling and Rosie were no longer close, and that Sterling was jealous of the way guys noticed Rosie. Feeling invisible, she donned Rosie’s costume and wig after Rosie left the party and headed down to the cage with Jasper and Kris. The sex was consensual, the blood was – Sterling claims – from a nosebleed, and the cage is no longer the focus of the murder enquiry.

But where did Rosie go? Sterling admits that Rosie often went on bus rides to possibly meet up with someone. Holder takes the bus and it leads him well out of town. On a hunch, he follows a fellow passenger and ends up in a community centre plastered with Richmond campaign posters, with a basketball team coached by school teacher Bennet. While Holder’s discovering this, Linden is on the other side of town finding letters written to Rosie from Bennet. Meanwhile, Bennet is talking to Mitch Larson and giving her a copy of her daughter’s favourite book.

This makes Bennet our latest suspect, but I’m not yet convinced. Aside from the fact we have 9 episodes left to go, there are a couple things to note. At the start of the episode, we see a video of Rosie telling the camera how she wants to ‘see everything, see the world’ and how she’s ready to start living. Bennet says Rosie ‘wanted the world’ and that she was the type of eager pupil that made him want to teach.

Now I’m not saying that writing letters to a student isn’t completely unacceptable, but what we could see of the letter was actually pretty innocent. It’s a passage from ‘West with the Night’ by Beryl Markham preceded by this note:

Dear Rosie,
You’re an old soul trapped in a young body. Go beyond the limits of what you know even if you’re afraid. Try everything, feel everything, if only once.
This passage made me think of you today.

Could it be that Bennet was just a little overzealous in his support of a good student? Let’s also not forget that he’s a teacher – he probably doesn’t have the money for the sort of fancy fineries, such as those shoes, that Rosie was found to have. But who did?

Money is an issue for Richmond, this week. He needs an ad campaign to bolster his popularity in the wake of the stolen car/Rosie Larson debacle. He reluctantly goes to meet an arrogant businessman (thanks to Gwen, who’s father, we find out, is a senator) who gives him money for the ad campaign just to spite the other candidate.

Richmond suspects the other candidate, Lesley Adams, of being behind the leak from last week. Ex-Richmond campaign manager Wright meets with Adams and gets a job on his campaign. This is all a bluff, though, as Richmond and Wright are secretly working together to get proof that Adams was behind the leak. “How’d you know it wasn’t me?” Wright asks. “Because if you wanted to screw me, you’d have found a smarter way to do it,” Richmond replies.

A new plotline saw Stan Larson’s past coming to light. It seems the grieving father once worked for some dodgy people – and that violence was involved. Stan’s co-worker/friend, Belko, tells him that he’s ready to go after Richmond if needed, but Stan says he’s not that person anymore. It still doesn’t stop him from going to his old boss for monetary help, though. Could something/someone from his past be involved in Rosie’s death?

Although the reveal of Bennet as the latest prime suspect was telegraphed somewhat by the bus driver saying that there aren’t ‘a lot of white girls at the end of this journey’ (a hazard of having only one non-white suspect left on the suspect tracker, after the janitor), it was still an interesting twist. The Killing is doing a great job of guiding us smoothly toward and away from each suspect, but are there enough people left for the next 9 episodes? I hope the show can keep the tension amped up until the very end.

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