Oh, and stop having faux-chemistry. (Photo courtesy A&E)
THOSE WHO KILL
A&E | Monday | 10:00 p.m.
We’ve discussed this before, but it must be said again — sometimes the name of this blog is just a little too generous for its content. Not all TV is created equal, and some of the results are downright terrible! I don’t want to throw Those Who Kill too far under the bus, but after two episodes my only conclusion is that it is exceptionally mediocre television.
By now I think we’ve all moved past these boring, cop procedurals. Unless we’ve been watching you forever — CSI, Criminal Minds, lookin’ ‘atchu — you’re gonna have to REALLY grab us before we’ll commit fully to you. That’s how I feel. I hope that’s how you feel. Because otherwise you’re getting bogged down in some real messes. Including THIS.
I love me some Chloe Sevigny. But if ever an amazing actress were being wasted in delivery, Those Who Kill is a prime suspect (<— cop show joke!). This woman is brilliant, and she has a bizarre way of showing it on many occasion, sure, but it don’t matta… she’s got the goods. (Big Love, AHEM. All that must be said.) Here, though, all she’s given is cliche and BLAHboringness and absolutely nothing about her shines. Her performance is boring, her character is both a terrible cop and a mostly-terrible human (I mean, that married guy?), and since she’s the heart ‘n’ soul of this thing, it really becomes a major undoing.
Beyond massively wasted talent (James D’Arcy can be great, but his character is so bat-shizz out of wack on his theories and logic jumps that, oooof), the show just feels so standard and formulaic. The hardened, secretive female. The craaazy, brilliant psychoanalyst (who is largely responsible for everything that ends up getting accomplished, but only by being out of nowhere like “THIS! HERE! GO! NOW! JUST A HUNCH, DAWG!). The chief/boss who believes in the secretive female. The hard-working cop(s) frustrated by the secretive female’s talents. All the while we’re supposed to be shocked and appalled by graphic imagery that’s just gross and fake and SO BRIGHTLY LIT (seriously, somebody tell A&E that this is cable and it’s supposed to be a little less CSI-y!). Etc., etc., etc. Eyurghhh.
Wake me up when season two of True Detective starts up, amirite?
Final thought: Verdict — Those Who Kill, you got one more week ‘til I remove you from the DVR!