Amongst other things, such as running a moderately-successful paper merchants, honing my abs, and romancing most of your mums, for the last couple of weeks i've been watching The Killing (Danish version, not the US remake). I've not watched many foreign-language series' before, but like a few foreign films and that, but was pretty sure i'd bore of it quite quickly and give up on it before the end. Initially, though, i thought it was proper brilliant.
I know i'm about six years behind with it, or even two years behind the UK airing, but parts of it really are superb. Don't think i'd ever really appreciated how good acting can break through the language barrier and that. With series', i always find a good measure of how good they are is how strongly i feel about the characters. With this, i felt very strongly one way or the other about virtually everyone; Sarah Lund, Troels, Morten, Theis (especially Theis) in a positive sense, and people like Rie, Bremer & Brix the other way. It's a really, really strong cast.
Sadly, what they've done, is kinda spoiled what would've been a pretty flawless series by spreading it over twenty epiosodes when it should have been ten or even eight. Can't help but second-guess every red herring now, and every turn for Troels on the political side of the story. A couple of the early episodes are brilliant. As good as anything i've seen. That guy who plays Theis, man, he's top notch, completely commands the screen in every scene he's in just by being a big, quiet, brooding bear of a man. The scenes in episodes 2 & 3 between him and his wife, and the pair of them with their younger kids, are about as tender as any scenes i've ever seen (though obviously i'm an absolute unit of a bloke). Sadly, you end up wanting to punch his wife repeatedly by about episode 12.
Anyway, instead of reading all that waffling, you could just tell me what you thought of it and that (i already know who the killer is, so don't worry about spoilers)...