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#2742 - 05/08/11 09:45 PM Re: Television 2010-11
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I wouldn't trust Vyxsen's word on anything. As to the "who stole the mold" business, I'm inclined to believe he was mistaken and he had his own after all, but there's no definitive information on that. But if anyone took it, it couldn't have been Vyxsen, because she didn't take anything out -- she was late putting anything in the fridge at all, so all she'd done was put one of her molds in.

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#2743 - 05/09/11 12:17 AM Re: Television 2010-11
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Well, the girls beat out the trotters, but you have to feel sorry for Gary and Mallory. One terrible cab driver cost them the race. They were doing so well up to that point. Just sheer bad luck cost them dearly.

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#2744 - 05/09/11 04:24 PM Re: Television 2010-11
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Registered: 09/22/04
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Mallory is such a drama queen that she began to get on my nerves, but yes, she and her dad got the short end of the stick. That was an unusually harsh finale, wasn't it? First the hair-waxing, which must have been really painful for the hairy guys. Then the tricycle ride across Seven-Mile Bridge...just watching it made my knees ache. Anyway, congrats to Keisha and Jen, who revealed they're going to use the money to help their mother start her own business. That's a good ending to any race.

Last night's L&O:CI was more like it! Goren got to manipulate TWO bad guys into admitting their guilt. Now we're cooking.

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#2745 - 05/15/11 09:46 PM Re: Television 2010-11
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Cancelled: V, Brothers and Sisters, Detroit 187, No Ordinary Family, Lie to Me, Human Target, Chicago Code. I'm sorry about Lie to Me; I liked its original approach to crime-solving.

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#2746 - 05/16/11 09:42 AM Re: Television 2010-11
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The Survivor finale was about as exciting as watching grass grow. Is there anyone in the world who didn't know Rob was going to win? If that's the best they can do, forget it.

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#2747 - 05/17/11 12:33 AM Re: Television 2010-11
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One good thing about Rob's win -- we'll never have to look at him again.

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#2748 - 05/18/11 08:27 AM Re: Television 2010-11
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I wish. He's not done yet...the guy loves the spotlight too much. Next up is a co-hosting gig on the History Channel, of all places.

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#2749 - 05/26/11 03:13 PM Re: Television 2010-11
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Andrew, when/if you're back from Leeds, would you answer a question about The Killing? Since the second episode, I've pretty much felt Belko was the killer. But yesterday I read somebody's post that said since Belko was the killer in the original Danish series, the American version had to have a different killer. That seems reasonable, but could you confirm that Belko was the Danish killer?

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#2750 - 05/26/11 04:38 PM Re: Television 2010-11
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I'm still here, Barbara - the 45 minute trip to Leeds is tomorrow (Friday).

Belko. There's nobody of that name in the original Forbrydelsen. Can you tell me something about how he's connected with the rest of the characters? Assuming that he's a he, that is.

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#2751 - 05/26/11 07:21 PM Re: Television 2010-11
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He's a he, yes. This is going to be tricky with the name changes. His name is Belko Royce in the American version, and he and Stan Larsen (father of the murdered girl) have known each other most of their lives. Belko helps Stan with his moving company, and he's sort of a casual, unofficial member of Stan's family. Belko is only a fringe player in the story we've been shown so far, never a director of the action but more a follower. That's what made me suspicious. There's an old trick in TV crime shows: the killer is introduced early in some innocent situation and then drops out of the action. Then he's brought back again, to remind the audience that there is such a character in the story. This may happen again, depending on the length of the show. So at the end, when he's revealed as the killer, the audience can't say "Who's this guy, where did he come from?" L&O's various episodes use the device all the time; so does NCIS, and probably other crime shows that I don't watch. But that's exactly the way The Killing has been showing Belko, in an insignificant sort of sidekick role.

There are internal pointers to Belko as well. He and Stan may have shared a criminal past. The police learn that the murdered girl's body was moved in a car that belonged to the campaign staff of a local politician running for mayor, and for a while the spotlight is on the politician. Belko offers to "take care" of the politician for Stan, but Stan says no, because "I don't do that any more." They've both killed in the past? Sounds like it.

The police believe the campaign car was stolen and turn their focus elsewhere. Belko finds out from a contact that the police do have a suspect, and he's one of the murdered girl's high shool teachers. So Stan and Belko grab the teacher and take him to an isolated spot, where Stan proceeds to beat the crap out of him. When Stan's finished, Belko steps in and starts kicking the man while he's down. He kicks the teacher so viciously that Stan has to stop him from killing him.

Belko isn't on the screen very much, just enough to establish two things: he's violent, and he's in and out of Stan's home a lot. That's adequate preparation to reveal him as the killer. It's understandable that the American version would want a different killer, but leaving those pointers to Belko in the script instead of turning them toward someone else -- that's just a red herring, always a cheat.

So, Andrew, is there a Belko-like character in the Danish series? And is he the killer?

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