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Paul Levinson
New York City, New York, USA
March 25
Fordham University
Paul Levinson's The Silk Code won the 2000 Locus Award for Best First Novel. He has since published Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel Eye (2003), The Plot To Save Socrates (2006), Unburning Alexandria (2013), and Chronica (2014) - the last three known as the "Sierra Waters trilogy". His science fiction and mystery short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards. His eight nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), New New Media (2009, 2013) have been the subject of major articles in the New York Times, Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, and have been translated into twelve languages. Paul Levinson has appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" (Fox News), "The CBS Evening News," the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” (PBS), “Nightline” (ABC), and numerous national and international TV and radio programs. His 1972 album, Twice Upon a Rhyme, was re-issued in 2010. He reviews the best of television in his blog, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Top 10 Academic Twitterers" in 2009. Paul Levinson is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City


APRIL 9, 2012 2:02AM

The Killing 2.2: Holder

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As intrepid as Linden is, she's never going to catch Rosie's killer entirely on her own - there are just too many people and obstacles in the way of that.  She needs Holder.  In The Killing 2.2, the two get back together.

Holder is in some crucial ways as powerful a character as Linden.  He's weaker - ethically - than Linden.   But that means he has to struggle more, win a victory over himself, in order to get back on the path of doing the right thing.  He did this last week, when he proved that his superiors just wanted to bury the Rosie case - not really do anything to find her real killer.   Linden realizes this tonight, and she pulls Holder back from some brink and back into partnership with her.

They'll need all the help they can get.  The mob boss - Yanic - bald-facedly lies to Stan, to get him off the track of the real killer, which evidence that we and Linden and Holder are beginning to see is pointing in Yanic's mob's direction.  Of course, we've gotten lots of false leads in this story before, but sooner or later one is bound to pan out.

The greatest strength of The Killing remains the portrait it provides of Rosie's family in the aftermath of her death.  Tonight we see Mitch in a tryst with a guy she picks up in a bar, desperate for some kind of feeling.  It's another facet of a family unraveling, disintegrating, understandably unable to come to tems with the brutal loss of Rosie.  Mitch's sister is the only one holding them together.

Jamie is also a hero, doing his best to keep Richmond afloat.  The candidate at first can't accept that he'll never walk again, but begins to see the harsh truth by the end of the episode.  Does he still have a chance to get elected and a role in finding Rosie's killer?  I'd say yes to both.

See also The Killing Season Two Premiere

And see also The Killing on AMC and The Killing 1.3: Early Suspects ... The Killing 1.5: Memorable Moments ... The Killing 1.6: The Teacher ... The Killing 1.8: The Teacher, Again ... The Killing 1.9: The Teacher as Victim, Again ... The Killing 1.10: Running Out of Suspects ... The Killing 1.11: Rosie's Missing - from the Story ... The Killing 1.12: Is Orpheus the Killer? ... The Killing 1.13: Stretching Television

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