This past weekend I watched the first five or so episodes of AMC’s The Killing. So far, I’ve enjoyed it immensely, and mostly because it is completely impossible to ignore the similarities it shares with Twin Peaks, one of the absolute best shows of all time.
On a narrative level, alone, the two programs share much in common: they both center around the investigation of the murder of a locally beloved teenage girl, whom—as political/sexual conspiracy after conspiracy is revealed—the viewer comes to realize has a sort of murky, sordid past; they are both set in Washington state (The Killing in Seattle, Twin Peaks in the fictional town of Twin Peaks); etc., etc., etc.
I’ve compiled a list of character analogs between the two shows which I plan to return to once I’ve delved deeper into the series. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
The Killing : Twin Peaks
Rosie Larsen : Laura Palmer
Sarah Linden : Special Agent Dale Cooper
Darren Richmond : Ben Horne
Stephen Holder : Sheriff Harry S. Truman/Deputy Andy Brennan
Mitch Larsen : Sarah Palmer
Stanley Larsen : Leland Palmer
Terry Marek : Norma Jennings
Bennet Ahmed : Dr. Lawrence Jacoby/Leo Johnson
Lesley Adams : Mayor Dwayne Milford
Tom & Denny Larsen : Johnny Horne (only seen/referenced in the Pilot)
Jamie Wright : Jerry Horne
Belko Royce : Big Ed Hurley
Sterling Fitch : Donna Hayward
Amber Ahmed : Shelly Johnson
Jasper Ames : James Hurley
Gwen Eaton : Josie Packard
Ruth Yitanes : Catherine Martell
Lt. Michael Oakes : Gordon Cole
More on this later. Feel free to contest!