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Killing Fields - S01 E01

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A woman's body was dumped in a bayou and left to decompose for three months, a retired detective tries to solve the case.

 
Episode Title: A Body in the Bayou
Airs: 2016-01-05 at 22:00
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    This is the kind of story that builds over time, so it's difficult to tell--Discovery made only one episode available--whether the rest of the series will stay as compelling as the pilot. But it's a doozy of an episode.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    [Rodie Sanchez is] so magnetic you’ll forget that this is an unscripted series.... Discovery sent one episode to critics, but it was enough to suggest that The Killing Fields should appeal to fans of both true-crime documentaries and fictionalized police procedurals.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Amy Amatangelo

    Fontana and Levinson probably couldn’t write a better TV character than Sanchez or create a better TV setting than Iberville Parish.... What’s really missing is something Serial, The Jinx and Making a Murderer all had: a suspect.... In any case, Killing Fields at least generates anxiety and a desire to see what happens next.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    The setting is exotic, and the characters are colorful in ordinary, workaday ways. The series' one real failing is that it doesn't completely trust them to carry the drama, laying on the high-volume audiovisual tics and tricks of reality television to remind us to be interested and excited. And yet it's the smaller, unvarnished, passing moments that sell the show--where its particular poetry, and even its comedy, can be found.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Lenika Cruz

    The people are real, the case is real, the place is real, and yet Killing Fields has the veneer of fiction to it--partly due to the natural tendency of human beings to view themselves as characters in their own stories, but also due to some unfortunately heavy-handed production choices.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Killing Fields relies on the kind of obviously staged or at least partly artificial action that typifies the reality-TV end of true crime.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    An interesting mystery is hampered by over-production, scripted interview scenes and other signs of a show trying to please instead of just letting the action unfold.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Killing Fields certainly didn't create this [reality TV] environment, but it does exist in it, albeit clumsily. Yes, these are real people, but so much of it feels phony.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
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