Chloë Sevigny, with Omid Abtahi, plays a cop with a dark side in the new A&E crime drama 'Those Who Kill.' (Giovanni Rufino)
The first episode of “Those Who Kill” operates on the assumption that Americans have such a hunger for serial killers they will accept even the most preposterous plot turns.
And there may be some truth to that. “The Following” has been a hit for Fox, and “Hannibal” returned this week on NBC. “Dexter” spent eight seasons carving up people on Showtime. We, the people, do like our dead bodies.
On that level, “Those Who Kill” delivers. After serving up an appetizer of various desiccated corpses, the show’s designated madman-of-the-night appears, terrorizing women he keeps naked in a coffin-like box. Cue the hysterical screaming.
Only trouble is — aside from the torture porn nature of the show — the story itself is a series of question marks that takes a plunge into the ridiculous in its climactic scene.
Meet Catherine Jensen (Chloe Sevigny). She’s a Pittsburgh police detective who’s really interested in serial killers. After discovering the aforementioned corpses, she teams up with college professor Thomas Schaeffer (James D’Arcy) so she can use his deep psychological insights to hunt down the killer.
Along the way, the professor learns Jensen has pictures of the homes of famous serial killers hanging in her apartment. Possibly our detective has a screw loose. You think?
All of which is pretty standard stuff, neither dooming nor dynamite. But then Jensen commits not just one but two completely implausible acts within the space of 30 seconds, both supremely traceable and each full cause for dismissal. But nothing happens.
You’re not going to stand for that kind of plot sloppiness, are you America? Not just so you can see more people terrorized and killed each week.
You’re not, right?
'Those Who Kill'
10 p.m. Monday