I find it sad that U.S. networks can't do better than copying European series. Sometimes the results are poor: Life on Mars; sometimes passable: Being Human and The Office. In this case, while the plot, characters and even camera angles are being duplicated, the American "The Killing" features a very talented cast, quite capable of matching the Danish Forbrydelsen (The Crime) originals.
I am not watching every episode of the remake because I already know the ending, but I like what I've seen. I may even stick around in case they change the ending. I have noticed the faster clip of the remake (13 episodes vs. the original 20). This takes away some of the intense, brooding quality of the original, which, in a way, mirrors the pace of Scandinavian life. Also, most of the action in Forbrydelsen happens at night -it gets dark (and quiet) very early in Copenhagen during the fall / winter period, which sets the story's atmosphere. Sure, Seattle can be gloomy, but it is a more "optimistic" kind of gloom!
Looking forward to the second season from Amazon UK, after it airs in England with subtitles (only Blu Ray edition is German dubbed).