True Detective: Season 1, Episode 8

Form and Void (9 Mar. 2014)

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An overlooked detail provides Hart and Cohle with an important new lead in their 17-year-old case.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Childress
Steve Geraci (as Michael J. Harney)
Veronica Hunsinger-Loe ...
Lilly Hill
Billy Lee Childress


Rust and Marty continue their search for the man with the scarred face. Marty notices that in a crime scene photo, one of the houses had been recently painted - green, as in the green-eared monster. They locate the former owner who remembered having the house painted that year and thanks to tax records, learn that the company was owned by the Childress family. They visit the last registered business address and descend into a hellish labyrinth from which they will have to fight to survive. Written by garykmcd

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An intense end of a fantastic season
9 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Given the nature of television, it can be quite surprising to come across a program that doesn't waste time and manages to build massive amounts of tension and deliver a satisfying outcome. True Detective started out excellent and by its fourth episode became a standout work of fiction for any medium. And while any false step could have caused the story to tumble out into a ridiculous or unearned direction, I can say having seen all eight episodes that the quality was maintained to its last shot.

Not since season 4 of Breaking Bad have I seen a season of any show that did not let me down in some way (even BrBa had some bizarre character and narrative choices in its final season despite being quite monumental). Everything feels earned and within character. The partnership between Cohle and Hart grows and wanes and strengthens in ways that doesn't betray the mutual contempt they hold for another. The antagonist is that right balance of chameleon and psycho.

Despite all the praise, I was quite worried that the finale wouldn't deliver, that the writing trip itself up in the face of the climax. However, the writing, acting, directing and editing all worked in creating an intense end to the story.

It would be interesting to see another season tackling the dangling threads of the case, but given how much resolution we get I am happy with the ending. It doesn't feel cheap or cheesy. It is genuine.

And now I have a little depression to look forward to as there is almost 10 months left in the year and I am almost positive that I have watched best show of 2014.

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