True Detective (2014– )
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Ray and Ani attempt to escape their desperate situation while Frank ties up some loose ends.

Director:

John Crowley

Writers:

Nic Pizzolatto (created by), Nic Pizzolatto
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Farrell ... Detective Ray Velcoro
Rachel McAdams ... Detective Ani Bezzerides
Taylor Kitsch ... Officer Paul Woodrugh
Kelly Reilly ... Jordan Semyon
Vince Vaughn ... Frank Semyon
Ritchie Coster ... Mayor Austin Chessani
Ronny Cox ... Catalast Executive
Fred Ward ... Eddie Velcoro
Rick Springfield ... Dr. Irving Pitlor
Abigail Spencer ... Gena Brune
James Frain ... Lieutenant Kevin Burris
Timothy V. Murphy ... Osip Agronov
Chris Kerson ... Nails
Andy Mackenzie ... Ivar
Afemo Omilami ... Police Chief Holloway
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Ray and Ani attempt to escape their desperate situation while Frank ties up some loose ends.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

At 87 minutes, it is the longest episode of True Detective yet. See more »

Goofs

In the upper left corner when Frank Semyon is talking to Bezzerides in the bar. See more »

Quotes

Detective Ray Velcoro: I owe these filth. I owe Woodrugh.
Detective Ani Bezzerides: Would you run? Now, if I asked, would you?
Detective Ray Velcoro: I might. I just might.
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Connections

References Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) See more »

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It Only Takes One Shot
Lera Lynn
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Uninspired writing headlines an ensemble of missteps
10 August 2015 | by charlesmelchinSee all my reviews

One cannot write a review of this episode without comparing it to the finale of season one. Season one's finale was a triumph, the last fold of an intricate piece of origami that brings everything together very neatly. It provided sufficient resolution through plausible means. Whereas this episode felt like the last scoop of gravy, slopped onto an already overflowing cafeteria tray.

Its sins are plentiful and littered equally across every facet of the episode's production. Things that should go unnoticed demanded attention for all the wrong reasons. And some of the greatest strengths of the show last season have decayed to the point that the quality seems more at home on CSI than on HBO.

The music choice throughout the season has been tolerable, at best. But the music used in the last couple of minutes were truly unbearable. They do know that simply adding a heavily distorted guitar to lyrics comprised of a string of low hanging clichés does not magically turn them into pearls, right?

I do not watch for this sort of thing, but I couldn't help but be distracted by the editing. Considering the pacing of the narrative, you'd think the editing would sing the same tune, or at least try playing in the same key. Instead there is this incessant need for thoroughly unnecessary cuts to let the viewer know what is happening now, when if that cut was dropped, they would have found out just two or three seconds later. True Detective should understand that its viewers are typically the patient sort; we can wait a couple more seconds to find out that Ray is sitting outside his son's school, especially since we'd already pretty much been told that that was where he was headed. There are many such moments.

When one looks at the totality of the season and the depth the characters reach in the course of their seasons, of the four leads, Ray's character was a spontaneous puddle of water one finds under their car compared to the other three. Even Frank's character pales when compared to Rust and Marty, something the writers seemed to recognize and tried to make up for with a couple of uninspired, slapdash moments in the last 10 minutes of the season. Even so, Frank was the only character that I found myself intrigued by. He was the only one that seemed intelligent, though certainly not profound. He was capable of being proactive, rather than simply reactive. Vaughn played the character well, though I can't tell if the profound lack of chemistry between he and his lover was purposeful and they were trying to tell us something about him through that emptiness, or if that emptiness betrayed the writers' intents.

There was an appalling lack of surprise, which was consistent with the season as a whole. The biggest surprise of season two came before episode one even aired; it came when the cast was announced. The finale was no different, especially given what people's expectations likely are for season three. The vastly different terrain was a smart move, though the cinematography of the desert somehow made it feel as though it was only slightly larger than a pitch. At the same time, the three different environments helped to extenuate the aloneness, or at least vast separation between each of the three. Though, again, the editing from the climactic scene of one character to the next was groan-worthy, if for no other reason than the, "Hey, we screwed once so now there's a very special bond between us" notion it heavily suggests. Driven by intuition, of course.

When the lineup was announced, I had my concerns that Farrell and Vaughn would have trouble matching the incredibly lofty standard set by Harrelson and McConaughey. We'll never find out because the material they were presented was a soggy successor to what the first season accomplished. I genuinely hope HBO is able to reflect on what mistakes were made in the making of the second season. Having a dozen well-connected bad guys was a liability. Using the city as a backdrop did them no favors. Having five "good guys" was exhausting and counterproductive. The dual timelines of season one lent itself to every strength the show had, but hopping between points in time in season two would have been wholly impractical when you are already drowning your viewers in 20 different characters, most of which are referenced often, though few had more than a couple minutes of screen time. We'll see just how self-reflective they are when the next season fires up. Like Rust, they've demonstrated fantastic ability, as well as their capacity for squandering it.


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