True Detective

Season 1 Episode 2

Seeing Things

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 19, 2014 on HBO
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As Cohle and Hart face being taken off the Lange case, their investigation takes them to a cathouse and a church.  Meanwhile, Hart finds a way to get away from his strained marriage to Maggie.

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  • Seeing Things

    The show is trying too hard to be different from broadcast net cop shows, while still following the same formula they do which makes for a bit of shaky writing and odd acting at points. There were a few laughs, but I still can't call this show great yet.
  • Best Form in Story Telling I've Seen in a Long.....

    I am thoroughly enjoying this new series. It has one of the best original forms of truly compelling story telling that I've seen in a LONG time. McConaughey and Harrelson are amazing. Very cool that they're both very well known Texans. But McConaughey has just come into his own here recently... he's fascinating and brilliant to watch in this series.

    I see great things in store for this production. Watch it!!!moreless
  • Writing on the Wall (Spoilers Ahead)

    True Detective continued to be mired in bleakness and continuing down the road who killed Dora Lange. But a clock is put on them when an FBI taskforce that specializes in occult cases and their uptight captain make them need to find the perp because it's been over a week and no suspects are in custody. The case got a lot more interesting with Cohle finding their way down to a "bunny ranch" (a trailerpark brothel of sorts) and they find Dora Lange had stayed there and read her journal. Things get really freaky when they read about "the Yellow King" and how she may've been involved with hallucinogens (something that Cohle we learn is familiar with after his years as a narco before transferring to Louisiana). They find a flyer for a church and find a burned down one with a graphic depiction on one of the intact walls that looks just like Dora Lange's murder scene. Along the way we see Dora's drug addled mother whom she had lost contact with. The 2012 scenes got a lot more informative and gave us another detail that there is some sort of "woodland throwdown" that may've led to the Hart/Cohle partnership splitting up. Seeing deeper into the deeply nihilistic Cohle was depressing but fascinating as he laments his daughter's death saved him "the sin of being a father" and how he now works four days a week and drinks in between the sign of a truly broken man. We also see that Hart is unfaithful to Maggie as he visits his girlfriend Lisa after all the "family man" rationalizing he does and the hard time he gives Cohle about morality and whatnot he's not at all what he seems. And while his domestic problems with his father-in-law being ignorant and crotchety and his wife being upset with his hours and distance I am enthralled even though I've seen it before. One of the more interesting parts of the episode is him seeing his daughters' having posed their dolls like the crime scene and how they must've heard about the Lange murder and how their dad is investigating it. I guess he can't protect his family as well as he thinks he can from the work that he does. But it's Cohle that once again gets the leg work done by smacking down informants for information on the location of the "bunny ranch," and the most tense part of the episode being how he can smell/deduct that Hart hadn't been with his wife last night and threatening to destroy Hart's hands. This show remains interesting and the greatly poetic imagery adds to the dread that the two men face whilst trying to solve the Lange murder. I can only hope that each episode doesn't end with them finding some "spooky clue" but I'm mostly intrigued by the "Yellow King" because Lange's boyfriend from the last episode said that "she said she met some sort of King" so that may be well who killed her/sacrificed her. Until next week.moreless
Alexandra Daddario

Alexandra Daddario

Lisa Tragnetti

Guest Star

Tess Harper

Tess Harper

Mrs. Kelly

Guest Star

Lili Simmons

Lili Simmons


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Kevin Dunn

Kevin Dunn

Major Ken Quesada

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