True Detective

Season 1 Episode 4

Who Goes There

37
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 09, 2014 on HBO
9.5
out of 10
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Cohle and Hart continue on the trail of their suspect.

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  • Reality Comment

    9.0
    Yes. the episode was really good. My comment is on the ever declining state of life in the USA. There is no trickle is All or Nothing. You either ride the wind and Dine with with Dieties or you are stuck on social security or in a fixed icome housing unit. Hope is not alive. The discontent is hidden by the media. What an embarassment The office of President has become since the 1960s. The last State of theUnion had thre lowest ratings. That is actually HOPEFUL. people arent BUYING it anymore.moreless
  • Is There a Method to the Madness?

    6.0
    The final moments in this episode with the chaos in the hood was exciting and action-packed, but does it make up for the mumbling and incoherent drivel and aimless 40+ minutes that preceded it? I'm not so sure, so that's why I can't give this uneven episode that high a score.
  • As Detectives Hart and Cohle continue their investigation, things start to go wildly out of control.

    9.0
    "True Detective" keeps getting better with each episode. This episode is by far the most thrilling of the season. The final sequence of the failed hit of the stash house was just plain incredible. The final six minute tracking shot of the disastrous hit was just plain brilliant. My only criticism is Detective Hart's pleading with his estranged wife and begging to be forgiven. That is very formulaic. However the rest of the episode more than makes up for this minor flaw. There has been a great deal of Oscar buzz for Matthew McConaughey for his well received performance in the film "Dallas Buyers Club" and rightfully so. In my opinion, he deserves some Emmy buzz as well for his phenomenal performance in the series. The same can be said for Woody Harrelson. They both deserve Emmy nominations. I just hope they don't get nominated in the same category because that would mean one of them would have to lose!moreless
  • Out of Control!

    10
    So much tension, you could feel everything going sideways. But man when it did it was epic!
  • Heat (Spoilers Ahead)

    10
    True Detective unleashed its most intense hour yet this week as Rust and Marty go outside the law to find Reggy LaDoux. Coincidentally LaDoux is an exclusive cook for a motorcycle gang called the Iron Crusaders who Rust was undercover among when he was working narcotics a few years back before he got shot and transferred. He finds out his cover is still intact and approaches them with a bag of cocaine (stolen from the evidence room of course) that he says his "Mexican associates" want to trade for meth without the cartel getting wind of it. Rust decides to take personal days to prepare to be Crash (his cover ID) while Marty deals with his personal life exploding as his girlfriend (who turned out to a court clerk which I don't think was revealed before) and after warning Marty not to treat her like crap anymore (I totally agree with her on this one although he was on his way to letting her get on with her life) she tells Maggie about their affair and he is ejected from his marriage. In the meantime he stays with Rust in his nearly empty living space (oh so much drinking and smoking in this episode) as they prepare to go to Texas to find a line to LaDoux through the Iron Crusaders. Rust's meeting with Maggie showed how much he cares about Marty when he drops his own nihilistic philosophy by saying that for the kids and to acknowledge that Marty isn't perfect she should take him back and speaks on behalf of his ill fated friend. To be fair, Marty had it coming doing what he did and she has every right to throw him out, so you can't hate her for throwing out her cheating husband. It just sucks to see Marty take it so terribly, but the case gives him renewed purpose it seems. But this was truly the first glimpse that the audience, and even Maggie, saw in Rust's detached and grim-as-hell demeanor. Also his cartel story was downright disgusting to hear, glad I wasn't eating at the time I was watching this. Rust goes into the bar where the Crusaders operate out of and agrees to help his old biker pal rip off a drug stash-house in the projects if he hooks him up their meth cook on behalf of his "Mexican associates" (who don't exist by the way). Rust didn't really see a way out and Marty almost got his cover blown tailing Rust to the back of bar before getting kicked out. This is where things got really intense as Rust and the bikers hit the stash-house with a gang-banger who snitched on the location in tow and enter the neighborhood under the guise of police officers. But the locals obviously know something is up as they surround the house. Rust tried boldly to stop things from escalating but sure enough the bikers got all rapey, one of the guys being held at gunpoint saw fit to try and stop him, and before you know it shots are being fired all over. I loved Rust's cool head in this situation as he grabbed the Red headed biker, disarmed him, and then forced him to go with him while they snuck slowly through the neighborhood with project people trying to kill them and the cops on their way. The greatest cinematic feat beyond the claustrophobic feel of the stash-house is a long continuous shot of Rust carrying Red through the neighborhood in the darkness as Marty pulls up as the cavalry and they both climb into the back barely having made it out alive. I knew the job would go south, and it felt almost like something out of a Grand Theft Auto game with ripping off other criminals. But this is a shining example and shows that True Detective knows how to make itself change genres when needed. Episodes can fluctuate from dark and brooding investigations to spur of the moment gunfights. I really hope this show gets a second season and what the creator and director will do once McConaughey and Harrelson part ways after this season. I'm sad that we're already half way through the season but I'm much more excited to see where things go now that we have a line on who killed Dora Lange and how the confrontation will go down with Rust and Marty deal with LaDoux.moreless
Alexandra Daddario

Alexandra Daddario

Lisa Tragnetti

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Jackson Beals

Jackson Beals

Det. Mark Daughtry

Guest Star

Aurielle Brimmer

Aurielle Brimmer

 

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Kevin Dunn

Kevin Dunn

Major Ken Quesada

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