Spoiler Alert: Read no further if you don’t want the second episode of HBO’s True Detective maniacally analyzed and spoiled
Don’t expect Katy Perry to respect your supreme creator in her latest music video. The British haven’t always gotten it right, but their track record speaks for itself: they colonized North America, created The Office, and frankensteined Downtown Abbey: a channel 10-type Public Broadcasting program (in America, at least) that managed to lure and hook both my grandma (86) and my sister (20-something).
So, what’s up with the BBC’s top-10 most viewed stories from Feb. 26? Mistake, or did the British Broadcasting Corp. actually alter an article title? Coming in at #2 (when I saw), “Unnamed page” had muffled the voice of the entire Ukrainian electorate! Me, I take this Perry v. Muslims case seriously – if only for the light it sheds on the state of media and how it coddles Islam. This is an affront to my God. The god of the Secular. Religion belongs where it most makes sense: in your church, in your head, or on your channel. Let it inform all you do – for Christ’s sake, or any other holy one’s – but pleasus, just don’t talk about it in public.
When you leave the shore and dive into the open ocean of popular opinion, you will have but little say over the tides. Just as well you might pick a fight with the sky for not liking its shade of blue.
Without further Ledoux, let’s begin the second in a however-many-True-Detective-episodes-*God-will-grant-us part series.
From Episode 2
- Marie Fontenot & the Lange Case: In 2012, Detectives Papania & Gilbough plant doubt in the mind of Rust Cohle’s former partner, Marty Hart. Did Cohle hijack that Lange murder investigation, back in 1995? They speculate Cohle “pushed things where he wanted them to go,” starting with Marie Fontenot (say it fast and drop the t, like faw-en-oh). She went missing five years before ’95; that’s 1995, when then-Dets. Hart & Cohle were called to the gruesome spot where Dora Lange’s body was found – out by that tree in the sugar cane field near Erath, Louisiana. Why’d Cohle begin the search for Lange’s killer by talking to the uncle of some girl who went missing five years ago? Remember what Rust said in response: “Call it intuition.” I call it weird. Rust could have given the true answer. He could’ve said Marie Fontenot’s name came up twice: first, when another detective on the homicide squad reported that his “contact at AP” returned her name; then again, when Rust & Marty knocked door-to-door, near the crime scene. One neighbor asked, “Is it the Fontenot girl?” He thought they’d found her, not Dora, in the field.
- Hurricane Andrew, 1992: Rev. Tuttle ran some rural, religious schools from the early 1980s to mid ’90s. Rust thinks they’re central to the disappearance of lots of women and children. Near the beginning of episode two, we return to him in all his Lone Star brews, cigarettes, and glory. Faded, he’s rambling a bit but wait, could he be cross-questioning detectives Papania and Gilbough? Was getting drunk park of his plan? (Hint: it was). Just recall what he asked them: “Girls. Schools shut down in ’92, closed down after Andrew – that mean anything to you?” It means something to me, now, having seen up and through three quarters of this first season. I wish it meant more, if only because I’m dying to pencil P&G in as “good or “evil,’ in my True Detective crossword. I have a few going theories about what those two are up to – just like I’ve got a rolodex of What-If-Its-Rusts, and a few things that put me onto Marty, suspicious-like.
- Marty Mc-Flying Bullshit: Gilbough asks, “Cohle ever talk about his parents?” Martin Hart – Cohle’s former partner, currently embroiled in a conflict with his own receding hair line – replies, “No. Little bit. ‘Bout his dad: uh, Alaska, ‘Nam.” Okay, so that’s a no? Except then a yes, then specifically which parent (dad), then that his dad maybe lived in Alaska, fought in the Vietnam war. Was this Marty’s phony memory, jogging itself? Probably, yeah. The real question is how Papania & Gilbough will interpret that – deflection, normal recollection. Then immediately, Hart changes the subject; he segues into discussing his own dad, about how his dad “still could’ve taken [him] in the end.”
- General Hypocrisy and Projection: Man, Marty Hart is a smooth talker. Except is he? Responding to a question about Rust Cohle’s parents, Hart turns the conversation to “family,” then really to a dig on Rust: “there was things he needed, that he couldn’t admit to.” OK, like we’re not about to witness Marty have a near-breakdown in his own bedroom, in episode three? Remember when his wife Maggie confronts him about his strange behavior? For a whole year long, she’s seen him act like a “teenager.” And instead of divulging the adultery he’s consumed himself with – like a grown man should do – he whines and self-pities for his being “all fucked up,” because of “cases” and “work.” That’s not so bad, you’ll say. It doesn’t speak of repressed desire either, does it? Except wait, the next substantial thing he spits out, it’s basically to hint that his wife’s feeling distant from him because they no longer spend weekends “without leaving [the] bedroom”! It sounds and looks a lot like, to me, Marty just needs to bone much more than he can admit to himself, but he doesn’t want his wife’s view of him too blurred by reality. Admit to that, Hart.
- Who’s “Serial Theory” was it Really?: For some reason, I thought it was Rust who made the case that Lange’s murder wasn’t an isolated incident. Except, remember when Marty and Lisa (Alex Daddario) have that first hook up? Marty calls her from the bar and stops by. Sitting there on the couch – straddled by Lisa legs – he tells her she should stop leaving her apartment at night; he tells her that it’s not safe; he says that “there’s a crazy man out there, and he’s killing women.” Just Dora Lange, right? No, “it’s not just her, there’s more,” but “we’re keeping it out of the press,” and we’re “thinking he’s been doing this awhile.” OK, so what? Well, either Marty knew more than we gave him credit for, early on, like he was pulled into a meeting with Quesada or maybe Rev. Tuttle, or the Task Force-to be; so, like that, or Marty just wanted to keep his slam piece on the side from going anyplace where she might bump into his wife and children. That one shouldn’t be a problem, nope.
More unjustifiable rambling and baseless dot-connecting to come, episode by mother-loving episode.
*God, as you understand him/her/it/them/ancient aliens