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We interrupt your regularly scheduled scrolling for a special religious education edition of Rampant Speculation. Ramp Spec Religious Ed. Ed. (and Eddy).
Nevermind, it was just a shitty joke, Jesus, Rust! OK, let’s get to it then.
From Episode 3
- Samuel: They say that a picture’s worth a thousand words. Charlie Lange’s cheesecake prison polaroid pictures? Priceless. I digress. OK, there on the left. You can just barely make out that that’s a quotation from Samuel 17:47. The story of David & Goliath has been told and retooled, incorporated into some of our best and brightest works of art. Ever ask yourself why you seem to pull for “the little guy”? We have favored the underdog since before we domesticated canines, I’ll bet. So, what does David & Goliath have to do with Rustin & Martin? I have no idea right now! Maybe it’s a simple analogy; maybe it’s suggesting the detectives themselves, or one more than the other, fit the mold for comparison’s sake. Impossible to know for sure.
- Judges: If you had a girlfriend in high school in the late 2000s, or if you were a girl then yourself, you know Samson. He and Regina Spektor had a thing, but that’s neither here nor there. The Samson on our minds, detectives, is biblical in proportion. But what of him? He was the last Judge in the Old Testament, a demi-god type guy who had super strength but such a classic pressure point, according to Wikipedia: “his attraction to untrustworthy women.” Oh, I guess there were pressure points, plural, because also vulnerable was “his hair, without which he was powerless.” Youse guys tell me: who can’t help himself with lousy women, and who has hair (and seems less himself when he’s losing that hair)? But OK, of Rust and Marty, who seems more poised to lose his life in this game of intrigue? Who would be better suited to die, and in his death make more of an impact on something than he could during his life? Hmmm.
- Mark: The story of Jesus and the leper is a stirring enough tale. Which leper is that? All the lepers. Christ was known to have and sporadically displayed sorts of powers. He could heal very sick people when he wasn’t busy cheating death. This specific passage from Mark is troubling. In different translations, Jesus heals the leper because he is “moved with compassion,” but in others, he’s “indignant,” or sort of worked up into anger at the perceived unfairness of the leper’s plight. Big whoop, he does good work either way, right? But is it important to note the differences in the story? Recall: the New and Old testaments supposedly shape a narrative of two “different” Gods – a vengeful sectarian smiter from above (before, OT) and a benevolent father figure who sent his only son for his redemption value (after, NT). If I had to wager a guess, I would say this was lumped in here just to distract. But it’s fun to imagine that the dichotomy of two versions of God – as maybe it’s being suggested by Mark’s gospel – could be hinting at my theory Rust Cohle has split personalities. I don’t know, maybe Rust Cohle is tracking himself. There could be a New Testament Rust: wise, methodical, and insightful; and so, Old Testament Rust might be a psychological splinter of an identity that emerged during his 4 year “stint” on narcotics squad and flared up regularly, like tendonitis. OT Rust might be running circles around NT Rust!
More unjustifiable rambling and baseless dot-connecting to come.