Last week, we brought you an in-depth review of the first episode of HBO's 'True Detective,' entitled 'The Long Bright Dark.' Today, we've got the scoop on what you can expect to see in this Sunday's second outing, 'Seeing Things.' What's in store for Detectives Martin Hart and Rust Cohle this weekend? Read on to find out.
Warning: I did my best to avoid any major plot spoilers below, but if you'd prefer to go in completely blind (or just haven't gotten around to watching your DVR recording of episode one yet), it would be wise to turn back now.
- As with last week, Hart and Cohle's investigation drives the episode, but is far from its focus. If you thought the series premiere didn't dwell enough on the progress of the case itself, you certainly won't find any more of that type of thing here. Sorry.
- Hart's heavily hinted at extramarital affair is given a big spotlight in this episode, complete with a rather interesting explanation as to how him getting action on the side is in fact good for his family. This being an HBO show, we also get our first gratuitous nude/sex scene of the series between Hart and his mistress. Appropriately, it involves handcuffs.
- Cohle's mysterious past is further revealed, including how he once got way too involved in an undercover operation. We also learn exactly how his daughter was killed.
- Cohle is also shown to be a full on badass. First during a heated confrontation with Hart over a shall we say "sensitive" topic. I had no idea it was that easy to disable someone's hands. Then later on, Rust gets the chance to apply some "enhanced interrogation techniques" on a couple of uncooperative informants. If there's one thing nobody should want to do, it's piss off Rust Cohle.
- Lots of references are dropped to a church, which murder victim Dora Lange had apparently joined prior to her untimely death. I'd assume this will end up figuring into the ritualistic iconography found at the crime scene.
- Rust is apparently short for Rustin. Between that name and the symbols made out of sticks that keep turning up, I have to wonder if 'True Detective's creators are fans of 'The Blair Witch Project.'
- Hart quote of the week: "What the hell's the point of cake, if you can't eat it." This may not make sense to you now, but it will after watching the episode. Words to live by Martin, words to live by.
'True Detective' episode two airs this Sunday night at 9/8c on HBO.