Predictably, the series is finally cooking up and serving some sizzling results. The second from last episode of the second series of True Detective finally obliquely unleashes the perplexing mystery the detectives and audience have suffered headaches from, and it’s a revealing of mass corruption within the fictional Vinci PD.
Lying low after the tense climatical events of the previous episode, Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) and Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) link together the information they gained and ponder over the police department’s involvement in murder, fraudulent money transactions and conspiracy. With nowhere else to turn, Velcoro spills to Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn) everything they have learned, and each character soon discover that there is a price on each of their heads.
It’s by far the best episode of the series as it’s comprehensible, plus, the pieces of the puzzle are finally beginning to come together. The inevitable intimacy between Velcoro and Bezzerides initiates, Woodrugh is involved in another gun-slinging shootout and Semyon brutally cuts his losses. The episode’s quality reaches that of the first series, or possibly surpasses it; it is a superb episode and patient audiences will be rewarded with it.
The acting performances add to its greatness, with McAdams and Farrell in particular who stand out as they accept their demising situation. The insightfully flawed identities of the characters have peeked, and perhaps this is what links their intertwining demons and why they have collaborated well together so much – as Rust (Matthew McConaughey) tells Marty (Woody Harrelson) in the first series: “The world’s full of bad men, we keep the other bad men from the door“.
With another cliff-hanging climax parallel with the second episode’s, the audience have been led to a likely brilliant series finale next week, where the storyline is now comprehensible, characters’ crippling situations are becoming increasingly dangerous and the suspense is at an all-time high.