True Detective Watch: Seeing Things

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Brief spoilers for last night’s True Detective below: “Sorry, I drift.” –Rust Cohle “You know the job. You’re looking for narrative.” –Martin Hart I don’t plan on reviewing every episode of True Detective–having seen four episodes so far, I’m not sure it’s a show that lends itself to episode-by-episode reviewing. But since the premiere got so much attention (and since I’m traveling this week and won’t have much time to blog otherwise), I thought I’d check in on the second episode, “Seeing Things,” and see what Tuned Inlanders are thinking of it so far. By this point, it seems True Detective is clueing us in as to what kind of mystery story it’s going to be. Only part of it has to do with who did it, what happened, and so forth; we know by now, for instance, that the 1995 murder is going to be solved. (Or, well, somebody is going to go to jail for it.) Another big part of the puzzle is the order in which it reveals information to us, and what that adds to our knowledge not just of the killing, but the men solving it. For instance, “Seeing Things” returns us to the dinner at Marty’s house, and gives us more information about the reason for his drunken state. In the pilot episode, the show played interestingly with how it revealed information, and to whom: Rust opens up to Marty’s wife about his daughter’s death, but Marty still knows nothing about it. Now Marty learns–and learns that his little girl’s death in a car accident led his marriage to break up. But Marty doesn’t learn (we do, in 2012) that Rust was in a psychiatric hospital after his daughter died. Or that he killed a man for abusing his own daughter. What matters here, it seems, is not only what we know about the story, but what we know about what pieces of the story each character doesn’t know. So now we and Marty know about that wound Rust carries. But Marty doesn’t know

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