True Detective 1.3 Review: “The Locked Room”

Ahh, another Sunday, another new episode of True Detective to watch.  It’s nice to finally have a new show that I really look forward to each week now that Breaking Bad is off the air. Despite next week being a rerun, last night’s episode was, in my opinion, the best yet, and left us viewers with a lot of new information about Marty and Rust, the case, and where the show might head in the future.  The thing that I find so interesting about True Detective is how I never feel bored during such dialogue heavy episodes; the show’s main characters are written so well and McConaughey and Harrelson’s acting is top notch.

Rust and Marty grabbin' a bite

Rust and Marty grabbin’ a bite

As I said, I thought last night’s episode of True Detective was the best one so far.  Right from the start, Marty and Rust check out a church revival ministry tent that used to occupy the burnt down church when it was in town.  They hope to find possible info about Dora Lange’s murder. The people there are all super religious and the types that would seem to believe it if the minister began communicating with their deceased loved ones.  Rust immediately delivers one (among many this episode) of his brutally honest opinions by asking Marty, “what do you think the average IQ of this group, huh?” Which I thought was hilarious because what makes me love Rust’s character is how opposite he is from the traditional southern religious beliefs.  He gets a lot of crap for it from Marty and the other guys in the department, but I really love how his character doesn’t fall in line with the standard and can bring new perspectives to the table.  Anyway, after questioning the minister and some parishioners, they discover that Dora Lange did attend the church, with a tall man who had a burned face.

When the show flipped to the personal lives of our detectives, Marty just seems like he gets continuously angry.  He comes home to see his lawn mowed, even the clippings neatly in a trash bin. He finds Rust talking to Maggie and makes it clear that he wants Rust out, eventually giving him a hard time about helping out.  I’m not sure if Rust is trying to passively aggressive show Marty that he needs to be home more, or if he’s just being considerate and Marty realizes he should be home more.  Either way, this leads us to a night out double date where Maggie has set Rust up with one of her coworkers, to get drinks and dance.  Rust seems his usual quiet and un-enthused while the focus again is on Marty, as  he sees Lisa at another table on a date with a new guy.  When the dancing is done and everyone heads home, Marty’s poor judgement leads him to drunkenly drive over to Lisa’s apartment, force his way in, and threaten the guy she is with.

I’m not really sure what Marty is doing here.  I feel like he is going through some mid-life crisis (he mentions how he is nearing 40) and covers it up with “loving two women at once”. Although, I really liked the scene a little earlier where he is in the present time and gets caught day dreaming about Maggie while staring at his empty ring finger.

The next morning, when Marty comes sluggishly into the office, we discover that Rust has made a breakthrough in the case.  There was another woman who died in the past, but was said to have drowned in a flood; however, Rust points out that she has similar injuries to Dora Lange, was said to (also) have had LSD and meth in her system, and to add a cherry on top, was had the same spiral drawn on her body.

This is where things took this episode to the next level. We finally see the pair get a real lead in the case that they are about to lose and the thrills are in motion.  Marty and Rust follow up with the drowned girl’s grandfather who points them in the direction of her old boyfriend, Reggie Ledoux.  Then, we see that Ledoux was cell mates with Charlie Lange….

Marty and Rust throw on the siren and ride off to hunt Ledoux down.

Again, I just thought that all the clues they gave out within the span of this episode and then the epic ending where they hunt down the man wearing a gas mask.

I think the biggest clue I took from this episode was how the second victim also went to the school ran by the foundation of Reverend Tuttle.  I think we will discover that this Ledoux guy was the first killer, but Tuttle is actually behind it all.  Maybe this future killer is another trainee of his who can commit the murders and take the fall.  He is also the guy who set up the task force to take over this case from Rust and Marty, so that a group specialized in “occult crimes” can lead the investigation.  Tuttle would seem to have a nice set up to cover himself and lead the police away from ever getting close to catching him. Either way, I can’t wait until episode four because I’m sure it will be even better.

Other Notes:

-I really liked two of Marty’s lines tonight; the first is when he admits although Rust is arrogant, he was always right.  Even though they piss each other off most of the time, the respect is still there. The second was pretty unexpected ( in a good way) when he is honking for Rust to return to the car, “who walks that f**king slow?”

-The man with the facial scars never leads to anything, but Rust’s interrogation skills are pretty menacingly awesome!

– Marty mentions a shootout. I can’t wait to see it happen.

-“And like many dreams… There’s a monster at the end.”

What did you think of The Locked Room? Have any good theories about what might happen? Feel free to share!

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