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"Seeing Things" delves deeper into examining the detectives themselves, who are as mysterious as the case at hand.
True Detective gets mired in police procedural in the "Seeing Things" episode, but it's their mess, not the viewers.
While True Detective doesn't have typical procedural cliffhangers that make people want to binge-watch, I do find myself wondering how these episodes would watch in one sitting. They're so cinematic and there's a certain fluidity to the narrative.
What we have mostly investigated here are these two men, one of whom claims to have all the answers but really understands almost nothing about himself and his surroundings, the other of whom understands far too well, and has therefore given up.
True Detective may not be the feel good show of 2014, but it sure is great at making you want to fall down this particularly bleak rabbit hole.
In my last write-up, I said that I liked bleak mysteries. If True Detective is aligning itself with guys like Chambers and, by proximity, Lovecraft, then that is about as bleak as it gets.
In "Seeing Things," we get glimpses of this investigative odd couple behaving in strangely similar ways, on occasion even bonding over relative outsider status to their professional superiors or significant others.
Nothing is exceptional about the big-picture stuff on this show -- it's all in the details: the performances, the thematic dissections, the hypnotic depictions of the Louisiana landscape.
As much as anything, this episode of True Detective's preoccupation is masculinity, and the ways in which men seek to control the world around them.
Pizzolatto's main interest clearly lies in the effect that being a detective has not only on the men who do it but those around them, and he is composing one harsh, utterly compelling picture.
With the second installment in the book, I can confidently say that I think we have a winner on our hands.