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"The Locked Room" provides moments of true horror, as well as engrossing psychological elements.
I can watch Woody and Matt's conversations even without the plot. The way they bob and weave, it's like two middleweights.
We're in the third episode now, and this stuff is just getting meatier, like digging into the rarer, juicier bits of the steak at the center.
So finally we arrived at Reginald LeDoux. The way Rust said his name to the detectives just oozed with intrigue.
And for the third straight episode, True Detective excels in delivering an ending that elicits an extreme motion. In this case, horror.
This episode is called "The Locked Room," but it just as easily could have been titled "Life Is But a Nightmare."
The particulars of this murder mystery continue to prove incidental to the greater story of what happened to these two men, Hart and Cohle, in the intervening years.
"The Locked Room," and this also applies to True Detective through three chapters, excelled because it seemed like you're figuring out the whodunit right along with Hart and Cohle in 1995, down to every detail.
Even by True Detective's standards, this is a particularly introspective hour of television, but equally it is one that propels the story forward in a way that the show's opening two episodes were unwilling to do.
There is an argument to be made regarding whether or not this show should be labeled as horror, but there is no doubt in my mind that "The Locked Room" is an extremely scary episode of television.
Hart's temper and insecurities get the better of him and the hunt for a suspect narrows in this week's engrossing episode of True Detective.