Critic Consensus: A nightmarish scene with Rachel McAdams and a strong performance from Vince Vaughn stand out in "Church in Ruins," an episode that still suffers from the flaws of True Detective's overarching story in season two.
as Frank Semyon
as Ray Velcoro
as Ani Bezzerides
as Paul Woodrugh
as Blake Churchman
as Athena Bezzerides
as Osip Agranov
as Katherine Davis
as Mr. Wyman
as Gena's rapist
as Jacob McCandless
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Critic reviews for Church in Ruins
I don't need to understand the motivations of the various holding companies responsible for the high-speed railway - hell, at this moment I can't even remember their names.
Subtle and genuinely moving, Vaughn's performance here was his best on the show to date.
Six episodes in, there's nearly zero narrative momentum and the stakes remain low.
The plot certainly moved forward smoothly this week, but two scenes showed why True Detective is better off when Pizzolatto emphasizes character over story.
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