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True Detective | Season 2, Episode 3 Recap

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Jeremiah Panhorst (@jpanhorst) is away this week nursing a buckshot wound, but Josh Wigler(@roundhoward) and Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) are holding down the fort investigating the curious case of Vinci city manager Ben Caspere and the shotgun-toting Birdman. Josh and Antonio run down all the latest clues the show has dropped about the murder mystery, and they dig deeper into some of the new character revelations, including Ray Velcoro’s haunting dream, Paul Woodrugh’s romantic past, Frank Semyon’s bareknuckled brawl, and Ani Bezzerides’ interest in animal masks.

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  • Coach

    Last year we got so much depth into Rust and Marty. Do you think the way they are telling the story this season as well as doubling up the main character count is hurting the depth in this season characters?

  • Lila

    How did no one at HBO give Nic Pizzolato the note that not everyone speaks in poetic, twisty dialogue? I almost cringed listening to Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell’s characters having a conversation using words like “apoplectic” and “strident.” That’s not at all who these people are. As if the basement monologue last week wasn’t inauthentic enough. Give me a break.

    • stephanie wanamaker

      this was first week I was disappointed with vince vaughn he seemed more like a parody of a crime boss

    • susan appleby

      Not everyone can be Boyd Crowder. It makes me appreciate Walton Coggins even more.

  • Johnny Lopez

    how are you guys feeling about the directing now that we’ve got are first switch up. tbh i thought it took a step forward this week with a little more transparency and slight adjustment to the pacing. im still not a doubter but i agree with some peoples qualms with the writing its getting a little hamfisted and indulgent with the dialog. not quite to the level of the show hannibal which is pretty much got me tuning out.

  • John Santucci

    What was up with Frank and Ray’s bar conversation? Apoplectic?
    Stridency? Did they just come from a community college vocabulary
    improvement class? Pizzolatto’s dialogue can be a bit forced, and cause a
    ripple in my suspension of disbelief sometimes. Even Antonio Mazzaro
    doesn’t talk like that!

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      those are perfectly cromulent words which surely embiggen the overall word picture being painted by pizzolatto!

      • susan appleby

        Damn you Antonio. Making me look up words I know in my heart and my head aren’t “real”

        I do know “apoplectic”because that’s how my mother would describe my father’s reactions to various incidents he encountered while raising 4 daughters. Usually these were things that seemed like a good idea to us at the time. “Shaking with rage” is how I would describe it.

  • John Santucci

    The mystery black Cadillac was firebombed behind a suspect’s home right when Velcoro and Bezzarides were at the front door. Coincidences like that do not happen in True Detective, which begs the question, why is the masked mystery man following them and does he in fact know who they are? Is he someone with inside knowledge of the investigation?

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      gotta be the Vinci PD right? Put Ray on it assume he will be malleable and won’t make any real progess on it. Saddle him with a drunk partner probably stooging him and the entire investigation. They could not account for the fact that Ani is probably going to flip him, or that his family drama would make him ripe for the flipping. herein likely lies the central conflict of the show.

  • susan appleby

    You guys absolutely need to recap Ray Donovan. I just binge watched Season 2. Didn’t even see Season 1. It’s not perfect but, terrible Boston accents aside, it is pretty damn close. You would be perfect recapping it.

    (Sorry I don’t have a question for True Detective, just this comment.)

  • Rubicon

    Beware Antonio’s Rage!

  • Anna

    Kinda got my hopes up when I read the HBO description that said “Paul works the prostitute angle” but then I realized it wasn’t what I thought

  • Angie

    Anyone who invokes a “Kings Cross moment,” is a-okay in my book. Nice one guys!