True Detective Pilot Episode Recap: Fight for Your Rite


There’s great detail in True Detective. Just listen to those ice cubes clank against the sides of the glass Louisiana criminal investigator Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) holds as he observes his restful daughter after returning home from a horrific psychosexual murder scene. He’s a fairly collected guy at first blush, but the tension and rage are there, inside that tumbler of what one presumes is whiskey.


His new partner in crime-solving, Rustin “Rust” Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), embodies minutiae, right down to a ledger-full of case notes that have quickly earned him a derogatory precinct nickname: the Taxman. Cohle is haunted by the ghosts of a dead daughter and a crumbled marriage, and those uncorked demons accompany him to the gruesome scene in a field outside of Erath, Louisiana, a Vermillion Parish sugar-cropping town, where he and Hart find the slain body of prostitute Dora Lange, who had been tied up, raped, mutilated, and crowned with deer antlers. His internal pain hints at why he immediately becomes consumed with this unsettling crime and the otherwise unassuming corner of the South that he describes as “somebody’s memory of a town.” Erath is emblematic of how he walks through life.  Read More...


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