Small town dude moves to big city.
@Danzig! We may never know for sure who the Yellow King is but I know who the Elfin Queen is
@meetapossum It's one of those things they lean on the setting heavily for - I mean, the Yellow King cult is basically a bacchanalia club for rich old families that draws heavily from the pageantry of Mardi Gras. It's an ivy frat in a bucolic setting. For all we know, the younger Childress (and his acid damaged buddies) was the only one who actually believed in the occult hokum.
@Lauren_O'Neal right, the Yellow King cult was made up of a number of venerable families, the Childresses were the Boltons of this particular setting. Or at least that's what I assumed.
It felt kind of flat, to be honest, and not just because we had 40 minutes of Silence of the Lambs (or Home via the X-Files, as many have compared it to). The show had my interest as an oblique critique of masculinity - Marty with his expectation that he receive a very specific kind of life from other people regardless of how he treats them, and Rust with his detached and overripe intellectualism that's ultimately self-serving. What I'd said in earlier comment sections was that the show needed to show an ambivalence toward its characters and not have them redeemed through their work (as ugly professionals in Sorkin shows constantly are, for example). For awhile there it was kind of like Girls, a show in which the audience is clued into its characters' self-delusion and -justification in a way they themselves can never quite grasp.
The resolution of the mystery didn't matter so much to me - as others have said, in itself it was largely of ancillary concern to the show - but all things being equal we get a relatively positive ending, with Rust having a profound spiritual experience and Marty apparently (finally) realizing his responsibility for the emptiness of his life. We don't know if this is a turning point for either of them, but it still felt like redemption out of step with what felt like skepticism from earlier episodes. I'd feel a lot more down about it were the performances not uniformly excellent. Matt McC's halfway to an EGOT at this point.
@chickpeas akimbo I THINK the implication was that the systematic abuse of children was the work of the Tuttles' pedo death cult but the murders were the work of the Childress family. Not all the children from Light of the Way were killed. Lange was killed presumably because she was picked and groomed by Ledoux.
Or that yeah, the Yellow King cult had been killing young women for a long time and it was just Errol's personal murder projects that were ostentatious.
Well I guess we can know who to expect to head up Tru Detective S2.
Never thought we'd see such nerds in charge of this site, even provisionally. Michelle is obvs cool, but Lauren O'Neal?? What a geek. For shame
@Danzig! whoops, that was supposed to be "but that's beyond my faculties as a critic". So is writing blog comments, fwiw.
@mlle.gateau Maybe it's just me, but I don't get the sense that Rust really cares about the victims of violence to any great extent. There's that line he has in the first episode about "programming" (which I guess you could read as being broadly thematic to the show but that's), and that sort of detachment really defines him as a character. His skill as a detective is in large part tied to his detachment, right? He was undercover 4x as long as he should have been, he casually tears into his interrogation suspects (and worse). I mean, Rust is the guy who pursues the case but he only ever talks about their relationship to it in terms of principle ("debt" and all that), as opposed to empathy. I don't recall him ever expressing empathy for the victims. He certainly doesn't give a shit about any of the people he interviews. It's a puzzle to him, he's like the main character of Sherlock minus all of that Moffatt schmaltz.
A big part of Nussbaum's critique is that the main characters are meant to be heroic, and that has to be true - while the show is clearly critical of Marty's bullshit masculine delusions, shows about masculinity can critique it about as well as war movies can critique war. But at the same time, this isn't a Sorkin show, Marty and Rust aren't redeemed by their commitment to the case (nor do I think the "bad men keeping bad men from the door" line should be taken at face value). It's just something they do. They're both lost. Then again, maybe I'm full of shit!
@adorable-eggplant Shamu 2, in the flesh. Got him yesterday.
This was my day