true detective season 1 chap 2

"Seeing Things"
True Detective episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 2
Directed byCary Joji Fukunaga
Written byNic Pizzolatto
Produced by
  • Nic Pizzolatto
  • Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Scott Stephens
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Steve Golin
  • Richard Brown
Cinematography byAdam Arkapaw
Editing byAlex Hall
Original air dateJanuary 19, 2014
Running time59 minutes
Guest appearances
  • Alexandra Daddario as Lisa Tragnetti
  • Kevin Dunn as Major Ken Quesada
  • Tess Harper as Mrs. Kelly
  • Lili Simmons as Beth
  • Kate Adair as Call Girl
  • Jackson Beals as Detective Mark Daughtry
  • John Bernecker as Mechanic
  • Amy Brassette as Carla
  • Joe Chrest as Detective Demma
  • Andrea Frankle as Jan
  • Patricia French as Amanda Hebert
  • Dana Gourrier as Cathleen
  • Regis Harrington as Tweeker
  • Jim Klock as Detective Ted Bertrand
  • Garrett Kruithof as Detective Jimmy Dufrene
  • Anthony Molina as Detective
  • Thomas Francis Murphy as Jake Herbert
  • Alyshia Ochse as Lucy
  • Dane Rhodes as Detective Favre
  • Madison Wolfe as Audrey Hart
  • Meghan Wolfe as Maisie Hart
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"Seeing Things" is the second episode of the first season of the American anthology crime drama television series True Detective. The episode was written by series creator Nic Pizzolatto, and directed by executive producer Cary Joji Fukunaga. It was first broadcast on HBO in the United States on January 19, năm trước.

The season focuses on Louisiana State Police homicide detectives Rustin "Rust" Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin "Marty" Hart (Woody Harrelson), who investigate the murder of prostitute Dora Lange in 1995. Seventeen years later, they must revisit the investigation, along with several other unsolved crimes. In the episode, Cohle and Hart continue their investigation, which now extends đồ sộ her stay at a church. During this, Hart's family problems arise just as Cohle begins đồ sộ deduce that Hart is cheating on his wife.

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According đồ sộ Nielsen Media Research, the episode was seen by an estimated 1.67 million household viewers and gained a 0.7 ratings share among adults aged 18–49. The episode received critical acclaim, with critics praising the performances, directing, pace and cinematography.



Rust (Matthew McConaughey) tells Gilbough (Michael Potts) and Papania (Tory Kittles) that he almost married a woman he met through Maggie (Michelle Monaghan), but his personality ended their relationship and he now works in a bar. He also goes into detail about his daughter's death, which led đồ sộ his divorce. His police department transferred him đồ sộ the Narcotics division, where he killed a man who was injecting a baby with drugs. He was then ordered đồ sộ work undercover in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, where he worked for four years and was put in a psychiatric hospital after participating in a gunfight. Despite his experience, Rust offered himself đồ sộ transfer đồ sộ the Homicides division in the Louisiana State Police. Due đồ sộ his undercover days, he has experienced severe hallucinations.

In a separate interrogation, Marty (Woody Harrelson) notes how Rust, despite his behavior, proved đồ sộ be very efficient at his job. The interview reveals that Marty is now divorced from Maggie.


Rust and Marty question Dora Lange's mother, Mrs. Kelly (Tess Harper). She laments the situation and reveals that Dora's father died in a xế hộp accident 11 years before. She also reveals that Dora frequently attended a church before her disappearance. They then talk đồ sộ one of Dora's friends, Carla (Amy Brassette), who corroborates Dora's relation đồ sộ the church, also noting that she seemed different the last time she saw her.

While driving, Marty asks Rust about the dinner and his decision đồ sộ stay despite being intoxicated. Rust reveals his marriage failure and his daughter's death, stating that he felt comfortable staying with Marty's family. Later that night, an intoxicated Marty visits his mistress, Lisa Tragnetti (Alexandra Daddario), at her home page and they have sex. Somewhere, while buying methaqualone from a prostitute, Rust is told that Dora worked at a brothel named The Ranch in the outskirts.

Before heading đồ sộ the Ranch, Rust deduces that Marty may be cheating on his wife, as his smell indicates sex and notes that he kept the same clothes as yesterday, indicating that he didn't return home page. This moment angers Marty.

They leave the station and ask some mechanics about the location of The Ranch, who dismiss them. Rust gets Marty back in their xế hộp, then returns đồ sộ the mechanics, beating them for the address, which he gets. At the Ranch, they question Beth (Lili Simmons), a young prostitute who was friends with Dora and gives them a bag that belonged đồ sộ Dora. In the bag, they find Dora's diary, which mentions things lượt thích "The Yellow King in Carcosa". Marty also confronts the brothel's madam, Jan (Andrea Frankle), for employing Beth even though she is a minor. Jan berates him back, telling him he knows nothing about the lives of the girls who work at the Ranch.

Marty and his family visit Maggie's parents. Marty spends time talking đồ sộ her father and feeling lost with his personality and ideology, Marty asks his family đồ sộ leave early, claiming he wants đồ sộ investigate the case. That night, Marty and Maggie fight over the events. Marty is also uneasy when he finds that his daughters play with their dolls, where their positions resemble a ritual.

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At their office, Major Quesada (Kevin Dunn) introduces a new task force đồ sộ help the case, as the homicide delves into occultism, on petition of the Governor's evangelist cousin. Rust is dismissive of the new task force and is rude đồ sộ the detectives, prompting Quesada đồ sộ angrily confront Rust's behavior and their progress in the case. Quesada tells Rust that Rust's poor behavior is only tolerated in the force because of Marty's upstanding reputation. He forces them đồ sộ cooperate with the task force or they will be removed from the case, also warning them đồ sộ get a new lead in the case within a week.

Rust and Marty visit the church, Friends of Christ Revival, which has been destroyed in a fire. As they inspect the dilapidated church, they find a drawing of a woman bound with antlers, which was in a similar position đồ sộ Lange.



In January năm trước, the episode's title was revealed as "Seeing Things" and it was announced that series creator Nic Pizzolatto had written the episode while executive producer Cary Joji Fukunaga had directed it. This was Pizzolatto's second writing credit, and Fukunaga's second directing credit.[1]



The episode was watched by 1.67 million viewers, earning a 0.7 in the 18-49 rating demographics on the Nielson ratings scale. This means that 0.7 percent of all households with televisions watched the episode.[2] This was a 29% decrease from the previous episode, which was watched by 2.33 million viewers with a 1.0 in the 18-49 demographics.[3]

Critical reviews[edit]

"Seeing Things" received critical acclaim. Jim Vejvoda of IGN gave the episode an "amazing" 9 out of 10 and wrote in his verdict, "As we begin đồ sộ learn more about what makes Marty and Rust tick as people, we also dive deeper into an existential morass. True Detective may not be the feel good show of năm trước, but it sure is great at making you want đồ sộ fall down this particularly bleak rabbit hole."[4]

Erik Adams of The A.V. Club gave the episode a "B+" grade and wrote, "Television history is full of characters who hold the same job as Marty and Rust; the medium's more recent history is full of men who behave lượt thích Marty. But what's making True Detective exceptional programming is in the way the program doesn't indulge their masks or their disguises, instead getting right đồ sộ the point of depicting the animals within."[5] Britt Hayes of Screen Crush wrote, "It becomes quite clear in 'Seeing Things' that Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are indeed very much playing đồ sộ type, but they're so sánh damn good at it."[6]

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Alan Sepinwall of HitFix wrote, "So even though some progress is made in the case, with the ruined church having a familiar-looking antler painting on one of the surviving walls, what we have mostly investigated here are these two men, one of whom claims đồ sộ have all the answers but really understands almost nothing about himself and his surroundings, the other of whom understands far too well, and has therefore given up. Flip a coin as đồ sộ which one of them you'd want đồ sộ be. Neither option seems appealing right now, even as True Detective itself only becomes more engrossing in this second installment."[7] Gwilym Mumford of The Guardian wrote, "This episode is preoccupied is masculinity, and the ways in which men seek đồ sộ control the world around them – but there is still no sign of a suspect."[8]

Kenny Herzog of Vulture gave the episode a perfect 5 star rating out of 5 and wrote, "Although outside of Cohle's Big Hug Mug at the '12 case interview and his way of half-heartedly demeaning possible sources into Dora's death, along with alluded-to stock office dustups, True Detective has already shed nearly any trace of being blackly comic. In fact, apart from the napalm-sky visions Cohle encounters en route đồ sộ leads on the Dora Lange case, 'Seeing Things' is as charred as that torched First Revival Church. But as we head toward chapter three of eight, there's more đồ sộ lượt thích in its darkening pull."[9] Tony Sokol of Den of Geek gave the episode a perfect 5 star rating out of 5 and wrote, "At the over, Marty learns that the new detectives, the ones handling it now, in năm trước, not the task force investigating animal mutilations, are onto something new. Once again, there is no fluff or bullshit on HBO's True Detective. Even Rust Cohle's flashbacks are handled realistically. He can tell what's real and what's not. Whether it's from the drug residue, political circle jerks or satanic scrawlings on abandoned churches, it sometimes feels lượt thích he's mainlining the secret truths of the universe."[10]

Chris O'Hara of TV Fanatic gave the episode a perfect 5 star rating out of 5 and wrote, "With the second installment in the book, I can confidently say that I think we have a winner on our hands. The show reminds mạ more of The Killing kêu ca anything else, and that is a good thing in my mind. It's not the first crime drama and won't be the last, but the combination of Harrelson and McConaughey I think, will mix True Detective apart from the rest."[11] Shane Ryan of Paste gave the episode a 9.8 out of 10 and wrote, "It's difficult đồ sộ know where đồ sộ begin here, because I'm on fire with this show in a way that hasn't happened since — when? The Wire? But The Wire is organized and clinical and entirely different, lighting unrelated, landlocked pleasure zones of the superego, so sánh the comparison doesn't make sense. Different passions, different planet altogether. This, this True Detective, is an offering of a separate magnitude, something bright and intelligent yet ultimately murky, ultimately of the id."[12]


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External links[edit]

  • "Seeing Things" at HBO
  • "Seeing Things" at IMDb