April 24, 2024

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True Detective: Night Country “Part 6”

Season Four Finale

OK, let me say up front:  as much as I’ve liked this season, I really didn’t need the fan service moment when a crazed suspect said time was a flat circle.  I mean, it’s nice to try and connect the seasons and all with a different writer/director working on this one, but the line didn’t work for me.

So, to be clear, the season didn’t quite answer every question, but for me, it answered enough.  Was there something supernatural going on?  I don’t entirely know, but I do know that there had to be some explanation for the fact every time Liz went to the lab, the same loud scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was playing.  I’d be ripping that DVD player out of the wall too.

OK, here’s the thing:  the mystery on True Detective is arguably not as interesting as the interactions between the different main characters.  Rust and Marty’s interaction was where most of the fun was, anchored by great performances by the actors.  Season two didn’t quite have that, and season three had Mahershala Ali arguably interacting with himself.  I wouldn’t stack Liz and Navarro as a great pair, but they mostly worked well off each other, and this season did try to expand the scope to give other characters something to do.  Peter Prior may have finally found a balance in his life between work and family once everything is over, and even if his gullible (and corrupt) dad is dead and gone, Peter seems like he’s going to be OK, as is Liz, the town with the mine closed, and maybe even Navarro depending on how you read her fate.

I had predicted, it should be noted, that the mine was responsible for what was happening and not something supernatural.  I think I was mostly right.  This season was female-focused, so maybe the mine executive that appeared briefly may have been a woman, but the men in the research station were all men, and probably unsurprisingly, they were the ones who killed Annie K, mostly due to the fact that she found out their research into ancient microbes, research where they already covered for the mine, required them to ask the mine to put out even more hazardous chemicals.  Her boyfriend, who was still alive when the episode started, was the one who finished her off while trying to calm her down because, really, he sucks.  The men all suck.  No one will be arrested for their murder because, well, it sure looks like they had it coming.

Especially because the elements probably did kill them.  The closest they had to killers were the cleaning women, most of the indigenous, some of them victims to domestic abuse, showed up one night with rifles, herded the men into a truck, forced them to disrobe, and shooed them onto the ice where most of them died.  The story, as presented, was frightening for the men, rousing for the women, and those guys had what was coming to them.

Plus, I like how stories like this, as is often the case in real life, point out that people who do the cleaning up in the background probably see and hear a lot.

Anyway, Liz and Navarro conclude justice is served, and the lone survivor of the attack (who himself walked out and froze to death) did leave a confession behind to get the mine closed.  Is that justice?  Not in the sense that someone needed to be arrested, but the state and the mine were already working to get the scientists’ deaths declared accidents, so why not stick with it?

Anyway, I was mostly satisfied with this one.  It wasn’t as good as season one (what is?), but I would put it just below season three, and I really liked season three.

But now, I need another Tuesday show.  I still have a bunch of Tuesdays shows that came back, so I think I better go with one.

You know what?  I’m doing Black Mirror again next.

I mean, I just know I have no plans to ever go back to American Horror Story.