TV Club: True Detective: “Other Lives”

If we’re supposed to treat the first two seasons of True Detective as distinct organisms, a pair of unique stories that nonetheless share a creator, a tone, and a general subject matter, that notion receives its strongest challenge in “Other Lives.” The lead story of the episode is a little bit of history repeating: Just as season one followed the demise of Reggie Ledoux with some fast forwarding and second guessing, season two jumps forward from the so-called “Vinci massacre” to start raising questions of its own. The circumstances are strikingly similar, but following the first rounds of True Detective and Fargo, the surprise of “Other Lives” is muted. And with the same thing happening at the same point in the season, it’s almost as if the episode is arguing for a do-over on a signature element of season one.

Even without the helpful TV and radio guideposts …

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