TV Review: True Detective (2×06) “Church in Ruins”

July 31, 2016 – 11:46 pm

truedetective206cfNo show knows how to double down and hit hard quite like True Detective.

“Church in Ruins” picks up right where we left off as Ray (Colin Farrell) bangs down the door of Frank (Vince Vaughn) after discovering the man who raped his wife is still alive and the man Frank told him about was not the rapist. The two sit at Frank’s kitchen table, cups of coffee on top and concealed pistols pointed at each other underneath. Ray thinks Frank gave him the wrong information just to have a cop under his thumb, but Frank insists he was given bad information and will track down the guy who gave Frank the wrong name. A bit calmer but still seething, Ray tells Frank about the prostitute that stole and pawned some of Caspere’s belongings. He also mentions the crazy sex parties hosted by one of Frank’s guys, Blake, and mayor Chessani’s son. Frank wants Ray to find the hard drive that was missing from Caspere’s secret sex house, due to a corporate big shot believing there to be some unflattering footage of certain powerful dignitaries on there.

Ray will do his best, but his personal life continues to circle the drain. Visits with his son now come with a court-ordered supervisor, who (to Ray’s annoyance) scribbles down every little thing that goes on during the meeting. After realizing his son isn’t as into building model airplanes as he is (if his son ever was to begin with), Ray starts to see less and less of himself in his son. Responding like a mature adult, Ray downs booze and snorts cocaine in frustration, eventually calling his ex-wife and admitting defeat by not contesting custody. His one condition is that if his ex takes the paternity test and discovers the rapist is the father and not Ray, that their son can never find out.


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  • avatar How do detectives on TV shows gather so much personal information? Is this true, false or an exaggeration?
    • Police and medical shows are notorious for cramming what would be weeks/months of work in the real world into a couple of days TV time.
      You are right that the police don't have an enormous computer that you just type a name into and everything you ever wanted to know about someone just appears.  In real life, you have to find that stuff and make a case that you need access to it via warrants etc.
      But a cop show that actually showed you how detectives work would be so mind-numbingly boring that no one would watch.  Good detective work is hard but not terribly exciting to watch.