The next instalment in the new True Detective s04 has just aired. Written and directed by Tigers Are Not Afraid director Issa Lopez. Starring Jodie Foster and Kali Reis

I am a little bit shocked to hear that a lot of people ain’t liking S04 of True Detective. Each to their own because I think what we have seen so far is setting us up for something special. Those of you who’re saying this is the best season since Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are right. This is the first time we have got a supernatural storyline since season 1. Not only that, but we now have the same symbol that was featured in the first season which connects them putting them in the same universe. It is like the complete opposite, season one was set in the blistering sun with two male leads. Season 2 is set in the ice with 2 female leads both with a supernatural story that connects both worlds.

The latest episode of True Detective S04 teaches us a bit more about Jodie Foster’s character and how she ended up in the cold hell known as Ennis, Alaska. She was sent to where the sun doesn’t shine for a reason: nothing ever happens there. Now with the discovery of the researchers, she pulls rank just to annoy her superior, whom she has been having an affair with. It seems she is throwing herself into something that got her in trouble in the first place.

The mystery of the researchers keeps getting weirder. Their bodies, all found naked, contorted with the look of excruciating pain on their faces. All of their eardrums have burst as if some high-frequency sounds popped them. To make things even weirder, there are signs of them beginning to bite chunks out of their flesh. Their clothes were all found folded as if it were a mass suicide. So many questions need answering but everything points to something otherworldly.

If we remember in episode 1 when Jodie Foster enters the crime scene. The TV is still on in the background. The Beatles’ Twist & Shout is playing, it is the final scene of the classic 80s comedy Ferris Bueler’s Day Off. When she switches off the television, we see a bunch of DVDs on the shelves. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to notice that one of these DVDs is John Carpenter’s The Thing. It is very much in your face. So, for those of you thinking this has The Thing vibes, then you have thought right.

Okay, as I worked in video stores for so many years, I had a hidden talent of being able to make out DVD covers just from the side of the cover. Everything we see in the camera is there for a reason so I wanted to know what other movies were there as well as The Thing. I am pretty sure one of those movies was Kangaroo Jack…for what reason that is there, I do not know. Also, I have made American Beauty and Spy. Unfortunately, those are the only ones I could make out.

By the end of the latest epsiode, our two very different detectives have finally been thrown together and left with no choice but to work with each other. The spiral symbol connects them and is about to throw them into the fear of the unknown and unexplainable.

We also now have the confirmation that the bearded naked iceman that leads Rose into the darkness was in fact…wait for it! Travis Cohle – that’s right, Rust’s father (Matthew McConaughey from season 1). The spiral symbol also is featured in season 1 as does the name, Tuttle. We now have multiple direct connections to season 1.

I can’t wait to see where they take the story in the next episode. I’m gutted that I caught myself thinking that the whole season was released. Now, I sit waiting like a crackhead for each episode to get released. It is shaping up to be an awesome season of True Detective.

As always, thanks for reading.


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