True Detective Episode 1 & 2 Reviews


True Detective – Episode 1 & 2 Reviews “The Great War and Modern Memory” & “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”

True Detective Season 3 finally is here! HBO treated us to a double-header Sunday night, and fans are eating it up. Mahershala Ali is on fire, the spookiness is back, and Stephen Dorff’s wig is absolutely criminal.

Run down our list of suspects and dig deep into the meanings behind Wayne Hays’ memories. We compare the clear links between this season and the West Memphis Three and toss around some tinfoil about the clues fans spotted in the first two episodes.

The Shat on TV crew also applauds some standout performances and artistic decisions before The King Bee asks the question on everyone’s mind: Would you rather be convicted of a crime you didn’t commit or be fatally stricken by a bus?

True Detective fan mail from listeners Ashley and Mitch cover the meaning behind the Robert Penn Warren poem being read by Amelia and high hopes for Season 3.

Have a listen and write us at to let us know what you think.

Episode 1: The next installment tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

Episode 2: Hays looks back at the aftermath of the 1980 Purcell case, including possible evidence left behind at an outdoor hangout for local kids; as attention focuses on two conspicuous suspects, the parents of the missing children receive a cryptic note.

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  1. Caterpillargirl says:

    So, this is something that I haven’t seen brought up anywhere (and I’ve been looking). In regards to the town West Finger…as a local, I happened to notice that this is the only town name in the area that has been changed. The town being referenced is actually called West Fork. Now, I’ve seen a lot of locals thinking the reason for the change is simply a nod to WM3. If that were the case, Finger doesn’t make sense either. If one were trying to reference that you’d come up with West M something.

    What I haven’t seen mentioned is the author Charles Finger. Since The writer lived and went to school in Fayetteville, I would find it odd if he didn’t encounter this name. Finger was a prolific writer who lived in the area (a big enough figure that there is a park and road named after him). Thinking of obscure literary references running through season 1, I would be surprised if there wasn’t another reference. He has said that this season was specifically written to set and reference Fayetteville and the surrounding areas.

    Also, I work at a junior high…there are definitely tiny 8th grade boys. You have some that haven’t hit a growth spurt and some that look like men. It’s definitely a strange age group.

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