In lieu of putting up a ton of link-filled posts at once (and to save some time), I’ve compiled previews and links to this weekend’s reviews of Banshee, The Walking Dead, and True Detective below.
And for those wondering what the fuck happened to Girls reviews, don’t worry: they’ll be back next week. Enjoy!
Banshee “The Truth About Unicorns”
I must admit: I’m a sucker for episodes like “The Truth About Unicorns.” Be it The Walking Dead‘s “Clear”, Enlightened‘s “The Weekend,” or The Sopranos “College,” episodes that uproot major characters from their normal environments offer an abundance of avenues for character exploration, a time where overarching plots and dramas can take a seat, and give viewers something to really sink their teeth into. And “The Truth About Unicorns” does not disappoint: not only is the best episode of Banshee‘s second season so far, but arguably the best of the series, giving definition to the reckless, violent man that is Lucas Hood.
The Walking Dead, “After”
In the world of The Walking Dead, every single character we come across has experienced a great loss. A number of them, really: family, friends, community, society… everything that’s taken for granted in life suddenly disappears, the petty dramas of everyday life replaced by the physical struggle to survive, and the internal battle to maintain one’s sanity in a fundamentally broken world. In the aftermath of “Too Far Gone”, “After” pauses to take a good, long look at two deeply traumatized characters as their biggest, deepest fears suddenly come to life, threatening to consume them.
True Detective, “Who Goes There”
Where Marty Hart folds in the face of chaos, Rust Cohle embraces it, kisses it on the lips, and takes it out to dinner. “Who Goes There” not only marks Rust’s journey back into some of the deeper circles of Hell, but a fascinating contrast between Marty and Rust, and how they react when the find themselves in the center of a tornado they can’t control. It’s often said that investigations take on a life of their own: True Detective‘s fourth hour takes that idea to another level, an hour where an obscure lead in an investigation slowly spirals (wink, wink) out of control until the unfiltered chaos of the finale, one of the most exhilarating, anxiety-inducing sequences I’ve ever watched on television (clearly, I’m not the only one who thinks that).