Saturday, March 29, 2014

Helix - Dans L'ombre - Initial Reaction

Do you think we'll ever get tired of saying, "I didn't see that coming?"

Not when it comes to Helix and hopefully when season two comes around this mind warping series will keep the good times rolling.  (Along with the the heads!)

I'm going to blog on this season finale in more depth but I wanted to get something out asap because I know the Helix world will be buzzing about his entry both inside and outside the Arctic circle.  I'll be back either Sunday or Monday with a more in depth examination or perhaps just pile on to this one.

*Spoilers*  *Spoilers*  *Spoilers*

This past episode of Helix was titled Dans L'ombre, which loosely translated from the French means, "into or in the shadows or dark."  I had mused on Facebook if this meant one or more of our characters would go over to the dark side or would darkness fall over all?

Oh, I think we got our share of the dark side and it was for all!  Was there anyone smiling by the end of this episode?

Yes, there was.

Who'd a thunk Julia would join the Ilarian mafia? When she kissed Alan near the end, I think Alan should thank his lucky stars it wasn't the kiss of death.  One of the final scenes looked to be a board meeting of the Ilaria corporation and at the head of the table was an empty seat.  "Oh good" I thought to myself, "We're going to see who the big bad is."  In walks Julia.  (I don't suppose they call her Jules at these little get togethers.)

Julia looked resplendent in her red power suit as she strode into the meeting.  She also looked rather pleased with herself.  If you're an optimist you can tell yourself Julia is going to tear Ilaria down from the inside out and she's working one of the great long cons in TV corporate history.

But since Helix is simply dripping like black goo with negativity I'd say she's gone over to the dark side.  Absolute power corrupts absolutely?  And this is after Spencer killed her mother?  She did give Alan the canister and told him to "find her" as she booted him out of the helicopter so she must know he's out there and he has the cure/virus so why isn't Alan dead?

Since they are both in Paris maybe she'll give him an offer he can't refuse

Speaking of the dark side and "I didn't see that coming" Peter's been there all along.

Boy, this guy holds a grudge.  Did Alan smash any of his National Science awards?  Pete's been working with Ilaria all along even to the point of becoming a Vector for them.  What do they have hanging over his head ala Hatake?  Or is he in it to win it?  (Peter is responsible for the destruction of the ABS base with everyone in it.  I'll get to who lives or dies in the next post.)  By the end however he seems to be working with Alan in the shadows.  Did he switch sides again or is he keeping an eye on Alan.  If he's working for Ilaria still, why hasn't he ratted out Alan's whereabouts and have Scythe/Spencer do his dirty work?  Is Julia staying his hand?  (Hope for her after all?)


"Your people have been doing this for centuries with your witch trials and inquisitions" 

So spake Spencer as he made good his escape.  "Your people".  Hmmm, are you and your silver eyed immortals that set apart Spencer?

Did you know, Ilaria is an extinct genus of marsupial of the family Ilariidae, dating from the Late Oligocene of South Australia. Its diet consisted of leaves." ?  So maybe like marsupials, the Immortals really are set apart from the rest of humanity and evolved separately.  This ties in the Willis Hypothesis and the "Age and Area" theory.  Australia is the home to the marsupials where they evolved or mutated given the boundaries or barriers of that island nation.  An interesting parallel this may explain where Ilaria gets its name.  

There was also a Saint Illaria.  I got this from "Feminae: Medieval Woman and Gender index.

  •  The Life of St. Ilaria [translation of a traditional account of St. Ilaria from "Meterikon," Volume 4, Edition of the Sacred Monastery of Panagia of Evros (Alexandroupolis, 1993); the story recounts that Saint Ilaria, the daughter of King Zeno, escaped to Egypt to live as a male ascetic in the desert; her sister, possessed by a demon, was brought to Egypt for healing; Ilaria healed her and was forced to reveal her identity to her father; he rejoiced and regretfully allowed her to return to her life in the desert as the eunuch Ilarion].

Kind of sounds like Julia doesn't it?  What with discovering her father and being two different people now, mortal/immortal and good versus evil.

Okay I'll be back soon with more and Helix will return with a newborn from Sarah.  Silver eyes or no?

(We should all chip in for a "Kiss my Bass" baby cap for the baby shower.)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Helix - What's In The Box?

"Even monsters have their reasons."

Anyone that's scene the movie, "Seven" knows the famous tag line, "What's in the box?"  The harrowing answer turned out to be both stunning and tragic.  I instantly thought of that quote when a box of sorts was revealed to open the latest episode of Helix, "The Reaping," 

Like Chekov's Gun once the box was revealed at the beginning it had better "go off" by the end of the episode.  Boy, did it ever.  Spoilers ensue.

I should mention the quote to start this blog post ("Even monsters have their reasons.") came from an exchange between Sarah Jordan and Julia Walker when they discussed the motivations ranging from people like Hatake to Spencer Chissik aka "The Scythe."  But why bring "The Box" all the way back to ABS?  As leverage for Hatake to give up his research and in doing so, his self?

Certainly it wasn't to leverage Julia, Spencer didn't even know Jane was related to Julia.  Couldn't he have provide Hatake with a video feed or perhaps a body part to convince Hatake to surrender?

Speaking of body parts, did anyone else get the feeling that this particular appendage would grow back for Julia?  She did mention to Hatake in the "Montana bunker" that he was "healing nicely."   A clue perhaps to their amazing recuperative powers?  Of course, we all know this doesn't apply to heads.  Hatake has provided us with a lesson in that.  But how are the two related?  Why fingers and not heads?  If the finger does grow back we will gain some more insight into the nature of the immortals.

But I digress!  Thanks to the opening of the box we've learned that Julia's mother and Hatake's wife is still alive.  I had mused that her head was being kept somewhere but this is even better.  I'm pretty sure Hatake had told us Jane was dead.  If I recall, he had blamed the chained up Gunnar for her death.  Was he lying?  He has proven to be an untrustworthy narrator.  

Jane has obviously aged, thus precluding any notion that she is an immortal.  So this  reveals another demon released from the Pandora's box that was her prison.  Jane being a mortal and having a child is a miracle.  So sayeth Spencer the Scythe.  "A miracle" were the words he used.  Not an abomination mind you, a miracle.

An interesting choice of words.  Apparently Mr. Scythe was impressed.  Does he think of himself a miracle?  It doesn't seem that way.  He did refer to Sutton as his mother but there was no reference that he shared any similarity to Julia.  It makes one wonder if Sutton was his biological mother.  I'm going to go out on a limb and say no.

A similar dynamic played out to start our episode.  Daniel challenged Hatake with the closeness of their family ties.  While Hatake professed his love for Daniel and reiterated that Daniel was his son.  Daniel countered while that may be true he still wasn't of Hatake's blood.  Hatake had no response for that but the hurt was evident on his face.   

Where was the hurt on Spencer's face when he realized his "mother" was dead?  Immortals are not bereft of emotion so where was the anguish from Spencer?  At first I thought being forever 15 had something to do with it but then realized his psychopathic nature was probably more responsible.  (Hanging out with Colombians?  I'm guessing it's the narco-terrorist kind.)  We have a bit of a toss up here.  Either Spencer is incapable of the anguish because of his psychopathic nature or Sutton wasn't his biological mother and believe the latter to be true.

If there is one thing that Helix gets right it is the family dynamic.  I hated to see Daniel go and the heartbreak Hatake displayed looked real.  Fortunately, Meegwun Fairbrother portrays Daniels twin, Tulok, so he isn't necessarily off the show.  I wonder how Hatake will react when he is face to face with Tulok.  I'm sure it will be a powerful scene.

To further the bizarre nature of the family dynamic in Helix we have this video taped scene between Sutton and Hatake that Spencer was viewing.  When Sutton referred to "This abomination" I wasn't so sure she was talking about Julia.  She seems to be holding up one of casings that holds the two strains of the Narvik virus.  The writers seem to be teasing us with what Sutton is actually referring to since both subjects, Julia and the virus, are mentioned in the same breath.  Sutton did use the familiar, "your daughter" to characterize Julia so I'm guessing she thinks the virus is the abomination.

I'm also gratified to see "The Willis Hypothesis" reintroduced.  I hung my hat on that notion as to Hatake's cure for the Immortals and their having to die 10,000 times and or splicing it into the Vectors.  A clue to the nature of his "Willis" work came when Hatake mentioned to Alan, "I have dedicated many lifetimes" to his work.  Many lifetimes of the others he's seen pass him by in his immortality or the many lifetimes he's painfully endured regenerating 10,000 times as Gunnar obliquely referred to?

"Even monsters have their reasons"

So, to get back to my earlier premise, Sarah, I think you just spoke a thousand words (10,000 words?) and revealed the true reasoning behind Hatake's work.  

It's worthy to note in the same exchange between Alan and Hatake the two argued over whether immortality improved humanity.  Alan saw the the obvious downside to that philosophy while Hatkae seem to favor the reverse.  

When Brad Pitt's character implored to Spacey's , John Doe,  "What's in the Box?" he was urged by Morgan Freeman's Somerset not to look.  Because if he did he would change and Doe would win.  Doe did win.  Now that the box has been opened on Helix who will win?

It should be a game changer.  Who will it affect the most?  Hatkae with the revelation his wife is still alive and now being held hostage?  Or Julia now knowing her mother is still with us? 

Odds and Ends.

  • Who is the "He" that Spencer refers to in his digital messaging to start the show?  The one that always gets "the credit."  Don't tell me he has a brother.
  • Hatake was thirteen when he was immortalized?
  • Sarah reiterates she's always wanted to leave her mark on humanity.  Now she has an eternity to do so?
  • The Hawaiian music as the elevator descends and Julia is taken.  So funny.
  • Alan finds the Julia pictures Vector Peter hoarded.  Peter claims not to remember.  Yeah, right.
  • The "Hobson's choice" for Hatake ala Fringe.  A choice where there is no upside or the illusion of choice.  (Choosing between his children. We saw it on an "Arrow" island episode too!)
  • Alan the tactical genius.  I was wondering when he was going to grow a pair.  Well done Alan.

The scene where Alan and Peter fight like brothers.  Again, a real strength of Helix.  So convincing.

The excellent use of reflection when the captured Julia faces her tormentors.  Not only does she see her self but she sees the person she used to be, mortal.

The cured Peter facing up to his actions.  Will this go somewhere in the future?

Sarah rocking the "Kiss My Bass" cap.  Both clever and very funny.  Menaced by Immortals, Vectors and untrustworthy allies.  Sarah shows some real "tude".  As I said in my Facebook post of the same nature. "You go girl!."

One episode to go!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Helix - Black Rain

So,the Immortals are really the undead from another planet that have transcended their ghostly plane to live here on earth but have to die 10,000 time in order to remain immortal and that's why they were looking for a cure from Hatake!

Phew!  Let me catch my breath.  

Do I really believe that?  No, but I recognize the actor, Robert Naylor, that played ghost, Stevie Atkins from SyFy's "Being Human."  So, naturally he must be a ghost from another planet in Helix right?

I'd believe just about anything right now.  Ghostly beings from another plane of existence?  Sure why not.

Do I like that Naylor's character, The Scythe, is an assassin about to reap anyone that gets in his way?  The jury's out on that one but I'm leaning towards not really.  I don't like the shift to the murderous macabre.  Spooky I can take but a bloody Spartacus like turn I don't think I would like.  I love the camp and crazy of Helix but bloodletting for it's own sake I can do without.

Having "The Scythe" on board does raise an interesting question though.  Is his job to keep the Immortal 500 at 500?  I wonder if their immortality also depends on their limited numbers.  As if there can only be 500 because of their limited food supply.  No, that can't be it.  Gunnar said they could sustain temselves with food and water.  We know that isn't in short supply.

His particular "tool of trade" looks ominous though.  The better to lop of heads with and we all know that when an Immortals head is removed that's the ballgame!

Unless the head is saved in a jar of course, then Hatake will bring you back with his miracle cure all that he picked up studying The Willis Hypothesis.

Now that's believable.

I do like the idea that the Immortal 500 has to stay at 500 I just can't figure out why yet.  If true, this may explain the tears Hatake shed during the episode, "Aniqatiga."   He may have been crying because Julia would now be a target of The Scythe because they've gone over their limit.

That doesn't bode well for Sarah.  Now that she is a member of the Silver Eyed Club does that put her on Stevie's, I mean, The Scythe's short list?

Of course, Hatake could have been crying because he now knows Julia will have to die 10,000 times in order to remain immortal as Gunnar explained to us.  What father wouldn't cry for that?

Do you suppose that Julia, Sarah and now Peter will get exempt status from The Scythe because of their hybrid nature, part mortal part immortal?  


Yeah, that probably put them at the top of the list.  Which would mean that The Scythe's real job is to keep the bloodline pure.

That's probably it but I'm holding out hope that the Immortal 500 has to remain at 500.  Sutton got ticked off she found out Hatake had worked on a second virus.  Which would mean the original virus was to eradicate mankind.  Do the 500 need a planet all to themselves?  Is there a resource here they can't share with 7 billion people?  Would the Narvik B virus allow humanity to coexist with the 500?

We have two episodes left the season to find out.

Oops Department.

When the Illaria army was making it's fast (and fake) approach to the ABS base we got a quick glimpse of the satellite antenna.  You can see it in the screen grab immediately above and in the far right side of the frame.

Who fixed that?  Didn't Sergio knock that thing down?  A continuity mistake by the Helix production people?  Did I miss something?

*Spoiler Section*

Don't read if you want to have total surprise for the next Helix episode.

I accidentally found out that by virtue of the internet that Hatake is 500 years old.  This information originally came from the teaser which I had missed.  Oh well.

So what happens when you subtract 500 years from the current timeline? You get the year 1514 which is the time when Ponce de Leon was searching Florida for the fountain of youth.


I said it was a spoiler.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

True Detective - Two Points of Light

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” 

I thought it only fitting that TV's favorite Nihilist should honored with a quote from Nietzsche.  It is especially appropriate because as Rust Cohle reached his moment of triumph he was also reaching what could be defined as his nadir.  In defeating the monster he pursued he was also in danger of becoming that monster.

At the very least, Rust Cohle harbored thoughts of suicide.  In his quest to find "The King in Yellow" or as he is known by his more pedestrian name, Errol Childress, many of us thought that Cohle would also find his own end

I was foremost amongst them.  I felt for sure we had seen the last of Rust Cohle.  His trajectory seemed to be the one of a downward spiral despite his diligence and dedication.  There were many on the internet that felt True Detective betrayed itself with it's "sunny" ending.  How could a series that was so dark in nature be so uplifting in the end?

I for one was relieved at the end.  I had prepared myself for the worst.  It did seem a little odd at first but the more I think about it the more I am able to accept it and agree with it.  This particular post will be in defense of that ending and of Rust Cohle in particular.

Some had guessed correctly this series was one of stories or better yet the stories we told ourselves.  I can't disagree with that but I think this was a tale more of transformation or better yet transcendence.

It's been observed how much Christ like Rust looked as he sat in his hospital bed and as he gazed across the cityscape and out into the stars.

That's close, but I submit instead of a story of resurrection this was more of a story of rebirth.  I don't think Rust came back from the dead.  Instead I think he found the place where he could reject his Nihilism and become transcendent.

It was not for Rust Cohle to display tears but at the end he did.  Rust recounted to Marty the story how he was slipping into the darkness.  As he did he could feel the warmth of love surround him.  It was the love of his daughter he felt and as he was consumed by it he could feel the love of his "Pop" also.

"Darkness take me, yeah" to paraphrase Cohle at this point. He wanted to give in, he wanted he wanted to join them and end it all.

He wanted to let go.

And he did.  At this moment Rust Cohle had reached his moment of transcendence.  He did let go.  He let go of all the pain, all the misery and guilt that held thrall over him for so many years.  Rust cried when his eyes opened.  He felt as though he had lost.

No Rust you won.

He went back into the light and let go of the pain.  I don't think Cohle appreciated it at the time but he was finally free.  What better way to honor the death of his daughter than to keep on living and preserve her memory every waking day.

I suppose the clues were always there in True Detective.  How many allusions, references and images did we get about the stars?  Here is what the foremost transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Ermerson said about the stars.

"If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!  But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile."

Rust Cohle stared into the black firmament that was the series long theme of True Detective and was reborn.  As he said to his friend Marty as they walked away,  "You ask me, light's winning."

Pretty Ironic that TV's foremost Nihilist could become a champion of Transcendentalism. 

  I don't mean to ignore the value of Woody Harrelson's Marty Hart in this piece.  I titled this post, "Two points of Light" because of what the two stars meant to this series.  Two stars, two points of light raging against the dark.  I'm pretty sure we saw Mary and Rust as two falling stars blazing across the night sky only to disappear a moment later.

Instead they endured.  Two points of light that are winning.


 I have this fantasy where in a few years we revisit the work of Detectives Gilbough and Papania.  It will be their series and they will have their own crimes to solve.  But as they pursue their prey we'll see them driving along and if you look real quick you'll see Marty's PI storefront in the background and through the glass will sit Marty and Rust, feet up on their desks, sharing a beer.


You don't like the way True Detective ended?  Maybe you weren't paying attention.  Because it was written in the stars.


Next up, part two of my finale review.  Evocative images and their meaning.



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Almost Human - Is That It?

So is that it?  Our two heroes ride off into the sunset, the best of friends and ready to tackle the next big adventure?

Almost Human hasn't been renewed yet so we may have seen the last of Kennex and Dorian.  It was a nice safe ending and it reminded me of the ending of season four of Fringe when everyone got back together and shared a nice smile.  I'm glad we dodged that bullet back then and I hope we do the same this time.

There are so things left on the table for Almost Human.

First and foremost is the journey of Dorian.  It's no secret that Dorian was my favorite character from this series.  Will his humanity continue to evolve?  What of the pressure of being almost human?  Can he deal with the things he sees or will it lead to a deep depression that affected the other DRN's and led to their suicides?  Can he be happy in his own skin or will prevail upon Rudy to transfer his essence to a clone and live like a real human?  Will humanity continue to shun his ilk and treat them as second class citizens or worse yet, property?

Will Dorian request a mate ala the legend of the Frankenstein story?  With his synthetic soul can he find love there?  What would love like between to "artificials"?

John Kennex has a bit of a journey to explore also.  With his artificial leg he can be seen as "almost human" too.  How will he deal with is trauma?  He constantly fights with being incomplete thanks to his cybernetic leg.  Will remembering his new leg at the Sushi bar mean a sense of closure for him?  How can that ever be when he knows it was his ex-lover that blew his leg off and is a member of a criminal society?  Whatever happened to them?

Why did Captain Maldonado bring John and Dorian together?  How did she know they needed each other?  Why is Dorian good for Kennex?  Did she know of Dorian's history with Rudy Lom?  What was Dorian then and why was he preserved?  Did she have a hand in it?

What are the secrets beyond the wall?  Heck, why is there a wall?  I have a feeling we would have learned many of those secrets when Nigel Vaughn made his return.  What would he bring with him, an army of Dorians with a new version of his synthetic soul?  What is a synthetic soul?  Is it molecular in nature or is it paired with an algorithm made compatible with the essence of intelligence?  How the heck was that done?  There was alot of threads left dangling there.

What of the Almost Human premise in general?  We got a glimpse of how the future world warehoused people in the last episode especially the downtrodden and disaffected?  Is future government so distant from it's people that they make them stand in line for their pill formed sustenance?

Why is everyone so unhappy in the future?  People have turned to "Chroming" themselves and still they are not happy.  Valerie Stahl sought to hide her identity despite her perfection so she could mingle with regular people.  

Why all the memory wipes?  Can't people deal with their pasts anymore?

Are we so unhappy that we sought to make artificial humans and when that didn't work out we sought cloning instead.  What led to the banning of clones?  Was it so horrible that it led to a war?  Is that why the wall is there?

When I started to follow Almost Human I thought the principle narrative was to be all about Dorian and his struggle.  Clearly "Almost Human" applies to mankind's struggle in  a future world in general.  It would be tragic if we don't get to explore this world any further.

Yes, Almost Human lost it's focus as the season wore on.   Too may story lines started and left unfinished.  Thirteen episodes wasn't enough.  Will that lack of focus prove to be it's death knell or will it be the heavy cost of each episode to produce?

Questions, Questions.

I know I didn't do a very good job of answering them.  There was still a long way to go.  But it's not the destination in finding the answers, it's the journey.  Let's hope Almost Human gets too finish it's travels.

Helix - I've Got A Fushigi!

Who didn't have a fushigi in this last episode of Helix?

As I mentioned in my last blog post,"Fushigi" is Japanese for "Secret" and there were many secrets exposed in this most recent episode.  Let's take a look at them by inividual.

Hiroshi Hatake

I'd say he had the biggest secret of them all and no doubt there will be many more to come.  The biggie of this episode?  Immortality.

So we finally learn the secret behind the silver eyes and it is a characteristic of immortality. Why silver?  Who knows, that's another secret.  But the exposure of this secret lays bare the people behind Illaria and as it turns out they number 500.  Or is it 498 if Candace Sutton and Gunnar Mikaelsson are subtracted?  For that matter, should we add Julia Walker to that roster?  Was she an uncounted member of this secret society?  Was Dr. Hvit a memeber?  How may more silver eyed people are out there that are not a part of the Illaria 500?  If there are others are they the children Hatake kidnapped and released into the world?  Is this part of his experimental cure to inhabit the world to counter the 500?

If you were one of the people that backed the "Immortality" theory then you win.  Then again if the 500 (plus or minus a few) turn out to be aliens or vampires then we can all go back to banging out heads against the wall.

Gunnar Mikaelsson

Ol' Gunnar had a secret or two.  First of all his secret was himself!  Next, he exposed the secret of the rift between Jane and Candace and it was his betrayal.  His punishment was to be chained in an arctic subbasement for eternity.  We learned the immortals can survive just about anything as long as they have a certain amount of sustenance.  So why sustain himself?  Why drink the liquid?  Just die.  

Gunnar wanted to die or to be set "free."  So why didn't he hold his breath for more than four minutes?  (I'm kidding.)  The secret to his freedom turned out to be severing his artery.  I suppose that's the secret to keep the Immortals dead and I take it that's why Sutton had to have her head removed and frozen.  To what end though?  If you are shot dead then you regenerate as long as your head is still there?  Or will your head regenerate a body if it is not frozen?

Also revealed here was to live forever means to die 10,000 times.


I wonder if Hatake's work and his involvement in the Willis Hypothesis makes this a much less painful proposition.   That will be interesting to find out.  So why the Vectors then, to prolong humanity?  Is that was Narvik B was for and Narvik A was intended to wipe out humanity?

Peter Farragut

 It looks like Peter had a bit of a secret revealed also and it was his sentience.  Sure he is a bit brutish and is the new leader of the Vector wolf pack, but at least he can talk and think!  So does that make him an enhanced Vector from the Narvik B strain?  Is that what the "water" was for that Hatake gave him in episode one?  If he is a Narvik B enhanced version, then is this the first step acting as a bulwark against the plans of the Immortal 500?  Was this an Hatake quick fix?  Peter's retained his affection for Julia so we know he has his human emotions.  What happens when he meets Julia again?  Silver eyed people don't mix well with Vectors.

Julia Walker

 Does Julia have a secret?  Oh, indeed she does.  She pocketed two vials of the Narvik strains at the end of the episode.  Why?  Because Alan broke her National Science Award all those years ago?  (Maybe just a little.)  I think Julia sees the value in preserving Hatake's work even though it may mean the end of humanity if held in the wrong hands.  That's a big risk.  Apparently she trusts Hatake enough to pursue his work.  I don't doubt she can see herself working with Hatake despite all the hard feelings.  

The bigger secret revealed here is this may be why Hatake pursued her so energetically.  He had to have back in the Arctic in order to work together to perfect his cure.  This may be the point Candace Sutton missed so badly.  Not that they were related per se, but that Julia was the key to finalizing Hatake's cure as a unique test subject!  Whatever she discovers it may involve Peter.  Will he resist?  Are Immortals the genetic enemies to the Vectors.  He loves her but once they lock eyes that may be a different story and provide a huge road block.

Sarah Jordan

Speaking of roadblocks, Sarah's discovery of the secret behind the "Telomeres" and their lengthening was a big one.  No doubt Hatake will make use of her work but will she allow it?  She also discovered a cure for Cancer (or so it seems).  What if the cure for cancer and the Telomere factor for the Vectors or even the Immortals are mutually exclusive.  Sarah may have the upper hand in this but first they'll have to cure her cancer.  Now there is a standoff,  Sarah says, "Cure my Cancer and I'll give you the secret."  Hatake says, "Give us your secret and we'll cure your Cancer."  

I can imagine all eyes turning to Alan.  I don't envy him. 

You'd better come up a Fushigi of your own Dr. Farragut or we're all screwed.

Monday, March 3, 2014

True Detective - "You Know Carcosa?"

"You know Carcosa?"
"Him who eats time."
"Him robes."
"It's a wind of invisible voices."
"Death is not the end."
"Death is not the end."
"You know Carcosa."
"You rejoice."

I found this passage between Miss Dolores and Rust Cohle the most disturbing part of "After You've Gone" the most recent episode of True Detective.

I was aghast that this sweet little old lady could be part of the abomination that was the Tuttle family crime wave of horror.  I initially read her reaction to seeing the Devil's Traps in Rust's book as her complicity in the whole affair.

Imagine, this faithful servant of 19 years to the Tuttles, a family that preyed on children,was associated with such inhuman terror.  If she knew of Carcosa then she knew of the monstrosity the Tuttles embraced in it's name.

Then I remembered this woman was of a different time.  Where the man was the lord of his manor, where "extended" families weren't outside the norm and all were welcome inside the home no matter how different they were of each other.

A time when Madi Gras held different meaning, where Santeria still held sway and the occultist trappings of Carcosa and the King in Yellow were seen as true in the backward bygone marshes and swampland of Louisiana.  A place that existed and exists out of time from the rest of the world.

A place from which civilization averted it's eyes.

Rust Cohle had this place pegged on his map.  He found a preponderance of missing women and children were from the bayou and swampland area of Louisiana.  Hell, they should do a study on how many disappeared from there.

Back in '05, the hurricanes, the time of Katrina that place was easy pickings for people such as the Tuttles.  Many went missing and they stayed that way.  The government averted it's eyes, stayed aloft in presidential aircraft and left the people of the bayou to fend for themselves.  

A place where the bad men weren't there to keep the other bad men from the door.

Rust Cohle left the door unguarded for eight years.

Martin Hart did the same.

When the door is left unguarded, the unthinkable happens on the other side.

The children of Sam Tuttle inherited this place and they were kings.

I think this speaks a great deal to how True Detective will finish for this season.  The eyes of men and man were averted from the horror but now they have returned.  We've often seen on TV where the penultimate episode of a series is the masterpiece of the season. It seems True Detective has saved the best for last as this most recent episode was mostly procedural in nature.


The cycle needs to be broken for the two men that once stood by the door so they can have closure.

I believe they will find this closure and the King in Yellow will be toppled from his throne.  This triumph will be at a personal level and there will be a certain satisfaction to its conclusion.  Rust and Marty will know they've ended this cycle and brought to justice by any means necessary this demon and their demons.

But what of the bigger picture?  This is what True Detective has been trying to tell us.

There will still be the swamplands and bayous.  There is still the gulf coast and it's hurricanes.  There will still be a place where good men avert their eyes and the bad men are on both sides of the door.  Like the "lawnmower man " said, his family has been there for a long, long time.

It's an endless cycle.

Rust and Marty will get their man.  But the realization that the evil, "after you've gone" will continue will be too much.  One man has been disposed of but another will take his place.  It's a flat circle.

For Rust, to end this cycle on a personal level will be satisfying but it will also provide a means to his own end.   His own personal misery must end and when the King falls so will he too.  Knowing Rust Cohle, it will be calculated.

For Marty, I hope the end brings closure to his self denial.  Will it be too late too embrace the family he lost?  Can he start a new life dedicated to winning back their love if not as a whole but at least in part?

True Detective ends next Sunday but returns next year.  Evil will return also, as will the new men and women who will remain true to their cause.

And stand by the door.