Ok, first, I'm no weapons expert, and I wouldn't know buckshot from grape nuts cereal, or birdshot, either, but the point is that kudos to True Detective, that was an excellent feint. And while we're at it, the impersonator was apparently of Conway Twitty - not Elvis - but the two are pretty similar, anyway, and throw in Conrad Birdie there, too. And one of other thing: the scene in Blue Velvet was a lip synch (not technically an impersonation) - Roy Orbison's voice coming out of Dean Stockwell's mouth - and so, it maybe seems, was "The Rose" in TD.
Interestingly, Blue Velvet's David Lynch was supposed, until recently, to be producing a new slew of Twin Peaks episodes, until he bowed out, so it was especially gratifying to see this Lynchian bow to his work at the beginning of last night's True Detective. As was the case last year, part of what makes True Detective so appealing is not the storyline per se, but the ambience via which it is presented. Hey, let's be honest. It is the shimmering water color ambiguous ambience that truly makes True Detective what it is - like no other show on television, by a long shot, in the combination of its searingly misty imagery and mix of sound and music.
But the story's developing well, particularly at this point with Frank, who is a suitably complex racketeer, able to dish out a beat-down to an associate who foolishly bad mouths him, and take note that Ray is off his booze, drinking just water. Frank is the too obvious source of the shotgun blasts on Ray - putting someone up to it - but why do that, to frighten Ray? And the rounds are police issue, which presumably Frank could acquire, but why, to distance Ray further from the police? More likely the shooter is connected more directly to the police, or to Ray's paternity, or some combination.
Frank is not yet as interesting as Tony Soprano, but he's off to a good start, as is True Detective this second season.
See also Season Two: True Detective: All New ... True Detective 2.2: Pulling a Game of Thrones
And see also Season One: True Detective: Socrates in Louisiana ... True Detective Season One Finale: Light above Darkness
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