TV Review: True Detective Series 3, Episode 2. “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.”

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye continues the strong form of the first episode, continuing to hook viewers and present more questions than answers, as all good mysteries should.

We got to see a bit more of Brett Woodward (Michael Greyeyes) and the father, Tom Purcell, (Scoot McNairy) in the duration of this episode. This episode does a fantastic job of allowing the audience to emphasise with Tom and understand the hardships he is going through, culminating in the confrontation at his workplace where you understand to what extent this event has had on his life. We also get to find out more about Brett’s backstory and mindset, something which I imagine is going to play a part later on in the series. As well as these two, we get an inkling on how this case is having an effect on the wider community, as they begin to live in fear and day-to-day life begins to change. There is one scene with an empty school bus which is shot brilliantly and perfectly captures how scared this community is, no words or dialogue are needed, this visual cue is all the viewer needs to get a sense of the situation, it’s excellent television.

The “Hays and West” partnership, as I’m now dubbing it, also get’s ample opportunity to grow and their chemistry is more apparent than it was in the previous episode. Although West does appear to be the more aggressive out of the two, we also got to see more of the alluded dark side that Hays possesses, namely in the interrogation scene with suspect Ted LaGrange, although he doesn’t actually throw any punches, he’s just as threatening as his more direct partner, delivering a monologue about jail to LaGrange that will undoubtedly unsettle the toughest of audiences. Hays is certainly not one to be messed with, and I look forward to seeing how much further he will go in the pursuit of justice.

For the most part, however, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye ticks along without giving us too much new information. We’re given tidbits in all three timelines that allow us as an audience to speculate, but it’s too early to be able to piece things together and see where the red herrings are in this case. The character development is good and you leave the episode wanting to find out more, by now the audience is fully committed, which at this stage in the story is all we really need. It might not be as solid as the series opener, but it’s damn close, and it’s still early days. I’m still fully confident that this season is going to be another gem from Nic Pizzolatto.

I give Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye a 7.5/10. 

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