guruilla » Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:05 pm wrote:Finding a way to bring this bunch of soul-burned losers into contact with the agents of Plutocracy would have been a hell of a coup, because really, the two worlds never meet, do they? I think if it showed more about why Frank couldn't get access to the upper ranks and what he would have to do, become, to do so, and how that turned him against the power he was aspiring to gain and aligned him more with Ray (back when he was fully broken), in powerlessness, that would have been way more interesting. And if they were just trying to find out what was going on, without trying to bust it open or stop it (admitting defeat from the start), that might make it more plausible that they could gain some access.
Great points. I was talking with my watching buddy about the fact that Velcoro would more likely be killed for leaving the fold while knowing as much as he does. "No person, no problem," as a great moral philosopher once observed.
Part of what made S1's final arc credible was the fact Marty had retired on good terms and Cohle was human waste; neither could be taken seriously enough to constitute a threat on the radar screens that really mattered.
I'm less skeptical about the "Dysfunction Avengers" aspect. Katherine Davis -- aka Kamala Harris -- has proven herself to be a cunning manipulator, and she knows that the ultimate meat hook holding these three characters together is the shootout they survived. When that doesn't prove to be enough, she moves straight for the jugular, making an impossible promise to keep Velcoro and his son together.
I also agree that the drug binge was "more Tarantino than Lynch" but felt it was appropriate, since he's processing and accepting what is probably the single best decision we will see Raymond Velcoro make on this show: giving up his son.