A phrase Liz Danvers (Jodie Foster) said over and over throughout “Nightland” was about asking the “right” questions. Ostensibly, this means encouraging fellow officers like Peter Prior (Finn Bennett) or Navarro to think outside the box and follow the right clues that will (theoretically) lead to the final solution. But viewers can certainly interpret this as a challenge straight from the fourth wall, daring us to find evidence worth paying attention to as opposed to dead ends that lead nowhere. The problem now is to figure out which side of the cliff this clue about the spiral belongs to.
In episode 3, a car ride conversation between Navarro and Danvers (which I’m back to a beloved season 1 trope) revealed his different views on science and faith. In one of the series’ standout lines of dialogue, Danvers hilariously characterizes any of her partner’s supernatural beliefs as “‘voodoo, ET, cosmic, chupa-lupa bulls***’ and it’s totally not worth pursuing.” So, with this badly grounded explanation for the spiral, has “Night Country” showrunner Issa López dropped some news that will prove Danvers’ worldview is, in fact, correct? This seems to be the direction episode 5 is heading in… right up until the moment when Prior is forced to kill his father Hank (John Hawkes), allowing Navarro and Danvers to follow that lead wherever it leads.
After all, there’s reason to believe that the spiral, Annie K.’s murder, and the fate of the Tsalal Station scientists all hinge on something disturbingly human. But since when did “True Detective” become this simple? The finale could shake everything up again.
“True Detective: Night Country” is currently streaming on Max.