The World We Deserve

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Table of Contents

Season 1


The World We Deserve – 101 – The Long Bright Dark
In this episode, we experiment with a different podcast format, aiming for a less recappy, more conversational feel. We discuss our relationship with the show, Marty and Rust’s partnership, and the shows themes and religious imagery. Don’t miss our final segment, “Smelling the Pyschosphere”, which aims to cover the prevalent fan theories and pick out important details of each episode in a spoiler free way. We probably won’t consider feedback for season one, as these episodes were all recorded in advance, but we’d love to hear what you think, and what you’re looking forward to with season two!

The World We Deserve – 102 – Seeing Things
Jim and A.Ron get further into the world of True Detective, as we start hallucinating birds, investigating seedy white trash mobile homes of ill repute, and explore new leads in the murder of one Dora Lange.

The World We Deserve – 103 – The Locked Room
Jim and A.Ron delve once again into the dark world of True Detective, this time navigating the rough waters of episode 103, “The Locked Room”… We discuss Marty’s rage issues, a possible connection with the flood/murder victim Rianne Olivier, which leads us to one Reggie Ledoux, as well as a philosophical discussion of Rust and…

The World We Deserve – 104 – Who Goes There
Jim and A.Ron dissect what might be the most pulse pounding hour of television ever, as Rust deploys talents and skills he earned in years of high intensity undercover narcotics work.

The World We Deserve – 105 – The Secret Fate of All Life
Rust and Marty engage in a high stakes shootout at a drug compound and wind up heroes. Will Marty and Rust find peace? Jim and A.Ron discuss. Support Bald Move: Amazon | Club Bald Move Supporting images for “Smelling the Psychosphere” Rust’s yellow crowns Is Rust being “framed”? Another hint that Marty’s daughter may be pivotal…

The World We Deserve – 106 – Haunted Houses
In this episode of 106 of HBO’s True Detective series, “Haunted Houses”, Maggie gets dirty, Rust goes off the reservation, and Marty throws down. Support Bald Move: Amazon | Club Bald Move Supporting evidence for Smelling the Psychosphere The Lawnmower Man vs the Green Eared Spaghetti Monster Psyche hospital mural vs Marty’s Painting Jim’s Tuttle Cross…

The World We Deserve – 107 – After You’ve Gone
In this episode of 107 of HBO’s True Detective series, “After You’ve Gone”, Marty watches a video, Rust consults for his former partner’s investigative agency, and Marty goes fishing with an old co-worker.

The World We Deserve – 108 – Form and Void
In this episode of 108 of HBO’s True Detective series, “Form and Void”, Rust and Marty visit Carcosa, make peace with their families, and consider whether the Light is winning the war against Darkness.


Season 2


The World We Deserve – Season 2 Preview
Season 2 is almost upon us and we’ve read other people’s reviews of the first 3 episodes, which means we’re 100% equipped to judge the season as a whole.

The World We Deserve – 201 – The Western Book of the Dead
After seeing the premiere, Jim & A.Ron are lukewarm on the premiere but still on board and ready for the dots to connect. The psychosphere is a little more subtle but still in full effect. Check out the podcast for our thoughts, your feedback and a big ol’ sniff of that LA smog psychosphere.

The World We Deserve – 202 – Night Finds You
Supporting Information for the Psychosphere Image of the bird masks featured in the 1963 film “Judex” that is now available on Hulu Plus. Animal masks in the “snuff house” Therapist’s boots The Raven’s boots Raven-esque art in therapist’s office Luna Park in Ass-Pen’s house The real Luna Park…

The World We Deserve – 203 – Maybe Tomorrow
A.Ron said that he rented a bungalow somewhere so he’s out of town this week which means we have an abridged version of the Psychosphere. Also, the episode didn’t give us much to go on. But it does still have a lot of great stuff to talk about and we cover a good chunk of it.

The World We Deserve – 204 – Down Will Come
Pyschosphere Supporting Info. Blue vs Pink Cupcakes. Are those the same watches? Eliot Bezzerides has Kali Ma over his shoulder, hmm…

World We Deserve – 205 – Other Lives
True Detective pushes the reset button on our group of investigators in this week’s episode, “Other Lives”. We discuss our increasing dissatisfaction with the way this season is going, eulogize Detective Dixon as a man who smelled of bourbon and farts, discuss the things we like about Frank and Jordan, the inexplicable appeal of Ray,…

The World We Deserve – 206 – Church in Ruins
True Detective shifts into a higher gear this week with a tense, well-directed episode and we have the opinions to match. We talk about how bad of an idea it was to infiltrate the party, what Ray should or shouldn’t do about his kid, whether Frank is a poor negotiator, and much more.

The World We Deserve – 207 – Black Maps and Motel Rooms
Another solid episode prompts us to talk about Season 2’s pacing, the trail of blue diamonds, the fate of the central characters and what a Season 3 starring Jim Carrey might look like.

The World We Deserve – 208 – Omega Station
Jim and A.Ron attempt to have a nuanced discussion on the ups and downs of Season Two of True Detective. We talk about what worked, what didn’t, the possibility of a RenaiVance, and wonder about the identity of the series as we anticipate Season Three.


Season 3


The World We Deserve – Season 3 Preview!
After three long years off the air, True Detective makes a season three comeback on the backs of Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff. We talk about the show’s premise and leads, our feelings about the franchise in general, thoughts on the promotional material and interviews we’ve read so far, reasons to hope that season three is a return to form after an arguable stumble in season two, and where things might go wrong.

The World We Deserve – 301 & 302 – The Great War and Modern Memory & Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
The World We Deserve – 301 & 302 – The Great War and Modern Memory & Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye – LIVE RECORDING
We’ve checked out the first two episodes of HBO’s True Detective season three, and there is so much to talk about! Reliable unreliable narrators, parallel time structures, two macho, damaged cops who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get hands on with crime, and in the center, a missing persons case with strange, unexplained details. It feels a lot like season one, but Mahershala Ali brings a stellar performance to a character that is dealing with post-war trauma and racism in middle America. And don’t get us started on moon phases!

The World We Deserve – 303 – The Big Never
The World We Deserve – 303 – The Big Never – LIVE RECORDING
HBO’s True Detective continues to build their triple layer mystery over three decades in “The Big Never”. A lot of new clues come to light; the children being secretive in the woods; handwritten notes and maps; a photo of Will taking communion that looks suspiciously like the way his body was staged in death. Meanwhile detective West recruits Hayes to help with the re-opened case in the 90’s, and in 2015 Hayes has to face gaps and inconsistencies with the official investigation while being confronted by the ghosts of his past. All this plus a rollicking discussion of feedback and the latest theories harvested from the psycho-sphere!

The World We Deserve - 304 - The Hour and the Day
The World We Deserve - 304 - The Hour and the Day - LIVE RECORDING
Jim and A.Ron break down all the decade spanning clues of HBO's True Detective's latest episode, "The Hour and the Day". Who done it? The priest? The one eyed man? The cousin? The pumpkin lady? We sift through the evidence and theories and opine about the excellent character work this episode, as we get ready for what promises to be some hellacious action going down at the Woodward residence!

The World We Deserve – 305 – If You Have Ghosts
The World We Deserve – 305 – If You Have Ghosts – LIVE RECORDING
Another excellent episode of HBO's True Detective! We finally get to meet Old Man West in "If You Have Ghosts", and the wait was worth it. Both funny and poignant, it appears that 22 years of bad blood and as yet unknown extra-judicial shenanigans have left a rift in their relationship. But Wayne's memory gaps ironically serve to bridge the two men back together. At five episodes in, we're still not really sure where the mystery is going, but the chemistry between Wayne, Amelia, and Rolland is so good that the case of the missing Purcell children is almost a distraction from "the good stuff". That's a pretty high compliment to pay a Detective show. We discuss all this plus lots of your great feedback. See you next week!

The World We Deserve – 306 – Hunters in the Dark
The World We Deserve – 306 – Hunters in the Dark – LIVE RECORDING
Jim and A.Ron consider the latest episode of HBO's True Detective; "Hunters in the Dark". An episode that is largely carried by it's powerful performances, we nevertheless get what feel like big puzzle pieces that fit into the Purcell case. On the other hand, this season has been thematically about unfair assumptions and prejudices, so while it's probably true we have a lot more of the story than we did last week, it's highly unlikely that we have all of it. With just two more weeks to go, will Old Man Hayes and West be up for the challenge of getting justice for Julie?

Links mentioned on the podcast:
Our second annual 24 hour charity stream updates and info!
Esquire interview with Stephen Dorff about potential season four ties to seasons one and three.
Caspere! Diamonds!

The World We Deserve – 307 – The Final Country
The World We Deserve – 307 – The Final Country – LIVE RECORDING
Jim and A.Ron feel like the picture is coming into focus for this season's True Detective, and yet in "The Final Country" the show carries itself as if it has a few surprises left up it's sleeves. Many questions remain; why exactly was Julie taken, and how did she escape? What goes down between the two hunters, Hayes and Hoyt? What will the two old men learn in 2015 that eluded them in the 80s and 90s? We're counting on next week coming through and capping off a great season with a great finale. See you then!
Fellow True Detective fan Douglas A. sent us in a few interesting links this week. The first is a four year old article that connects all the dots in the season one investigation, and the second attempts to connect all those dots to the current Purcell case from season three. Thanks Doug!

The World We Deserve – 308 – Now am Found
The World We Deserve – 308 – Now am Found – LIVE RECORDING
Season three of True Detective comes to a close with a divisive finale, "Now Am Found". Many are upset at the show's apparent lack of interest in it's own case and storytelling, but others see the acting, character and thematic work as being more than enough to walk away from West Finger feeling satisfied. Which camp do you fall in? That will be all for us, but we hope we see you around real soon as we continue to cover the best in television and movies here at Bald Move! If you're interested, fellow fan Brian G shared with us this expose on the Epstein case we talked about last week, courtesy of the Miami Herald.

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