True Detective: “Omega Station” Season 2 Finale Review

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So here we are, after one of the most uneven seasons of television in recent memory, and a few things start to click into place. Not everything in “Omega Station” worked, but enough of it did that it was a worthwhile finale.

For the first time all season, the major players of the season, now down to three, are actually sharing scenes and making moves. Ray, Ani, and Frank are all essentially screwed. Through this case and their own corruptions, they’ve dug themselves too deep a hole to climb out of, at least within city limits. They devise a plan to leave everything behind and go to Venezuela. This is a very different ending than we got in season one, and overall, this one is much more interesting. Having the show’s “heroes” essentially lose to the corruption of their city makes sense in this case. The only way to win is to get out and start over. Of course, it’s not going to be an easy trip.

After the wonderfully tense scene at the train station, the three remaining core characters all split up. Frank gets picked up by some guys for a Breaking Bad-style showdown in the desert. He gets stabbed and limps on off to try and get back to society. While there definitely didn’t need to be as much of this as there was, I enjoyed the hallucinations to some degree, climaxing in his wife telling him that he was already dead. It was a fitting enough way for the show’s worst character to go. But some of the extensive 90-minute finale could have definitely been shaved here.

Then there was Ray, who just couldn’t resist seeing his son one more time. My eyes actually welled up when they showed his son with his father’s badge. Ray may not have been the best father, but he meant well by his son. While on his detour, a tracker gets placed on his car, which leads to a big shootout in the woods. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense conceptually, especially when he gives himself up for no reason, but Ray’s death is one of the few emotional beats that hit this season. Seeing his father visibly upset on the couch got me. His ex-wife opening the results of the paternity test to see that Ray was the father got me. Most surprisingly, Ani crying on the boat got me.

Ani unfortunately is sidelined for the majority of the episode, with Ray ensuring she gets sent off to Venezuela. But I did enjoy the final scene, where she tells a reporter her story but refuses to testify to protect her new family. She goes and meets Jordan and the son of Ani and Ray to keep running. These two deserved to die the least, and their shared motherhood feels earned just enough.

So all in all, this was probably the best episode of the season. Most of the characters’ stories ended where it felt appropriate. It even managed to get some genuinely emotional moments in their leading up to Ray’s death. Compared to how season one ended, this ending actually gets the characters arcs in line with how the case story gets resolved. The only difference is we care much less about these characters than we did Rust and Martin. Still, this wasn’t a bad way to go out considering how weak the season was. Grade: B+

By Matt Dougherty

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