“She woke up. She is out there, in 'the night land'. “You have to hide,” detective Liz Danvers (Jodie Foster) hears from a witness: the case of the six scientists frozen in the snow has ties to the crime of the indigenous Annie Kowtok (Nivi Pedersen), an activist against polluting mining in Ennis, Alaska. What is 'the night land' that could be key to solving both cases?
On Friday, on HBO Max, in advance, and this Sunday, February 11, on the HBO signal, True Detective: Night Land premiered its 5th and penultimate episode: the pieces at play were tightened and Liz Danvers (Foster) and her subordinates, the tough officer Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis), also of indigenous descent, and the rookie detective Peter Prior (Finn Bennett), faced their demons, directly related to the case.
True Detective: Night Land demonstrated, heading into next Sunday's finale, that it is the best police series of this summer. He knew how to link the criminal mystery with the family and social drama in the town of Ennis, Alaska, where mining pollution caused the water to turn out black and several babies to die – due to poor gestation – at birth. Two pieces of information that will also have a key bearing on solving the mystery.
A great mystery hides the snow in “True Detective: Night Land.” (HBO via AP)
With nods to The Thing, by John Carpenter, the Icelandic series Trapped, Twin Peaks, and even the series The X-Files, what happened in the 5th and penultimate episode of True Detective: Night Land? A police incident linked the two cases: Leah (Isabella Star LeBlanc), the adopted and also indigenous daughter of Liz Danvers, marched with a militant legion in front of the Silver Sky mining company, shouting “The water comes out black!” The repressive forces arrived, and, if it had not been for the help of Officer Navarro, Leah would have ended up seriously injured.
Her mother, Detective Liz Danvers, decided to have her daughter spend the night at the police station “so she understands the danger she is putting herself in.” Navarro replied: “Liz, she is just trying to do the right thing,” but her boss replied: “Nothing to do with it. “She's trying to get attention.”
That led to the head of Public Relations at the Silver Sky mining company calling Danvers to her office. There was also Ted Connelly (Christopher Eccleston), the former officer and aspiring mayor of the town of Ennis (Danvers' lover, too). “Why were Officer Navarro and you, Danvers, investigating the snowy lands that belong to the mining company?” asked the Silver Sky employee.
Jodie Foster plays the acid detective Liz Danvers (Photo: AP/HBO)
“Due to a police investigation. Annie Kowtok's case could be linked to that of the six scientists who died naked, frozen in the snow, outside the Tsalal station,” Danvers said. He then disputed the miner's argument that they had died of natural causes. And he pulled an ace out of his sleeve: “We discovered that Silver Sky finances the Tsalal station, which was investigating water pollution. Isn't that a conflict of interest?”
This happened in the 5th episode of “True Detective: Night Land”: death before the end
When the miner's wife left, Connelly told Danvers to stop investigating. “I'm aware of what happened in the old case of woman beater William Wheeler.” The one who beat an 18-year-old girl to death, and who waited for Danvers and Navarro at her house, smiling perversely. Until a gunshot was heard off camera. “Wheeler murdered the girl and committed suicide,” Danvers and Navarro lied in the police report.
Connelly told Danvers that if they continued investigating the cases of Annie Kowtok and the Tsalal scientists, he would reveal the truth. Liz Danvers began to doubt her, but later Evangeline Navarro convinced her to continue: “You can't abandon the Annie Kowtok case. You carry it now.”
What is the truth about scientists frozen in Alaska ice? (HBO/AP)
In a key scene, in parallel, the miner's wife told the corrupt officer Hank Prior (John Hawkes), Peter's father, to get rid of Otis Heiss (Klaus Tange), who would take Detective Danvers to the underground caves where Annie Kowtok died. “Otis Heiss is a drug addict and no one is going to mourn his disappearance.”
Liz Danvers went to look for Otis Heiss to take him to the caves and gave him heroin at her house (the requirement that he had set). At that moment Hank Prior arrived and shot him in the head, killing him. Two seconds later, his son, Officer Peter Prior, arrived with gun in hand. When Hank threatened to shoot Liz Danvers, Peter killed his own father with a shot to the temple.
Upon seeing the fatal scene, Evangeline Navarro said: “We must erase the evidence. They are all in cahoots so that we don't investigate. If they find Hank's body, Peter will go to prison and the deaths of Annie Kowtok and the six scientists will not be resolved.”
Otis Heiss had left them indicated, on the map, the exact point of the caves where they access what the indigenous people call “night land”: the key to everything. There, on February 18, the final episode of True Detective: Night Land will begin. Will they solve both cases? Will they find Raymond Clark to find out who “she, the one who woke up” is?
Cast of “True Detective: Night Land”
Jodie Foster: Liz DanversKali Reis: Evangeline NavarroChristopher Eccleston: Ted CorsaroFiona Shaw: Rose AguneauPeter Prior: Finn BennettHank Prior: John HawkesAnnie Kowtok: Nivi PedersenLeah: Isabella Star LeBlanc
Trailer for “True Detective: Night Land”