The problem with modern cinematic TV shows is they truly feel like generously edited films at the expense of a longer storyline and regular season timing. The word "season" has become meaningless - let's not kid ourselves, showrunners present what's actually a film that's stretched out from 1.5 to 8 hours, including credits. As such they're able to make it palatable for film quality actors/directors/screenwriters to get on-board, if they're not already a part of the initial show idea. Netflix doesn't even insult your intelligence by making you wait weekly for the next episode. So you can actually watch something like True Detective in a few sittings, just skipping over the "previously on" and intro/outro credits.
I'm way late to this discussion, but I just did a 3-day marathon watching of the series so I could really see the stark difference in the last two episodes. Pluses - filling in of the back story, direction and cinematography. Minuses - no emotional investment in the current main characters, the victims or villains. Biggest disappointment - by backdating it two years you're thinking Marty and Rust will continue on into a Second Season, but apparently McHarrelson were just lending their star power to draw viewers into the series, a la American Horror Story.
Are you being sarcastic or you can't recognize it? The structure of the jail scene was to cash in/parody the rise in popularity of "Orange is the New Black" which is definitely not for kids.
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