True Detective: Omega Station

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FADE IN:

INT. MOTEL ROOM

COLIN FARRELL and RACHEL MCADAMS are engaged in some POSTCOITAL PILLOW TALK about how THEIR LIVES ARE SO FUCKED.

RACHEL MCADAMS
Now that we’ve made a physical connection, let’s deepen our emotional one. Any dark turning points in your life you’ve been brooding on all season?

COLIN FARRELL
Ladies first.

RACHEL MCADAMS
I was sexually assaulted for four days by a member of my father’s commune when I was twelve years old. The twist is that I felt almost proud that he thought I was pretty.

COLIN FARRELL
None of that was your fault.

RACHEL MCADAMS
Kind of generic comfort, but sure, why not. Your turn.

COLIN FARRELL
I killed the man who raped my wife. My twist is that it wasn’t even the right guy.

RACHEL MCADAMS
There’s whole cultures that wouldn’t blame you for doing something like that.

COLIN FARRELL
That’s a weird kind of absolution, but I’ll take it.

INT. BUS STATION

VINCE VAUGHN and KELLY REILLY are being all DRAMATIC in a BUS STATION.

VINCE VAUGHN
I’m sending you off to Venezuela with the only henchman I can still trust, the one with the weird droopy face. There’s some things I have to do and I can’t be worrying about you while I do them.

KELLY REILLY
Really? The whole go-on-without-me bit? I’m not buying it for one second. You can’t act for shit.

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“Read my lips.”

VINCE VAUGHN
Look who’s talking. You don’t say things as much as you constantly sneer them. Look, I really need you to go. Allow me to illustrate that with a dramatic gesture!
(tosses his wedding ring out the door)

KELLY REILLY
Two can play that game!
(also tosses her wedding ring out the door)
I’m with you until the end, Vince!

VINCE VAUGHN
Trust me, I’m gonna see you in two weeks or less.

KELLY REILLY
Two weeks?

VINCE VAUGHN
Or less.

KELLY REILLY
Or less.

VINCE VAUGHN
Two weeks or less than two weeks.

KELLY REILLY
Why are we focusing on that “or less” part so much?

VINCE VAUGHN
Beats me. Here’s what’s going to happen: There’s a park near El Obelisco. Go there and wear a white dress. I’ll wear a white suit and put a red rose on the lapel of my jacket. When I enter the park, in two weeks or less of course, I’ll slightly furrow my brow, since I won’t immediately spot you. My eyes will dart left and right. Then the crowd parts, and you emerge. A warm smile will form on my lips. Maybe your eyes well up a bit. Then we slowly walk towards each other and accelerate to a run as we draw closer.

KELLY REILLY
Okay fine, you don’t have to Stanley Kubrick the whole thing like that!

VINCE VAUGHN
Now go on. I promise, two weeks.

KELLY REILLY
Or less, we fucking get it.

KELLY gets in a CAR and is DRIVEN OFF by DROOPY.

INT. MOTEL ROOM

COLIN puts in a call to TAYLOR KITSCH, but gets JAMES FRAIN on the line instead.

JAMES FRAIN
Oh hey Colin! Were you expecting Taylor? Yeah, he’s dead. You may have survived your own episode cliffhanger fatality, but Taylor is dead for realsies. We just got a good shot of the body bag being zipped up, in fact!

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Best acting yet.

COLIN FARRELL
You bastard! He truly was the best of us!

JAMES FRAIN
Come on, he was a fag! Yeah, I’ll add homophobe to my list of evil traits, why not? Now let’s meet so we can sort all this out.

COLIN FARRELL
Sure, you’ve clearly demonstrated that you use reason to deal with your problems. Oh no wait, YOU FUCKING SHOOT THEM!

JAMES FRAIN
Okay, you got me there.

COLIN FARRELL
I know everything, James. The robbery, the diamonds, all that other shit that randomly pops up here and there, all of it. Have fun stewing!
(hangs up)

RACHEL MCADAMS
They killed Taylor? No! Who’s going to run around and look at documents for us now?

COLIN FARRELL
I guess we’ll have to do it all ourselves now.
(glances at photo)
Or maybe we won’t have to! Remember that movie set we visited in the third or fourth episode? I’m betting that photographer I talked to for maybe two seconds, the one nobody is invested in whatsoever, is the other kid from that jewelry store robbery!

RACHEL MCADAMS
Are you sure about that?

COLIN FARRELL
Fuck no, but this is the final episode, so there’s no more time for red herrings! Let’s go find him!

EXT. RITCHIE COSTER’S MANSION

VINCE walks up to MAYOR RITCHIE COSTER’S MANSION and finds him doing a SUNSET BOULEVARD in his POOL.

VINCE VAUGHN
Drat, there goes our comic relief. Unless —

He pulls in RITCHIE’S WIFE, AGNES OLECH, by the ARM.

AGNES OLECH
Blugh, what day is it? I am so wasted. Oh no, is that Ritchie? AAAAAAH!

VINCE VAUGHN
Hilarious. Now, where’s Vinicius Machado? It’s obvious he killed his father and half-assedly tried to make it look like a suicide.

AGNES OLECH
I have no idea, but then I’m clueless about pretty much everything.

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“Should I get ready for my close-up now?”

EXT. LUKE EDWARDS’ HOUSE

COLIN and RACHEL have tracked down LUKE EDWARDS, the SET PHOTOGRAPHER. Inside his HOUSE, they find his SISTER, COURTNEY HALVERSON, handcuffed to the FIREPLACE.

COLIN FARRELL
So you and your brother were the ones who killed the city manager and set this whole sorry season into motion?

COURTNEY HALVERSON
Should I just confirm that or did you want me to elaborate on my life between the jewelry store robbery and right now?

COLIN FARRELL
Please, it was a simple yes-or-no question.

COURTNEY HALVERSON
Then yes, my brother killed him.

RACHEL MCADAMS
Where is he now?

COURTNEY HALVERSON
He’s going to meet with Afemo Omilami at the train station to trade the city manager’s hard drive for the diamonds.

COLIN FARRELL
Can I just say that I am so fucking sick of those diamonds?

RACHEL MCADAMS
Why did Luke restrain you here?

COURTNEY HALVERSON
He was going as crazy as he did when he killed the city manager and I wanted to stop him.

COLIN FARRELL
Ah, so he’s very volatile? Great, I’m sure he’ll respond really well when I walk up to him to thwart his plan.

COLIN heads for the TRAIN STATION while RACHEL puts COURTNEY on a BUS to SEATTLE.

INT. TRAIN STATION

COLIN has augmented his BOLO TIE and WESTERN BOOTS with a DENIM JACKET, SUNGLASSES and a COWBOY HAT, which means he’s gone FULL MARLBORO MAN. He finds LUKE EDWARDS being all VOLATILE.

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Ha ha but seriously kids, smoking kills.

COLIN FARRELL
So you’re Colonel Chestbridge, eh? Let me ask you, what was the deal with that bird mask?

LUKE EDWARDS
Oh, I just did that to fool the viewers looking for all sorts of gothic mythologies woven into the plot.

COLIN FARRELL
Consider them fooled. Look, you’re here to kill Afemo Omilami and probably get yourself killed in the process, so here’s a better idea. Let me meet with him while you sit close-by and not lose what little cool you have. Deal?

LUKE EDWARDS
I am the blade and the bullet!

COLIN FARRELL
I see no way this can go wrong.

AFEMO OMILAMI arrives and is called over by COLIN.

COLIN FARRELL
I have the hard drive and the documents we stole from the sex party. You clear my name and they’re all yours.

AFEMO OMILAMI
What about Rachel? And don’t bother making it seem like you don’t give a shit about her. Taylor may have gotten the better of me when he did that, but I won’t make the same mistake again!

COLIN FARRELL
Fine, I won’t. Tell me this though, why’d you have to kill the parents of those kids during the robbery?

AFEMO OMILAMI
Ooph, I wish you hadn’t asked that, because now I have to make the backstory even more complicated!

COLIN FARRELL
Come fucking on!

AFEMO OMILAMI
The city manager wanted them dead because he was having an affair with the mother. Courtney is actually his illegitimate child whaaaat.

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“THIS ENRAGES ME TO THE SURPRISE OF NO ONE!”

LUKE completely loses his SHIT and LUNGES at AFEMO with a STEAK KNIFE. COLIN tries to INTERVENE, but JAMES FRAIN suddenly appears and SHOOTS AT HIM. Then RACHEL suddenly appears and SHOOTS JAMES in the ARM. Then AFEMO manages to SHOOT LUKE. Then SOME COPS suddenly appear and accidentally KILL AFEMO. Basically, A LOT OF SHOOTING happens.

COLIN FARRELL
Let’s get the fuck out of here before random station attendants also start pulling guns.

RACHEL MCADAMS
Right on.

INT. BAR

COLIN and RACHEL meet with VINCE in a SECRET ROOM of that DEPRESSING BAR. It’s gotten SO DEPRESSING that LERA LYNN is singing to EMPTY TABLES.

VINCE VAUGHN
Rachel! This is the first time we’re meeting, isn’t it? Want to fling our life philosophies at each other?

RACHEL MCADAMS
I’d really rather not.

VINCE VAUGHN
You’re very spirited! I will immediately trust you with something very dear to me. If you make it to Venezuela and I don’t, look up this redhead in a white dress. Tell her the story I told is still true. The story about us meeting in the park, where I first furrow my brow a bit because I don’t immediately see her, but then —

RACHEL MCADAMS
Just write it down for me, okay?

VINCE VAUGHN
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have something to discuss with Colin.

RACHEL MCADAMS
Does it involve the entire arsenal you have at your disposal?

VINCE VAUGHN
It might.

VINCE goes into the OTHER ROOM and talks with COLIN.

VINCE VAUGHN
We’re going to need money for our escape plan to Venezuela and I know where there’s a ton of it. Want to help me go get it and also take revenge on whoever’s left standing?

COLIN FARRELL
Speaking of revenge, you still owe me the name of the guy who made me kill the wrong rapist.

VINCE VAUGHN
Oh yeah, that was my assistant, but I already killed him for you. I didn’t think you could stomach another cold-blooded murder, so I shot him in the stomach to make it poetic in a very roundabout way. Anyway, big shootout. You in?

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“You know you want toooo!”

COLIN FARRELL
Aren’t we coming up on the 60-minute mark here? Is there still time for that?

VINCE VAUGHN
No, this finale lasts an hour and a half.

COLIN FARRELL
Oh good Christ, still plenty of time for things to get even more fucked then. Whatever, I’m in.

VINCE VAUGHN
Here, I got all these weapons from an upscale confectionary baker, which is exactly as weird as it sounds. Which do you prefer? Personally, I like this rotary grenade launcher. Pink mist, motherfucker.

EXT. JON LINDSTROM’S RANCH

COLIN and VINCE drive up to JON LINDSTROM’S RANCH to crash the MONEY EXCHANGE. They fire GAS GRENADES through the WINDOWS and GUN DOWN ALL THE GUARDS.

VINCE VAUGHN
If I have any beef with you, please form an orderly line and crawl up to me!

JON is the first to appear at VINCE’S FEET.

JON LINDSTROM
No poignant last words from me? Just some errant coughing? Fine.

VINCE shoots JON, who is immediately followed by TIMOTHY V. MURPHY.

TIMOTHY V. MURPHY
Vince, no. Please to remember old times. I haf been like father to you.

VINCE VAUGHN
Ouch, you have no idea what kind of a trigger warning my father is to me! A literal trigger warning in this case.

VINCE pulls out a PISTOL and KILLS TIMOTHY. He and COLIN make off with all the MONEY.

VINCE VAUGHN
Right, see you in Venezuela.

COLIN FARRELL
Vince, it’s been a gas.

VINCE VAUGHN
I see what you did there.

EXT. FREEWAY

On his way back to the BAR, COLIN puts in a CALL to RACHEL.

RACHEL MCADAMS
While you were doing that whole Rambo thing, I went to check on Rick Springfield, but they’d already killed him.

COLIN FARRELL
Let me check my pockets for any fucks to give. Nope, none.

RACHEL MCADAMS
Now hurry over here so we can continue keeping our sudden love for each other unspoken!

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Pictured: one of the three smiles in the entire season.

COLIN FARRELL
I’m on my way!
(hangs up)
Wait, what is this? Am I actually feeling happy? Or at least less sad? Can’t have that!

He takes an OFF-RAMP that leads to his SON’S SCHOOL.

COLIN FARRELL
Hmm, I don’t think that communicated my death sentence enough. Better look at a photo of my son to really seal the deal. Theeeere we go.

EXT. SCHOOL

COLIN walks up to the PLAYGROUND and sees TREVOR LARCOM playing DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. They SALUTE EACH OTHER from AFAR.

COLIN FARRELL
Man, all this time I’ve been so conflicted about my son. If he’s not my blood, he’s the product of rape. And if he is, I’ve spawned a doughy little wimp. Whelp, I can put all that behind me now.

When he gets back to his CAR, he notices the REFLECTION of a TRANSPONDER in a PUDDLE.

COLIN FARRELL
Motherfucker. Good thing I parked on top of the only puddle of water for miles around!

He gets in his CAR and DRIVES OFF while giving RACHEL another CALL.

RACHEL MCADAMS
Hey. Can’t wait for you to see what I’ve done with my hair!

COLIN FARRELL
I don’t think I’m going to make it. They put a transponder on my car. I had all the time and means to pry it off, but then I just didn’t, and now I’ve got a tail.

RACHEL MCADAMS
And who’s to say they’re not monitoring your phone as well? You may be trying to lead them away from me, but this call could put them right on me!

COLIN FARRELL
Don’t wait for me! Just get on that boat! I’ll catch up!

RACHEL MCADAMS
But I love you apparently!

COLIN FARRELL
I’ll see you again. Definitely. Maybe. Probably not.

COLIN hangs up and decides to RECORD ANOTHER BLEAK MESSAGE for his SON.

EXT. DESERT

While on the way to the AIRPORT, VINCE gets ABDUCTED by a bunch of MEXICANS, who drive him to THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT. BENJAMIN BENITEZ meets him there.

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“I wag my finger at you, sir.”

BENJAMIN BENITEZ
You went back on our deal, Vince.

VINCE VAUGHN
You shafted me first, dickhead. You killed the girl I needed to talk to, which means you destroyed what I wanted. Therefore, I destroyed what you wanted. Reciprocity.

BENJAMIN BENITEZ
There you go again, using big words.

VINCE VAUGHN
Look, nobody gives a shit about your beef with me. I’ve got a million dollars in my suitcase. Take it and we can all get this over with.

BENJAMIN BENITEZ
Alright, but only because you caught me in a good mood.
(beat)
Wait! I think I want to humiliate you some more, so please give my associate your suit.

VINCE VAUGHN
Seriously? My suit would never fit him! I’m freakishly tall!

VINCE decides to PUNCH BENJAMIN’S ASSOCIATE and gets STABBED IN THE SIDE.

BENJAMIN BENITEZ
Truly, pride goeth before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

VINCE VAUGHN
Don’t think you can pull off that faux-eloquent shit either!

BENJAMIN and his FELLOW THUGS leave VINCE to his GRISLY FATE.

EXT. FOREST

COLIN has led his PURSUERS, who turn out to be JAMES FRAIN and some EX-MILITARY GOONS, to a FOREST. He leaves the CAR and runs into the TREES.

COLIN FARRELL
Waaaait a second, didn’t my dad have that dream within a dream about me getting killed near trees? Or by trees or something? Crap, this is not going to end well for me.

JAMES FRAIN
What did you expect? The way things have been going, the only options for the ending are bittersweet or fucking miserable.

COLIN FARRELL
At least I know Rachel is safe, so I guess I got option A on that one! Oh wait, my message to my son isn’t uploading. Fine, it’s both.

TRUE DETECTIVE: Omega Station

“The tree of life this is not.”

COLIN tries to BUTCH AND SUNDANCE his way out, but gets GUNNED DOWN by JAMES and his GOONS. RACHEL, who is on a BOAT OUT OF THE COUNTRY, immediately BREAKS DOWN CRYING.

JAMES FRAIN
That psychic connection AGAIN? Fuck me.

EXT. DESERT

Just like his CHARACTER ARC, VINCE is slowly LIMPING through the DESERT while BLEEDING OUT.

VINCE VAUGHN
Never give up. Never surrender.

Along the way, he starts HALLUCINATING his SCUMBAG FATHER, a few HECKLING URBAN YOUTHS, and some POOR SCHMUCK HE HAD KILLED.

VINCE VAUGHN
This play-by-play of my miserable life sure is uplifting!

Finally, he sees KELLY REILLY in a WHITE DRESS.

KELLY REILLY
Couldn’t just swallow your pride and give up your suit, could you?

VINCE VAUGHN
Looks like my story didn’t play out quite as I had foretold it.

KELLY REILLY
Well yeah, this season has been alternatively rewarding and condemning the typical masculine behaviour society has come to expect, and you drew the short end of that stick.

VINCE VAUGHN
Yes, woe betide me. Colin got to go out in a glorified blaze of glory and here I am, all alone, left to wonder whether I managed to pull a Matthew McConaughey and cast off the ridicule that has befallen my career.

KELLY REILLY
Oh honey. No.

VINCE finally SUCCUMBS to his WOUND and DIES.

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You might say he got his just deserts. Hey-oooo!

EXT. VENEZUELA

RACHEL, who has ditched her FRANKA POTENTE HAIRDO, is relating her STORY to a VENEZUELAN COP.

RACHEL MCADAMS
So that wraps up the absurdly complex plot. Yup, apparently this whole season has been me telling the story to you. There’s still some crap about Colin really being Trevor’s father and Vinicius Machado being elected mayor despite looking orange, but I can see the life draining from your eyes, so I won’t bother with any of that.

VENEZUELAN COP
That’s it? What am I supposed to take away from all this? A well-trodden indictment of corruption with some paternal angst sprinkled on top? If I take this to my superiors, they’re just going to point out all the problems with it and laugh in my face!

RACHEL MCADAMS
Whatever, I wash my hands of it and maybe HBO will too.

RACHEL leaves and meets with KELLY, who’s tending to a NEWBORN CHILD.

RACHEL MCADAMS
Oooh, what are we thinking? My kid or yours? Are we going for a clichéd one-night-stand conception between Colin and me, or has your womb magically gained the ability to create life?

KELLY REILLY
It’s your kid, so allow me to wring my face into a melancholic expression as I hand it to you.

They head out into a STREET PARTY. AND THAT’S IT. THE END. IT’S OVER. WHATEVER. GOODBYE. HAVE SOME MORE LERA LYNN ON YOUR WAY OUT.

FADE OUT

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  • Vardulon

    Great abridgment!If I may offer two comments:1 – I thought she was giving the story to a reporter in the last episode, not a Venezuelan cop, although I may not have been paying that close attention.2 – Maybe it’s James Frain who had psychic powers? Plenty of people got killed, after all, but their lovers were only psychically informed about it when James Frain was doing the killing. Maybe that’s just something he can do?