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  1. True Detective

    #704772014-02-23 16:27:05 *johan_5179 said:

    This thread is dedicated to HBO's latest offering which has taken TV viewers by storm, the crime drama True Detective. What is True Detective, you ask?

    True Detective is an American television anthology drama series on HBO created and written by Nic Pizzolatto, with the first season directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Season one stars Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles, and uses multiple timelines to trace two Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division homicide detectives' hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana across seventeen years.

    Now, I have seen some TV shows in my time, and crime has been a pre-occupation with quite a few of them. A lot of shows have come and gone which have used crime and related events to define character traits at best, and as methods to generate some cheap humour at worst.

    Not so for True Detective. I feel that the word 'gritty' has been much abused in the past few years. Everything with a slight veneer of serious drama is labelled 'gritty' and by extension, awesome.

    In the three episodes I have seen yet, True Detective fucking owns those two words. Immaculate writing, brilliant dialogue, superb acting and characters that just make you invest so much, even the fringe characters who wouldn't appear again are infused with so much... sincerity and actual human emotions that the antagonist hasn't even been mentioned yet and I still don't think anything's missing. For once, the good guys are just as interesting, and actually till now more interesting than the bad guys, which is so so rare. True Detective makes you feel the seriousness of a crime, it relentlessly drives home the point that murder and crime in general is not something you just fucking play around with as a plot point.

    The show is perfect technically and the music fits it so well, it truly is as good as I had heard it was. And yeah, Matthew McConaughey. That guy... why the hell has he been stuck in that horrible cycle of mediocre rom-com after crappy rom-com after mediocre movie after.....? This guy can act so so well, I wouldn't have believed it a few months ago.

    So, is anyone else watching True Detective? If yes, post your impressions! If not, please go and check it out, it really is well worth your time.

    True Detective airs Sunday 9pm on HBO. 5 episodes have aired yet, out of a planned 8. This show is going to stay with me for quite a while.

  2. #704792014-02-23 17:16:41MrTingles said:

    I just heard about this in a video I was watching. Interesting.

    I'm not normally into television, but if I see it floating around, I might try it out.

  3. #706242014-02-26 17:11:15kofuku said:

    Oh my god YUSH. True Detective is so gritty and amazing. And wow, who knew Matthew McConaughey could act? Like as something other than an (albiet sometimes lovable) douchebag womanizer? Just ugh, I love it. Can't wait to see the conclusion to this magnificent bit of television.

    And you would, @Kittycat, you would.

  4. #711162014-03-10 07:33:14johan_5179 said:

    Aaaaaand we're done with the finale.

    A more satisfying ending couldn't have been asked for. A lot has been said about how bloody amazing this show is, but really, a show that does not end well, no matter how good, is nothing less than a metaphorical kick to the nuts Fate-Zero comes to mind :/. I was extremely apprehensive, whether they could chew off what hey had bitten, but they did, and how <3

  5. #715872014-03-20 03:53:29 *kofuku said:

    (struts into thread a week and a half late) Oh hai~

    SO. Yes, the finale was amazing. I had a small worry after the 7th episode that they'd fuck it up somehow, because I didn't believe they could really wrap all that up in just one more hour, but alas, they managed. And they managed splendidly.

    Also, those bastards, managed to assault me with so many damn feels I literally cried for 3/4ths of the episode. It was like Breaking Bad all over again. (JUST GOTTA SALT THE WOUNDS DON'TCHA!?! Fuckers.)

    Anyway, I won't spoil anything, and simply tell all of you to GO WATCH THIS SHOW. DON'T THINK ABOUT IT, JUST DO IT.

    And to those in power over the award shows that I hold dear, GIVE MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY ALL THE AWARDS.

    That is all.

  6. #799892014-07-10 22:27:47 *johan_5179 said:

    True Detective has TWELVE Emmy Nominations, including Best Drama Show

    BOTH Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson have been nominated for Best Actor in a Drama series

    Other strong contenders in the Best Drama category are Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones, but even with my bias I am pretty sure that neither come close to the level of excellence that True Detective brings to the table, technical or otherwise.

    Also, I don't really say that Matthew McConaughey HAS to win every award, but if he does not then awards are pretty much meaningless. Fanboying to the Extreme

    Now, to business.

    Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series - 2014

    The entire format of the show jumping between 3 different time spans and doing it cohesively and the 4th episode 6 minute unbroken shot. Technical marvel, this show, and that too on a limited budget. Should win this, but I never paid much attention to Breaking Bad or Orange is the New Black in that respect anyway, people tell me OITNB is pretty good.

    Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera) - 2014

    While the Carcosa set-piece is key, the Louisiana location was exploited beautifully to the maximum. I'm not sure how it would hold up against other shows like Game of Thrones which have better budgets and more freedom being fantasy stories, but True Detective is a contender for its smart use of a limited location.

    Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - 2014

    Again, not a sure-shot winner here, but a very strong contender. True Detective might win if you consider all the intelligent references it makes, the writing is layered, and the dialogue and narration give it a very beautiful aspect of fore-shadowing which makes it a pleasure to re-watch. They didn't go for the normal fireworks high points with a very difficult story to pull off in just 8 episodes. They should win in a sane world, but if they don't I wouldn't be that disappointed. The world was just not ready.

    Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series - 2014

    JUST HAND IT OVER ALREADY! I know strong critics of the show, but nobody who has seen even 10 minutes of the show can deny the sheer perfection that Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and every other actor, big part or small, is. They don't win this? It will be a disgrace.

    Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-camera Series - 2014

    Once again, the 4th episode with its phenomenal 6-minute unbroken shot wins this for True Detective on its own, add to that the entire Carcosa set-piece of the last episode and you have yourself a winner.

    Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series - 2014

    Again, hand it over please. Boardwalk Empire is the only one which can cause major discomfort in that area. House of Cards is good too, but nah. True Detective should win this.

    Outstanding Drama Series - 2014

    YES ;o;

    Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series - 2014 (Woody Harrelson)

    Now if only Matthew McConaughey wasn't here I would have said a Kevin Spacey victory would be nice too. Not any more. Woody is great and in another place he could have won. This time he has to make way for his IRL best buddy.

    Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series - 2014 (Matthew McConaughey)

    Hand it over. Now.

    Outstanding Main Title Design - 2014

    I don't know, I really don't know. But I do have a desktop wallpaper right out of the True Detective title right now.

    Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) - 2014

    I wouldn't bet on it, but that villain and his sister looked rather sick, and those troubled kids? Creepy make-up job.

    Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) - 2014

    They should definitely win this. Every episode has its own ending tying in with the episode, and the music has great variety. That opening track, and all those closing tracks, something HAS to win here.