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.