‘True Detective': HBO's Hit Series Just Gets Better and Better (Guest Blog)

'True Detective': HBO's Hit Series Just Gets Better and Better (Guest Blog)


A monster is still out there

“True Detective” is so good it almost makes going to the movies an exercise in futility. To avoid the latest animation craze, one can sit home and watch HBO's finest miniseries as of yet and not have one's intellect assaulted.

Matthew McConaughey has never been better. His sinister, sinewy and truly weird character Rust Cohle makes you wonder what kind of detective he truly was and is — and just what is going on in the beanie of this terrific screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto who created this fine miniseries.

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Dialogue leaps out of the tube into your “Did I really hear that?” eardrums. Yes, you can watch this more than once and each time a new clue will be revealed as to the relationship between McConaughey and his partner, Marty Hart, played by Woody Harrelson, who matches the acting chops of McConaughey, though it is McConaughey's character that steals this show.

Just who the **** is this guy? Is he an intellectual, a freak or some kind of murderer posing in a detective uniform? (Spoiler alert segments 1-5): The series, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (2011's “Jane Eyre”), just keeps getting better. And it is not too late to start watching.

It had a slow start, but now it is proving not to be what meets the eyes and ears, and is not only a murder, but multiple mysteries of who really committed these atrocities. I can't wait until Sunday's episode to see and hear what weirdness Rust Cohle has been engaging in. While he and Marty have solved a murder of a woman in the form of sacrificial lamb with tattoos and antlers on her naked body, there is more to this story than finding the murderer of this woman.

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This macabre tale is told in flashbacks, as both Rust and Marty are interrogated by two African American cops. Only in the most recent installment five are you given an indication of why these detectives are investigating Rust who, up until now, is disheveled and drinking beer nonstop while cutting up the cans. In different room a well-manicured Marty in a suit speaks positively of Rust about whom Marty is quizzed.

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Sex is highly charged and vivid. Martin engages with a beauty as he cheats on his wife. “Infidelity is one kind of sin, but my true failure was inattention,” Marty says. Meanwhile Rust rejects a hooker who offers herself to him. Rust's interest in sex is never seen, but his keen mind is. His dialogue is fascinating.

Rust has been married and has lost his child in an accident and is hanging onto a bizarre lifestyle. Getting to know him is what this whole series is about. Not who murdered whom. And so it continues with Rust now a suspect.

The credits for this series are among some of the finest I've ever seen. The cinematography is breathtaking and the music by T.Bone Burnett is haunting. It is rich in a rhythm that echoes vast open spaces that reveal the loneliness and isolation of rural parts of the great state of Louisiana.

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What will happen in Episode Six? Will Rust have been a murderer all along or is he a true detective being slandered by corruption? It is not too late to catch this one as this is only Season One of a series that may rival The Sopranos.

Seventeen years after the first murder, this investigation of Rust is taking place. His storage unit is the focus of detectives investigating him.

“You want to arrest me, go right ahead,” says Rust. “You want to follow me, c'mon. You want to see something? Get a warrant.”

A monster is still out there. During a cross examination by Rust a convict mentions The Yellow King. Then this prisoner commits suicide in his cell. Who is The Yellow King?

Tune in for Episode Six. This fine series is just warming up.

  • Cable Watcher

    Regarding your article on True Detective. You state that Marty and Cohle are interviewed by 2 African-American detectives. I don't see where the race of the detectives is important. You could have said that they are interviewed by 2 detectives. Why is the race of the interviewing detectives worth mentioning?????

    • pussy faggot

      jesus fucking christ shut the fuck up already pussy faggot

      • redeyedjedi410

        you're the pussy, faggot

    • TL

      Think about Lynch. That maybe important, or not.

    • Joseph Payton

      Dude seriously. Slap yourself

    • Steeleb

      Good point

    • Robespierre92

      Um, they're both black and the interviewees are both white? call it a hunch, but I think it was intentional. :)

  • hydranc

    up until now I didn't know what color thin skin was?!?!?!

  • jesus rodriguez

    Right from jumpstreet This show is fucking awesome

    • Scooter

      Very awesome. Does anyone think Cole could be the yellow king?

      • jesus rodriguez

        Cole possibly is involved, I have a feeling rust is going to die.

  • Chris

    What was with the not even close to subtle shot at The Lego Movie? It's an amazing movie. One of the best in years. Being animated has nothing to do with it.

    Not that I'd expect someone who likely watches too much of The View to understand good films.

  • westseadoc

    I was of the understanding that this series is an 8 episode arc and then the Harrelson / McConnaughey collaboration will end.

  • swackapuma

    Why all the constant shots of oil and gas factories in most background scenes? Why all the smoke stacks in the opening montage? Does it represent a smoke screen or is big business involved?

    • NickkN

      They are not smoke stacks.

  • Rs

    Ms Mallory is easily impressed. Watching MM mumble and chain smoke as a substitute for an acting technique is painful at best. The “relationship” she refers to is as cliched and buried in the Hollywood male fantasy bull as is possible. The real question is: Who cares?

  • chris4s

    I have given this show a good try and it is not at all good. Im done. This is the worst thing HBO as ever made. The dialog is the special kind of lame that lame people think is edgy. I can not comment on the story because I often have no clue what is going on. Sometimes a good story leaves you confused for a while and pull all the pieces together in the end. But good stories keep me interested with characters I can relate to, unusual characters or other interesting perspectives until the pieces do come together. This show is slow and boring with dull, plain characters. As I watch, I find myself looking at the clock wondering how much longer will this go on for. As the time passes, the sound track and mood changes as if story has progressed but the progress to so little that it does warrant a track change. What is with the lack of urgency? When I ask other viewers what is going on all they say is “they are trying to catch a killer”. That can not be all for the entire show.
    This show presents good actors and that is it. When will the people in the entertainment industry realize that you must tick every box to make a good show? Those boxes being – acting, dialog, a non-linear progressive story, music, visuals, depth of character, character growth, interesting unusual behavior that has common relate-able motives, emotion and humor. In addition, in every frame a show must remind the viewer that the creators haven't forget one of those elements. Within every 5mins of show the creators should be able to remind the viewer that they have not forgotten any. That's right, a good TV show should continually (with every frame) progresses a story with interesting behavior, visuals and dialog. True detective does not do this, it stagnates. I only watched the first three episodes. Those could be cut down to 20min and still be slow.