Sopranos — laid down the ground works for modern drama TV, ever since that show there has been a number of amazing shows to name the few Breaking Bad, Lost, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Masters of Sex and House of Cards are all good examples that TV is not something people watch to kill time in fact a lot of these shows are better acted and written than most high budget Hollywood movies, and on top of this pyramid of awesome TV shows is the Home Box Office Channel (HBO) with the boldest, scariest list of shows that no one else would even dares to produce, Enter : True Detective
from the image above you realize that this show comes packing some real star power, Oscar winner and the actor who changed his career from Romantic Comedies to doing Scorsese and Nolan to winning awards and really taking names Matthew McConaughey who in my opinion currently did his best performance ever, he did win the Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club but he sure did his masterpiece here, his character is very interesting and I think very hard to pull off since his dialogue well is filled with things like this
“I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight – brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.”
“If the only thing keeping a person descent is the expectation of divine reward then, brother, that person is a piece of shit. And I’d like to get as many of them out in the open as possible. You gotta get together and tell yourself stories that violate every law of the universe just to get through the goddamn day? What’s that say about your reality?”
it is almost hard to believe that he can say paragraphs like this, and pull it off in a calm soothing way that you just can’t stop yourself from wanting to replay that part, and also there is Woody Harrelson, Woody is such a terrific actor but he doesn’t get to do much of that on his latest roles like Now You See Me and The Hunger Games movies, he does bring it home with this one though he plays a messy Don Draper like character whose heart is in the right place, maybe not as complex as Matthew’s character (Rust) but certainly a very interesting character, and together they have an amazing on screen Dynamics that is just a pleasure to see.
unlike most detective shows True Detective does not rely on Moster of the Week formula, instead they shake up the genre and come up with a wide range broad scale case to be solved throughout the course of the season and next season they will start with a new cast and a new story and a new setting, it will still be close to the formula of the show but they won’t be connected, which means next year when they show season 2 we won’t see Matthew or Woody go after another killer no, and that is really bold of HBO since establishing characters and making people watch the show for it is one of the fundamentals of success these days
one of the many other things that make True Detective such a wonderful show is how consistent it is, and I think that goes back to the fact that this show was written by Nic Pizzolatto and he did write all the 8 episodes, and it was also directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga who directed them all as well unlike most TV shows which they have a team of writers and everytime one of them write an episode and someone else directs it and for that you might feel a little disjointment from some episodes. With a production value that screams quality and Cinematography which can be an art gallery itself I can’t stop praising the show enough and give it the a Perfect Score and look really forward to the future episodes.