True Detective ended it’s eight episode season 1 ride this weekend. It’s about two detectives in Louisiana; Matthew McConaughey plays Det. Rustin Cohle and Woody Harrelson plays Det. Martin Hart. They’re investigating a murder in nineteen ninety five that follows them all the way to twenty twelve.
The first season of this anthology series is brought to us by Nic Pizzolatto (writer) and Cary Joji Fukunaga (director). All eight episodes are written and directed by them, which gives the first season this cohesiveness. Most tv series are written and directed by a pool of various people, but having an eight episode season makes things “easier?”
In this case it feels like a long movie, in the good way.
The first episode had me at go, we start out with some typical tropes… interviews to a camera and flashbacks, but what really got me hooked was the chemistry between Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, or should I say between their characters? Both of them do an excellent job walking that fine line between complete darkness and triumph.
*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* The show, or this first season, was more about how tracking a killer and bringing him to justice can completely take over your life. These detectives suffered personally and professionally while in pursuit of this killer, while everyone around them was saying that they’d already caught him. Their commitment to justice after all these years is what kept them going, more so than their family.
The finale had them getting a killer… but I don’t think he’s the Yellow King that others have referenced this season. This series is an anthology, I foresee the connective tissue to be the presence of this Yellow King in all the seasons. *END POSSIBLE SPOILERS*
Can’t wait for season 2
And check out this clip from Pete Holmes!