True Detective Season 1

True Detective {season 1}.  It’s my current obsession, except we watched the finale Wednesday night and now I’m not sure what I’ll do.  If and when the show returns there will be no more ponytailed/mustachioed Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle, and no more morally challenged Woody Harrelson as Marty Hart.  There will be new detectives and new stories, but I’m not sure I’m ready to let go of Rust and Marty.

This show is character driven.  The acting is incredible.  Matthew and Woody are just so good you want their characters to be a part of your life, or at least your Sunday nights, indefinitely.  The writing, well the writing is made of the stuff that keeps you up at night.  I should know.  After watching the finale, I didn’t sleep well.  This stuff, the stuff of “Silence of the Lambs” or “Se7en,” may be fiction, made for television, but we all know it’s real.  We all know there is unspeakable evil out there.  Maybe we just don’t want to think about it, but a show like this comes along, and we’re forced to think about it.

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The show starts with a murder and ends with hundreds more.  It takes place in three different time periods, starting in 1995 when a gruesome murder is committed and we follow the ongoing investigation by Cohle and Hart.  In the early 2000’s Cohle learns more crimes have been committed and there may have previously been a mistake made.  A big mistake.   Huge.  And then its modern day, where both Cohle and Hart are being questioned regarding the initial murder case and subsequent events, because there is new evidence that is pointing the police in Cohle and Hart’s direction.

It takes place in Louisiana, in the Bayou where things are a little slow, and the show also moves along a little slow.  But the writers are just planting seeds, and with each episode you learn a little more not only about Cohle and Hart, but about what kind of evil we may be dealing with, how many years this evil may span, and how many victims there may be.  Believe me, it’s pretty damn evil.

But you’ll have to watch for yourself to find out what it’s all about and if Cohle or Hart are involved.  There are so many questions during the show, like what the hell is “Carcosa” and who is the spaghetti faced man with green ears?  Who is the yellow king and how are the victims related?  Or are the victims related?  These and many other questions will be at the forefront of your mind.   And you won’t be able to stop watching until you find out where all the questions lead.

And who knows, maybe it’ll keep you up at night, too.

You can watch “True Detective” on HBO.com as part of a paid subscription service.

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