Mush Mind : 10 Reasons we are watching True Detective. True Detective is a fresh cop drama, having aired only 4 episodes in its first season on HBO. Not unlike other popular detective dramas, True Detective seeks to weave the personal & professional lives of a pair of Homicide Investigators, in this instance Louisiana State Police Investigators-- partners Rust Cohle ( Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson). Where this series has already diverged relative to others in the detective genre is in its slower than network pace and retrospective narrative style. In my opinion, these characteristics make True Detective's hook a bit more drawn out, but allows for more natural character development & subsequently a better, more mature cop drama.
Without playing spoiler to a show that is still in its first season, I'll give my list of 10 reasons why I love True Detectives (why I recommend it).
- True Detective is Damn Gritty
- Characters develop at a proper pace
- True detectives does not hold back in its display of graphic material which makes the backwoods feel more believable. Networks are restricted in what they can display in terms of graphic content. Not true on HBO.
- Backwoods and Bayou. The film work and scenery set in Louisiana is quite striking. Something about the desolation and filming near the Bayou gives the audience a chilled feeling of helplessness when watching.
- I must admit, its strange watching Woody Harrelson with hair in this show, but it'll grow on you :) . Harrelson is good. McConaughey is great. McConaughey's character is slow to develop, and much of the retrospective narrative revolves around figuring him out. This keeps the viewer hungry for more.
- More realistic Detective work. Most detective shows give their characters too high of a success rate, where every lead gives a clue and the detective always makes the right call-- totally unrealistic. In true detectives, Rust & Marty connect the dots at a pace that is more organic AND the audience never knows more than they do.
- Its fun to try to draw conclusions based on the retrospective narrative. Rust & Marty are independently recounting their work as detectives on a high profile case, and as viewers we try to find hints in their narrative.
- Rust & Marty's personalities couldn't be more contrasting. Morally free thinking, Quaalude induced, insomniac, ace case man & dick swinging, slightly drunk, closed minded, family man.
- McConaughey's character "Rust" may end up being polarizing in terms of audience popularity, but I really like this character and respect the Edgy + Ace Case Man + See Things for What they Are persona.
- In general, McConaughey and Harrelson are better actors than most detective shows have to offer. They have good voices for narration, and, as more experienced actors, they're scenes/ dialog are much longer takes (including episode 4's 6 minute extended take-- HEARTPOUNDING).