Thursday, 3 July 2014

If You Still Haven't Watched True Detective...

If you still haven't watched the first season of HBO anthology drama series True Detective, you have some catching up to do.

But don't worry, the show is in a format that it would appeal to your fascination even if you watch it a century later. There is a lot of feminist criticism of the show too, but probably that's the world of the story.

There are a few reasons why this show is different and offers you something that very few other things on TV do.

How You Tell It 

When you look at it, storytelling is telling the same story in a thousand different ways. You would be able to appreciate True Detective when you look at it from this perspective.

Food for Thought 

Despite its murkiness and dreamy air, True Detective offers you something that many contemporary drama series fail to deliver. And philosophy that stings as it makes you think. 

It offers you food for thought, and it offers you food for thought in conversation. It reflects on philosophy in a backdrop that makes it resounding.

Massive Star Power 

For many people, well to me at least, the very thought that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are appearing together on screen is orgasmic enough. But then again, to a lot of people these are the actors they love to hate. In that case, it's not your cup of tea, perhaps.

The Occult Deep South Setting 

One of the most fascinating aspects of the premise of this season has been its Deep South setting. The season is based and shot in Louisiana, which adds to the dark air of the story. There are not only references to the Occult, but also to Weird Literature, which the fans of the latter should watch out for.


If irony is your idea of entertainment, then True Detective is going to offer it in good supply. As a matter of fact, explaining the irony of the show would require a minute by minute analysis. You can either not spot it or there it is, right in plain sight all along.

True Detective is a break from your usual TV razzmatazz. And for someone hooked to Nic Pizzolatto's True Detective, it even includes top shows such as Breaking Bad.

But then again, for a nihilist, so is True Detective.

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