By Shivam Sharma (Delhi, India)


Synopsis: True Detective is an American television crime drama series featuring the lives of two detectives, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart getting entangled in a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana.

True Detective, written and created by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga, is one of the most intriguing detective stories I’ve ever witnessed. The theme is very much satanic and the mood of the series is consistently disturbing throughout. It supports its tagline: “Man is the cruelest animal” very convincingly as all the characters are grey and no one is actually a hero in it. The references to the Yellow king and the hallucinations of Cohle suggest the supernatural element but in the end everything ends with perfect simplicity as it should have without giving us any God-Satan battle bullshit.

The dialogues are written with brilliance and especially the characters with different shades add to the Gothic and disturbing mood of the TV series. Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle takes the show to a whole another level with his presence, dialogue delivery with that Texas accent and acting skills, playing probably the most pessimist protagonist ever portrayed on television and that adds on to the complexity of the character as well as that of the show. Also, not to forget his smoking style and that can never get any cooler than this! Woody Harrelson as Marty Hart brings a little bit of a comic element in the show which is actually very limited. He’s just a regular guy detective who doesn’t know what he wants but ultimately hits the bullseye.

True Detective is not a regular crime drama, it has references to the supernatural, the satanic rituals and at times to the horror genre. A detective story of a single case told in 8 hours, makes it quite evident that it’s done in a detailed manner as it takes the audience to a disturbing journey steadily, with no rush to reach the end, like a dream. And like a lot of dreams there’s a monster at the end of it..!!*

Favorite quotes:

Rust Cohle

“If the only thing keeping a person decent 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.”

“Death created time to grow the things that it would kill.”

“Well, once there was only dark. If you ask me, the light’s winning.”


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