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Hands down one of the bests overall seasons of any show I've ever watched. The acting, the characters, the gloomy/creepy story. It sucks you right in and you can't help but stay hooked all through the eight episodes. It's a shame the story ends after only eight but it never gets dull and comes to a satisfying conclusion. I can't believe anyone could give this show a proper review before watching it all the way through. Though, I was impressed right from the first episode.
Seriously? After a brilliant season 1 the producers could only muster up only 1 thing from season 1 that was to get a mind blowing cast. That's it. Rest of it is awful. From story to conclusion. Monotone the whole season. This wasn't true detection this was laziest cop work at finest. Also this wasn't out of the box either, the sympathetic characters must be killed just put viewers in aw. Nobody goes in aw with season that was built on the foundations of crap.
I'd love it if the fleeting Leven Rambin's character actually turned out to be the major player in the scheme. But I do like an intense noir and I love how they portray the city like this nasty, dirty, hot, damp hellhole where nobody can be a good person. I'll be very glad if they manage to pull the high stakes of this premise through *cough*TheBridge*cough* and the second season will be a work of art in its own right.
Same powerful imagery - true film art -, but totally wrong selection of actors. Actors should carry the show, helped by impressive artistic visuals. Writing falls apart too. Actors feel like faint holograms, almost not there. Maybe HBO should have framed Season 1 as best that cannot be surpassed.
I was interested in the show because of who was starring in it (first season had Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) but it quickly hooked me. The production was fantastic, the locations were creepy and realistic, while the acting was superb. I would often forget it was a show when I was watching it, the plot was really great. I was sad that the first season was so short, but the season was satisfying. The story was creative and just complicated enough. I am looking forward to the second season.
Initially, I found this series alright but kind of boring and I was wishing there was a bit more detective work going on instead of all the 'Days Of Our Lives' issues that the series focused on. However by the end it certainly delivered.
Woody Harrelson plays an excellent Marty Hart, I had no problems with this character.
Matthew McConaughey on the other hand had an interesting character in Rustin Cohle but my main issue is his slurred and at times too quiet speech and vocal use(it was the same in the movie Interstellar). Mr McConaughey as an actor has so much potential if only he would sort out his spoken word skills. At times he was hard to understand and I was glad for the digital age, so I could go back, turn up the volume, crane my head towards the speaker and decipher what it was he was saying(often). The character tries to speak as little as possible but it's through Marty he's often forced to make a speech he may not have otherwise given. So with the dialogue in mind it would be nice for the audience sake to deliver the spoken word audibly and with better delivery of his words. It's not that hard to open your mouth a little more and round vowels and the result is better delivery of spoken words.
The main aspect of the show that kept me watching was the creepy background story of the satanic cult and 'what are these twig sculptures all about?'(That's not a spoiler, it's all through the series and will have you wondering as well if you have not seen the show yet).
Over all I give the series a 7 as it was well directed and the characters were believable. It lost points for the poor delivery of dialogue on Mr McConaughey's part and for a show titled 'True Detective', not enough detective work(which is the primary reason I watch a detective series).
I tend to like gloomy crime series, where felonies are not glamorized and detectives do not look wealthy fashion models, but as for the plot, there are 2 options for me: either the evildoer is latent to the very end, or he/she is known from the beginning and one can follow his/her actions and law enforcement efforts to catch and punish. Here, the content is focused on detectives only - in past and present, the pace is protracted, and the essence of the crime and the offender's person were evident too soon. Thus, both the pre-ending and ending are rather trivial as well.
True, Matthew McConaughey as Detective "Rust" Cohle and Woody Harrelson as Detective "Marty" Hart are splendid, there is a good chemistry between them regardless how they get along, but the rest are just good (perhaps due to non-elaborated characters), and there is no fitting antagonist present who could provide intensity and witty nuances to potential cat-and-mouse play.
And last but not least: the almost 8 hours is too much, it could have been easily shorter twice, or a 2-3 hours TV-movie.
What else can be said about a show so sinister in it's premise, so dark in its story, that's ultimately delivered so brilliantly, other that it's pure genius. This is the Television that viewers want. Suspense, intrigue, characters that are flawed but likable and believable, and that gives you a story with an absolutely amazing beginning, middle and ending.
I wish all major networks would move away from 22 and 24 episode seasons and move to 8, 11 or 13 episodes like AMC, STARZ, and HBO and Showtime. It allows for much more concise writing, better overall stories, and episodes that impact more.
I never liked either actor but they're fantastic together in this. Maybe not as "fun" as Fargo but every bit as good or better in its own way. These recent miniseries-style shows are putting contemporary movies to shame - I'm off to Top of the Lake next to see how it stacks up, and hoping our library picks up The Fall.
I'm mystified though by what a second season of TD - or Fargo for that matter - might look like...
Awesome show! Perfect in every department Cast is great , story is awesome. Even the 90s are well depicted and justified. Importantly the twists in the plot are too often but still very very unpredictable. Great show but BEWARE OF SPOILERS
This is what comes from having one talented writer and one talented director handling every episode. A cohesive, perfect story with a very clear beginning, middle, and end. Fantastic performances by the two leads and it will be hard for anything else to top this. (Though I do think it is unfair for it to be running in the Best Drama category)
I wish i hadn't watched this alone, it's rather nightmare inducing, and I'm a fan of a lot of crime shows so I've seen some hinky sociopaths acted out on screen. But this is WHACK!!!
What is most unique about this show though is, of course, the way the story is told. The piece by piece flashbacks, the deceptions, the personal stories entwined in the case, the suspicions and the unique characters played by both stunning actors. It's dark, it's weird and it's wonderful.
Not your average cop drama, this crime show will have you wondering what is going on and who dunnit right to the very end. But maybe watch it with a friend....
I disliked this series. I believe it lacked substance or intrigue and tried too hard to be deep and meaningful. The premise of a hunt for a serial killer, the soundtrack, the far-too-many scenic shots and the 'good' acting does not affect my opinion, however much a minority it is, that this series lacks a gripping story. There are too many unanswered questions and yet I didn't mind not knowing the answers.
This was one of my highlights between all the pulp Breathless The acting was so good ! The ending came as a blow and left me with so many questions . Never to be answered . A season 2 without these actors ? They have a hell of job to live up to this season
It did take a while for me to get absorbed into the style, however these two great actors play very well together. I hated to see season 1 end. I'm ready for them to take on another adventure! I Hope they both will be back!! It won't be the same without them Well Done Everyone!
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