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True Detective

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:21 pm
by Melong
Has anybody else been following True Detective on HBO? Brilliant so far. And the acting, wow. Better than just about anything you can catch at the cinema these days.

Episode 5 airs tonight.

Re: True Detective

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:27 am
by gavriloP
This is an amazing show! I haven't been this mesmerized by a TV show in ages. By the time they mentioned The King in Yellow I knew this is gonna be the next Twin Peaks for me. It will take some serious turns, I presume.

Every aspect of this show has been so great. And like you said, it is very cinematic, just like films should be. The story itself has same kind of "literal" style like The Wire. They both seem like novels and I mean that in a good way.

I've seen 5 episodes and eagerly waiting for the next one!

With shows like this on the air, I think Lynch would have no problems doing more TV in the future.

Re: True Detective

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:44 am
by Rebel
gonna check it, matthew and woody great actors these days indeed! 8)

Re: True Detective

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:58 am
by Melong

Re: True Detective

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:47 pm
by Rebel
All I can say is WOW! that last eps. was really tops! but I dont think matthew will be on the second season of eps., am I right, why? dang! anyway, hope Woody will be. he's a great actor as well!

Re: True Detective

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:48 pm
by Melong
Different actors and story every season, I believe. Matthew sure deserved that oscar.

Re: True Detective

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:05 pm
by AgnililaOzwald
Does anyone know if there is going to be another season?

Re: True Detective

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:08 pm
by Rebel
Was reading up on that, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn might be in season 2,who knows? it's tight lipped. just wish Matthew and Woody would be in season 2 if it ever happens.

Re: True Detective

Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 12:26 pm
by AgnililaOzwald
hmm interesting...i think i'd also prefer if they use the same two actors...hopefully there'll be another season.

Re: True Detective

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:18 pm
by Rami Airola
I had hyper high hopes for True Detective as everyone seemed to love it. It ended up being one of the most disappointing tv series I have ever seen. I went through all the episodes, hoping it would get better. I recall the episode 5 being moderately interesting, and the final scene in the final episode was fantastic (in my opinion that was the only scene where the acting was brilliant while in the rest of the series it went from pretty ok to annoying - the annoying parts were mostly the present day interrogation scenes with McConaughey, there was something very much off for my liking).

Had I watched it on tv, week by week, I wouldn't have continued past the first episode. Well, maybe the episode ending "now let's start asking some real questions", or whatever he said, might've been an interesting "cliffhanger" to at least take a look at the second episode, but when those interesting questions didn't ever happen, I think the episode 2 would've been the last I would've watched. I subscribed to HBO Nordic just to see the show, so I thought I'd watch all the episodes. Perhaps it would get better, I thought, but it never really did apart from some moments on episode 5 and the ending scene of the whole series.

I've now read tons of articles and reviews about the series and still don't get what people see in it. Even some articles that criticize it are saying it's still a good show. And I've seen many people claiming that those who don't like it are just disliking it because it's trendy to dislike something popular (the last time was in the interview of John Thorne, the editor of Wrapped in Plastic - which actually made me look up if there would be a thread about this movie in this forum). I don't know if I should be offended by that claim or just to leave it be, but just like those who disliked the Twin Peaks series and/or Fire Walk with Me, their views can be 100% honest even if we love it.

I don't mind seeing slow "boring" shows, but usually even in real life people's boring lives include lots of small things that are interesting. In True Detective, both the case and the lives of the characters fell very flat to my liking.

Oh well, I guess it's cool that people love it.


I don't know what I should think about the second season. I remember not liking the first season of LOST at all, but found the cliffhanger interesting enough to take a peek at the second season, and suddenly the first episode hooked me instantly. Now, with True Detective it could be interesting to see where it all goes with the new view on life McConaughey's character had and with all the metaphysical things going on. But then again there will be new actors with new story. They could write a better story this time, but then again it's possible that it will be just the same but with new actors. I don't know... Maybe I should give the first episode of the second season a chance.

Re: True Detective

Posted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 2:05 am
by Rebel
well,thanks on your opinion,at least it beats these reality shows every person has different taste,that's my look on it.

Re: True Detective

Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:28 pm
by David Locke
I've been wanting to re-watch Season 1, but long after the initial viewing (as it aired) I'm still disappointed. To be sure, the first 5 episodes are very good, occasionally outstanding, with a great rich atmosphere to them and some beautiful photography. But the 6th episode shows signs of stagnation, and the last two just blow the whole thing to pieces. Suddenly we're being given exposition by the bucket-full, and suddenly the show is turning into a cliche-fest. The finale was especially mediocre. We get some incestuous hillbillies for villains (seen that -- they should have been more menacing); we get a horribly tedious, stock-standard action-scene showdown in which the heros are gravely wounded but nonetheless survive and kill the Bad Guy (seen that); and, worst of all, we get a terrible final scene in which an entire character is altered suddenly via deus ex machina to be exactly the philosophical opposite of what he always was, just so we can get a trite (and unearned) "happy" ending (seen that, too). The first 5 episodes were awfully intriguing, but man what a letdown. I can't understand the mounds of outsized praise this has been getting since January, as it's nowhere near the level of HBO masterpieces such as Sopranos, The Wire, Carnivale, Deadwood, or Six Feet Under. Still going to be tuning in for Season 2 though, of course, and it's much better than 99% of television right now. But this is no successor to the aforementioned shows, at least not based off the wildly inconsistent first season.

Re: True Detective

Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:27 am
by Melong
I also felt let down by the finale. I'm currently rewatching season 1 (episode 3 is next).

Re: True Detective

Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:49 am
by Melong
Season 2 premiere episode was a let down.

Re: True Detective

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:24 pm
by Jasper
Melong wrote:Season 2 premiere episode was a let down.


Indeed. I thought it was poorly directed, poorly written, disjointed, and quite ugly (meaning likely uglier than the intended scenic ugliness). The second one was less of a mess, though still not great. It was the same director. Let's hope it keeps improving and finds its way to someplace really good.

For me the first three or four episodes of season one were the peak.