THE LONG BRIGHT DARK is the first episode in HBO’s new crime drama series TRUE DETECTIVE (2014) that aired on Jan 12th. The series stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. From media sources, the first episode was a ratings win for HBO. I ran across a favorable review and decided to watch it (for those with HBO to Go you can watch this episode, too).
The tag line for the series says Man is the cruelest animal.
The brain child behind this mini-series is author Nic Pizzolatto who wrote GALVESTON (2010), a well received mystery novel and 2010 Edgar finalist that’s set in “the seedy wastelands of Galveston.” Pizzolatto is also the sole writer and showrunner for TRUE DETECTIVE. The show’s format is a bit different with Harrelson and McConaughey portraying detectives discussing a serial killer case from 17 years ago. The two detectives are interviewed separately. There’s some history between the two men and some sort of falling out. TRUE DETECTIVE incorporates the serial killer trope and promises to be a long drawn out story. While I think the serial killer storyline is played out, I’m curious to know what the producers will bring new to table with this one. The series is set in Louisiana and the scenery is nice.
While I am not engrossed, the first episode is a hell of a promising start. The crime drama can be philosophical at times and it takes full advantage of its quiet moments. The biggest draw for me is its two movie stars. The acting by the show’s main stars is stellar, too. There are 8 episodes slated for this season and I am looking forward to the next one. You all can catch TRUE DETECTIVE on HBO on Sunday nights at 9PM your local time.
Another show that used the serial killer trope but tweaked it to make it more interesting was BBC’s THE FALL that stars Gillian Anderson. So, well-worn tropes can offer something refreshing from time to time. Let’s see what TRUE DETECTIVE does. Here’s the trailer.
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