The Long Bright Dark

A screen shot of HBO's True Detective with Matthew MConaughey and Woody Harrelson standing by a tree looking at the body of the victim

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey star in HBO’s True Detective

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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16 Responses to The Long Bright Dark

  1. I reacted similarly to you, and wondered if I would have liked it as well if the actors had been unknowns.

  2. Col says:

    I’ll keep an eye out for this should it appear over here…..currently watching American Horror and Criminal Minds. Didn’t complete Homeland 3 – got a bit fed-up with it.

    Another book on the wish-list – cheers for that! Like I need it….

  3. Keishon – I was wondering if this one was going to be a good series. I’m glad that so far it’s worth watching. I’ll be interested in in your thoughts as it goes on.

  4. TracyK says:

    I am interested in this series, hope you do a summary post. We won’t watch it for a while because we don’t get HBO.

  5. Rebecca says:

    I’ll keep this on my watch-list (and I keep meaning to get to The Fall and Top of the Lake).

  6. Zara Keane says:

    I’m definitely interested enough to watch the second episode. :D

  7. Claire Duffy says:

    Ooh interesting! I’ve been seeing so many rave reviews of this around various social media feeds, it’s definitely on my to-give-the-pilot-a-go-at-least list!

  8. Keishon, I don’t know if this will be aired by HBO in India or any of the other cable networks, but I hope it is. I’d certainly like to see it. Woody Harrelson is a fine actor.

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