Sunday, April 20, 2014

True Detective - 真 偵探 - Season 1

True Detective (真 偵探) Season 1 is an HBO television series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Season 1 ended a little more than a month ago. I didn't have HBO, but I caught parts of the first episode during a free preview weekend in January. The first two to three episodes were very slow and I wasn't sure if I would want to finish. So I watched bits and pieces of it to before episode 4 and 5 really got me hooked that I actually wanted to binge watch episodes 6-8.

The series is about two detectives working a homicide in 1995 all the way up to present times in 2012. A "satanic" ritual murder happened and they go looking for killer or killers. When they "solve" the mystery in 1995, they got a heroes send off. However, years later, while working another case, they find that they may not have gotten the right guy. Along the way, the show gives us a glimpse into the lives of these two detectives. It spans 17 years so it is a mini-epic of sorts.

In the end, the chase of not only their primary suspect, but how their lives are changed by this chase is just as fascinating. The series doesn't do that much gore, but the subject matter is grotesque of human nature and how low it can go.

Not a lot of Asians in this series. Not a lot of people in general, but they were generally white and black folk. The two detectives chat about the case in a banh mi sandwich shop during the season, pretty much nothing else.

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