Due to HBO’s True Detective’s nature, I watched the show out of order. What I mean by that is that I watched season three first. Why? Well, when you put Mahershala Ali and Scoot McNairy in a series together, I’m going to be drawn to that season. While I certainly enjoyed season three, everyone expressed that season one was the definition of perfection. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson together? Could be good. I decided to give it a whirl and let me tell you, whoever decided to put McConaughey and Harrelson together is a genius.
The Heart of The Show
Similar to season three, season one begins with a crime and focuses on the events of the past and the present day. At some point, in the middle of the season; the focus shifts to present day and the story goes from there. McConaughey plays detective Rustin “Rust” Cohle and Harrelson plays detective Martin “Marty” Hart. The two men, though both strong in their convictions; are very much different. While Hart is a family man who acts on his wandering eye, Rust is a loner who can be very intense at times.
I have to say that I enjoyed every episode this season. Each one felt more intense than the last and if you’ve watched the show, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Between Rust’s personality, Hart’s violent temper, and the actual case at hand, you’re allowed just enough time to breathe before being plunged into the madness once more. For one of the episodes, one that you probably know exactly what I’m talking about; the ending had me so incredibly on edge that I couldn’t believe I was witnessing such an intense and extreme scene. And they pulled it off. Shit, they pulled it off.
What made this season so special was the relationship between Rust and Hart. Despite how different the two were and the huge blowouts they had, the two were always meant to solve the case together. Not only that, but they were the only two people in the world who truly understood the other. Sure, they had differences in values and approach, but these two powerhouse actors delivered some of the best TV I’ve ever seen. How has it taken me this long to see True Detective season one?
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