There are many tricks in HBO's True Detective, from surprise suspects to red herrings to unreliable narrators. The show’s greatest trick, however, is to convince us that it’s not a standard detective procedural. Take the opening credits: the camera pans slowly, deliberately across rural Louisiana. We see a cloud of dust kicking up in a lazy gust of wind, then the faint silhouette of a woman, then the transparent face of our detective, the smoke and metal of southern industry filling in the contours of his face. A wistful, Johnny Cash-style Western—"Far From Any Road"—plays in the background, a song that sounds exactly like its name. Indeed, we are not only far from any road, but far from the slick precision of CSI: Miami or the tidiness of Law & Order.
True Detective Review Summary
TheCroakingFrog says See It
What Hopped: gorgeous set, memorable performances, creepy mood What Croaked: formulaic clue-gathering, uneven pacing, conventional detective tropes
Recommendation Key: See It Now: see ASAP See It: see if you have time Skip It: see at your own risk Forget It: avoid at all costs