True Detective (2014– )
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The Long Bright Dark 

In 2012, former detective partners, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart recap one of their very first cases together involving a serial killer, back in 1995.



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Erath Woman (as Jennifer Dawson)
Detective Lutz (as JD Evermore)


Some 17 years after they worked on a case together, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, then with the Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division are re-interviewed about a case they worked together. They had only been partners for a few months when a naked woman's body was found in a farmer's field. She was posed kneeling before a tree with a crown of deer antlers on her head. The victim is identified as Dora Lange who, as Cohle had predicted, worked as a prostitute. Hart is a family man who does his best to get to know his new partner but Cohle reveals little of himself other than he is divorced and had a child who died. In the course of their investigation, they take an interest in another case, that of Marie Fontenot, a young girl who disappeared some time ago. They may have also found a link between the two cases. Written by garykmcd

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According to the show's creator, Nic Pizzolatto, Matthew McConaughey "has this incredibly complicated chart of where Rust Cohle is emotionally and physically at every beat of those 17 years." See more »


The American flag hanging against the wall in the police station is displayed incorrectly with the blue field in the upper right corner. Later, the flag is shown properly displayed with the blue field in the upper left corner. See more »


Rustin Cohle: I know who I am. And after all these years, there's a victory in that.
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References Lone Star (1996) See more »


Rocks and Gravel
Performed by Bob Dylan
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Last Year It Was Breaking Bad. This Year It Is True Detective. Both Are Mind Boggling Stuff. ♦ 92%
23 February 2014 | by (the Entertainment Capital of India) – See all my reviews

That's what I feel after watching the premiere of HBO's latest TV series. I was taken aback by the style, the simplicity, the two lead characters & mostly the people who play them. At the end of the hour, after the final scene delivered so flawlessly by Matthew McConaughey, I decided and set my mind that this year, it is gonna be True Detective. My source of thrills, excitement & revolutionary entertainment.

Nic Pizzolatto has come out of nowhere and delivered a season premiere that is both charming & enigmatic at the same time. Two detectives going around solving a case in 1995 are brought back here in 2012 to talk shop. Why? Find it out yourselves because that is the point where you'll sit back in your swivel chair, if you are going to binge watch like me.

I check out the Wikipedia article and it tells me how every season is gonna have different actors & characters. How immense can it get now?

BOTTOM LINE: 2014 has been a good year for me. True Detective is maybe one reason. Am I using hyperbole?

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