True Detective: Season 1, Episode 1

The Long Bright Dark (12 Jan. 2014)

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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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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 »

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Major Ken Quesada holds up a copy of The Daily Advertiser from 1995, but the masthead simulates the design of the paper from 1997-2013. The masthead featured on the paper in 1995 would have been in an Old English typface. See more »

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Detective Rustin Cohle: People out here, it's like they don't even know the outside world exists. Might as well be living on the fucking Moon.
Detective Martin Hart: There's all kinds of ghettos in the world.
Detective Rustin Cohle: It's all one ghetto man, giant gutter in outer space.
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True Detective's superb pilot might be the start of another cinematic milestone in the golden age of television brought to us by HBO.
20 January 2014 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The thing that most likely will stick out to everyone who watches this show is its excellent use of setting. There are absolutely haunting locations, Louisiana appears dark and mysterious, even in bright daylight. The slight color correction adds to that, it looks old and forgotten. We have abandoned houses, churches, brothels in the woods, desperate and forgotten human beings among them. Key to the whole experience is the atmosphere. The cinematography by Adam Arkapaw is superb. The music is a big part of that too, a lot of contemporary music is to be found with a lot of quiet and haunting tunes that go with dialog.

Coming to the performances and the writing. Without a doubt Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson go great together. There is something between them that is not acting, as a viewer you can just feel that there is a general antipathy between them, which is something very hard to achieve and it shows how well these two work together, they are both absolutely superb actors doing the best they can. They're as different as they can be, but the passion and love they put into their job is the same and connects them. McConaughey's character might stand out, because of his mysterious and dark, depressive, pessimistic nature, his monologues and his view on life are astounding. Woody Harrelson's character is family friendly, he suffers, because of the job, yet wants to solve the case more than anything.

Overall, this might be one of the better pilots, if not one among the best pilots I personally have seen yet. True Detectives fantastic use of setting and locations, the great cinematography, detailed and passionate writing, the outstanding performances and the intriguing and involving story create a show that will definitely stand out in the future. This might be our next super-show à la 'Breaking Bad' or 'Mad Men'

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