True Detective: Season 1, Episode 8

Form and Void (9 Mar. 2014)

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An overlooked detail provides Hart and Cohle with an important new lead in their 17-year-old case.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Childress
Steve Geraci (as Michael J. Harney)
Veronica Hunsinger-Loe ...
Lilly Hill
Billy Lee Childress


Rust and Marty continue their search for the man with the scarred face. Marty notices that in a crime scene photo, one of the houses had been recently painted - green, as in the green-eared monster. They locate the former owner who remembered having the house painted that year and thanks to tax records, learn that the company was owned by the Childress family. They visit the last registered business address and descend into a hellish labyrinth from which they will have to fight to survive. Written by garykmcd

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S1: Engagingly brooding show despite not being as smart or deep as it thinks, and not always being willing to earn what it wants to be
6 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is tough to approach television shows without getting absorbed in assumptions and expectations; it is a good problem to have because it is partly that we are very much living in a golden age of television shows, with very high standards and shows willing to take more risks. This is the reason why I try not to know more than I have to going in – if I hear more or less that something is good and it sounds interesting, then I'll go for it, but I prefer to take it as I find it, not as collective wisdom says it is. I do not mean this is a snobbish way, just the opposite in fact since it is clear that I am in the minority by only thinking this show was pretty good – the majority of viewers have almost total praise for it and the rating for the first season a close to a perfect 10 out of 10.

So it feels odd to have enjoyed a show but still be on the outside looking in for the mass audience slapping each other on the back with praise for how clever and deep they and everyone else is. This is how it feels though to read the comments from amateur and professional writers alike but, like I said, I should not worry how others see it but just focus on my own experience of it. From the very start this was one of engagement; the dark tone creating a sense of brooding violence and it sits well below the patient tone. While the dense dialogue and rather supernatural ramblings of Rust could have seen me laughing at it for its pretentiousness, it did not do this but actually it drew me in as I was curious to follow it and trusted it enough to go with it.

The quality of this delivery did a lot for the story because it felt dense, it felt satisfying and serious. The performances are very strong from the lead two and the depth of quality can be judged by how many names and faces you know down the supporting cast. This continues into the technical delivery as the show looks fantastic and the cinematography manages to make even a sunny day look like it is murky and filled with dread; and of course that famous 6-minute tracking shot is a masterclass in steadicam use and tension. Where I draw the line is refusing to buy every word of it, because frankly the material is not as smart or as deep as it thinks it is. It may be a grown-up detective show but ultimately it does play on familiar themes, it does forget things when it is convenient and it doesn't always have depth to the degree that it suggests it does – and this is a show that really leans on its seriousness.

Again, I did enjoy it for the brooding and serious nature, for the dense mystery that drew me in by working across such a long time and coming from both ends at the same time, however it does wear these things like a badge of honor and at times it feels like it wants to be a certain way without always earning it. It is engaging but it is imperfect and for sure you are best served by putting all the high praise out of your mind before you watch it.

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