So the first season of True Detective ended tonight. My feelings on this show are pretty conflicted. While most people seemed to fall in love immediately, I didn’t think much of the show until the fourth episode.
My inability to get sucked in early had to do with what I feel like were the season’s most glaring problems. The central murder mystery didn’t seem to matter, as least early on. The secondary characters didn’t have anything to do unless the plot needed them.
And yet I still really liked it? The things True Detective does well are better than pretty much any other show on television. The cinematography might be the best I’ve ever seen on TV. The acting from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson is absolutely incredible. The dialogue for Rust and Marty was excellent. The references to old weird fiction stories made for some really fun theories and added to the experience of the show.
While I wasn’t surprised that the ending to this season wasn’t particularly surprising, it was still a little disappointing. I wasn’t expecting Rust and Marty to actually fight Cthulhu in a brawl to the death; I was hoping for more than “generic creepy backwoods southerner is the main villain ” to be the resolution. I feel like the show had been setting up the finale to be on a greater scale, story-wise.
Like I said, True Detective is a complicated show for me. It had problems, but I wish it wasn’t over. Season 2 can’t start soon enough.