We need a True Detective finale discussion post if only so I can find a support group in the comments. What did you think?! Too conclusive, not conclusive enough? Did they ever address their woman problem? What will happen in season two? Who was the real villain: a sinister cabal of abusers and murderers, or HBO Go?
My take: I live in San Francisco, and there was an earthquake exactly halfway through my viewing of the episode, so if Nic Pizzolatto failed to achieve the right amount of foreboding and atmospheric dread, Mother Nature filled that right in.
There's a "True Detective" folder on my desktop for all my screengrabs from the show, including a dozen of Cohle's forearm tattoo alone — I can alllllmost see it, okay I can see it better now, okay that's a little better? But then I realized it's probably easier to just Google that tattoo, which I did, which led me to Instagram, which is where I learned that the dude who designed the tattoo (Joshua Lord, from Graceland tattoos in Brooklyn) apparently also designed Reggie Ledoux's tattoos, and in response to questions (also on Instagram) about whether he'd intended to make the face on Reggie's chest look like [...]
So let's say your obsession with True Detective almost frightens you. That it feels like you'd do anything for this show, that the show controls you. That given the opportunity you'd forsake your own body to be a pair of eyeballs watching True Detective on repeat until the end of time (which is flat). Anyway, so let's say you like True Detective, and when there are no more True Detective episodes to watch (before rewatching the True Detective episodes you've watched already), you scratch at the internet for something, anything, to feed your True Detective hunger.
If that is the case, here are some links and videos to add to your collection.
Writer, creator, [...]
Edith Zimmerman: LOGAN. What did you think of this show? We watched all of it yesterday in your apartment, and I originally brought the screeners over thinking it would be fun because HBO is generally fun, and the show seemed like a light-n-easy watch, but then it kind of steamrolled me. I'd thought we'd at most watch three episodes, but then we watched the whole thing—all six episodes—pretty much without stopping, and we didn't even look at each other between episodes five and six (the last two). Admittedly they were all pretty short, but I'd had no idea. This was in many ways the most transfixing show I've ever [...]
Something happened last week in the True Detective response ether: up to this point, online discussion had mostly rotated around the McConnaissance, the aesthetics, or the thickening mythology. But we woke up last Monday to a slew of pieces on the treatment of women on the show—see Slate’s Willa Paskin, and
[N.B. I have never seen True Detective.]
Camera pans over a bayou or maybe a wooden shack. There's a dead body inside the shack. Still warm.
WOODY HARRELSON: It's incredible that they got us two mega stars to be in this TV show.
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY: All right all right all right all right.
HARRELSON: We also look alike.
[VOICEOVER: But which one of them will be—the TRUE detective?]
Camera pans over a wooden shack or a diner. There’s a dead body still inside the shack, less warm. The diner has good grits.
HARRELSON: I am better at this job because [...]
Mix and match least 10?
– Dead or dying animals
– Dead or dying people
– Twisted sex, especially incest
– Teenage girls and/or women with ASTOUNDINGLY fantastic hair
– Rituals with masks