This article contains spoilers for “True Detective” Season 2. Agree with the writer’s defense? Couldn’t disagree more? Let us know in the comments. The first season of HBO’s “True Detective,” which aired in 2014, ended with Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) looking up at the night sky, lamenting the darkness. Still, Rust was optimistic: “You ask me, the light’s winning,” he said. Season 2 upended that optimism by transporting the series from Louisiana to Los Angeles, a place where the stars are smothered by smog. People hated it, complaining in particular about convoluted plotting, questionable casting and an unrelentingly bleak tone. The season was so widely considered a failure, that the fate of “True Detective” seemed to hang in the balance for almost two years before a third outing was confirmed. It debuts Sunday on HBO. But was Season 2 really that bad? This suspect was … [Read more...] about The Second Season of ‘True Detective’ Wasn’t as Bad as You Think. Here’s Why.
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“True Detective” Season 1 told us that time is a flat circle. “True Detective” Season 3 proves it. How many ways does the new season of HBO’s noir dirge return to familiar ground? The new case, like the first season’s, involves brooding Southern police and a horrifying crime against children. It takes place over three time periods, decades apart: an investigation, a re-investigation and a re-reinvestigation. We meet, again, hardscrabble poor folk and ambitious politicians; we find, again, creepy totems left at the crime scene and intimations of the occult. Even the jokes repeat themselves. In Season 2, Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) declared: “I support feminism. Mostly by having body issues.” Now, Roland West (Stephen Dorff) tries to persuade his partner, Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali), to go to a brothel, saying: “I’m a feminist. They want to sell me a piece of ass, they’ve got the right.” If you score “True … [Read more...] about Review: ‘True Detective’ Circles Back, Flatly
Mahershala Ali might've cracked the case for HBO of how to deliver a highly watchable and enticing third season of its "True Detective" series. The gripping first season of "True Detective" premiered in 2014 and starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The anthology series' second season with Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams was panned when it debuted the following year. The teaser trailer for Season 3 debuted Sunday. In it, the Oscar-winning star of 2016's "Moonlight" plays Wayne Hays, a detective from Northwest Arkansas. The season will depict a crime set in the Ozarks, and a mystery will play out in three separate time periods, HBO revealed last year. "My job ... there's no certainty," Ali's Hays says in the trailer where we see him investigating a scene and slamming the trunk of a car with a bound man inside. "My whole brain's a bunch of missing pieces," he says as the … [Read more...] about From the looks of the ‘True Detective’ Season 3 trailer, Mahershala Ali may solve slump
LOS ANGELES – In just two seasons, HBO’s “True Detective” has established a signature brand: dark criminal mysteries that explore the psyches of obsessive investigators who can’t let them go. But Season 3 (two-hour premiere Sunday, 9 EST/PST), which centers on an Arkansas state police detective (Mahershala Ali) searching for two missing children, offers a new ingredient: hope. “There’s a light about this season," especially in later episodes," says Ali, 44, who plays investigator Wayne Hays at three points in his life. "There’s a hope in this one that’s very different from the previous seasons.” Series creator Nic Pizzolatto agrees. “I’m not even sure this is properly noir, given where it goes.” Don’t worry. “Detective” isn’t turning into a rom-com. There’s still brooding atmosphere, a tragic crime, tangential casualties and collateral psychological … [Read more...] about ‘True Detective’ star Mahershala Ali: One troubled man, three eras in HBO’s Season 3
The winter television season — will that combination of words ever stop sounding strange? — is upon us in all its abundance. And it’s more abundant than ever. Here are 21 new and returning shows to keep an eye out for over the next few months. Of course that’s more than anyone can watch. In most cases it’s too early to tell which shows will pan out, but if you nailed me to a tree, I’d tell you to definitely make time for “High Maintenance,” “Shrill,” parts of “Documentary Now!” (especially the episodes titled “Original Cast Album: Co-op” and “Waiting for the Artist”) and, if you have children, a co-view of “Carmen Sandiego.” [Read about the best TV shows of 2018.] ‘When Heroes Fly’ Israeli TV series usually stick close to home, but this action thriller from Omri Givon (“Hostages”) ventures into the Colombian jungle, where four veterans of the Israeli … [Read more...] about Winter TV Preview: ‘True Detective,’ ‘Carmen Sandiego’ and 19 More Shows to Watch