The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Not SEEING or Feeling AnyTHINGS


In episode 2, “True Detective” continues to exhibit wonderful acting and brilliant writing.  Woodey Harrelson in particular impressed me in this episode.  One scene that pops into my mind is when he was at the bar with some coworkers.  It was a very short scene; however, it told a lot about the character of Marty Hart (played by Harrelson).  He told a joke, laughed it off, and took a swig of his beer.  Harrelson’s particular motions and the way he emphasized certain words made his character come to life.  Hart had a distinct personality and way of approaching life.  Harrelson was Harrelson no more, but Hart, the true detective.

The character of Rust Cohle reminds me (maybe a little too much) of Sherlock Holmes.  He solves crimes.  He is brilliant.  He is anti-social.  He does narcotics.  The character of Cohle just seems so unoriginal to me.  I feel like the writer/creator, Nic Pizzolatto, is just setting this Sherlock Holmes character in another time and place.  We’ve already seen so many Sherlock Holmes crime shows.  I want to see something different, something new.

Yet again, I found myself getting bored watching this episode.  And I think I’ve figured out why.  I don’t really like the characters.  Hart is a dirty, cheating man and a borderline misogynist towards his wife.  And Cohle is relatively aggressive and rude.  They seem both unoriginal (these types of characters are being overused nowadays) and unappealing.  I don’t sympathize with them because I don’t like them, and I almost want them to fail and learn a life lesson.  In regards to the overall show, everything is just so serious, yet I don’t take it seriously enough.  I’m not filled with suspense or wonder in regards to this mystery killer.  I don’t care if this crime is solved.  I don’t care about the characters.  I’m apathetic towards the show, which is not something the creators would want.  I’m going to give “True Detective” one more episode before I officially decide to throw in the towel.

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