True Detective: Flawed Finale to a Classic Series

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Posted by: Newswalle

If you thought it had something to do with Woody Harrelson’s father-in-law – and this doesn’t constitute a spoiler, because that was too off-base to ever be possible – you were wrong.

In fact, just about every theory that cropped up online speculating about the finale of HBO’s terrific True Detective (and inspiring writers to mention the notorious ending of Lost) was wrong.

Now onto some real spoilers.
Die Auflösung des weitläufigen Geheimnis, wer beging die ritualisierten serielle Tötung von jungen Frauen und Kindern aufgewachsen, mit überraschenden Direktheit, aus dem letzten Schuss des früheren, siebten Folge: Es schien, vor allem auf die Arbeit der so genannten sein scarred man, whom we had glimpsed on a ride-a-mower in a cemetery (we’d seen him much earlier in the series, again on a ride-a-mower).

Former detectives Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey caught and killed the Scarred Mann in den Eingeweiden, what appeared to be his personal fortress. than gruesome crypt for his many, many victims to be served

In the aftermath, Harrelson and McConaughey both realized that this was a terrible man was not the whole story – what about the other characters dressed up in this old grainy video? Who shot the video? Who, in the end, was the Yellow King? (Was it Scarred Man?)

And who, in a diabolical misapplication of folk craft, created all those little twig “devil traps” and littered them all over Louisiana? They could have been sold in gift shops.

Maybe this was all answered and I misunderstood. But I had just rewatched the entire series – and loved it – so I hope not.

Not True Jessica FletcherThe problem isn’t that True Detective concluded without rounding up every clue and pinning them down like insects on corkboard – that’s true to metaphysics of the show and his sense that mankind, nature, time and space are basically empty, terrible things that you never, ever like on Facebook. (Although McConaughey, who was the one espousing these views with an almost ascetic priestliness, by the end had a sense of meaning glimpsed in the very face of death. Like!) This is not True Jessica Fletcher.

What was wrong with the finale was Scarred man himself, a psychotic hillbilly Neanderthal capable of pulling off a completely believable British accent for the amusement of his girlfriend, a silent, open-mouthed slob.

Apparently a hoarder and a psychopath, Scarred man lived in a dilapidated house with books and antique dolls filled – what is it with psychopaths and antique dolls? – while he turned the grounds into a shrine to his own disgusting wickedness.

Apart from the fact that Mr. and Ms. Scarred Man never shook my impression that they were two actors dressed in sacks and liberally smeared with grease, I just don’t think a deranged psychopath who hoards, facial expressions Cary Grant from the TV and kills and kills again can or should carry as much of the weight of True Detective eight-part story – one that is so beautiful, but a confusing convincing pattern of clues skizziert , then encouraged us to connect them like stars in a constellation.

And “beautifully” is the right word here.

True Detective was certainly, convincingly, one of the most atmospheric productions I’ve ever seen. Everything was rotting and lazy: abandoned schools, a rusty wild pony, old tires piled up, stripper clubs, biker clubs, burned churches and such vicious traps.

McConaughey’s musings about man inevitably losing out to vegetation, decay and decline were perfectly attuned to this place – the crimes, too, seemed to spring from decay, decline and fundamental corruption, even among the rich and the powerful.

Atmosphere isn’t enough a secret to tell, though. True Detective deposited plenty of clues or hints – Tantalizers – in this swamp like sediment or silt. Viewers had to deal with very little that was tangible, and yet, only the voltage (and the wild theories) was added. We barely knew the victim, and hardly knew the criminals.

The name Reggie Ledoux was crucial, but he no sooner brought in his big scene to life, muttering crazy about “black star” when he was gone. The Yellow King, Carcosa, names of now-dead sheriffs and people who knew people – the details were always evocative and incredibly vague.

But the framework of the narrative was clever. It helped contain and define the Big Eternal Swamp: Both the timeframe and the perspective were fragmented, with McConaughey and Harrelson separately recalling the original case and their history together on the force.

Honorable ActingAnd the acting was superb. McConaughey, coming off his Oscar year has won the highest praise for his Rust Cohle. With his terrible knowledge of the world, Rusty had become a living martyr to this realization.

McConaughey looked like a businessman pulling his frail carcass on the road of grief. Harrelson is Marty Hart was ready to strike deals with in order to survive the shabbiness of police work – cheating on his wife was a release valve – but he’s just a comic foil to Saint Rust never was. He had his own torments, and he grimaced and sweated through them.

And Michelle Monaghan, as betrayed and very angry wife Marty, was probably the most interesting character of all. Your bluntly calculated act of revenge seemed to instincts they do not understand or know they had to draw.

Even with the decrease in the finale, the show. Well into the ranks of the great TV mysteries Für mich wäre Twin Peaks, die noch tiefere Gedanken über die Existenz geteilt und machte keinen Sinn mehr als eine Erbse auf einem Hut, Veronica Mars Staffel 1, Helen Mirren Prime Suspect, und im vergangenen Jahr allein, Broadchurch (derzeit für die angepasst sind FOX), Gillian Anderson’s The Fall and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock.

My hope is that, on second viewing, the finale falls better into place. Regardless of the rest of True Detective is so good, you should binge see it as soon as possible.

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