I love True Detective, as anyone who reads my FB posts knows. My only critique - and it is a big one -- is the overly testosteronal nature of the writing. Matthew McConoughey's performance and the smartness of the plot generally offset that. Emily Nussbaum, however, makes a strong case that the lack of an exploration of the interiority of the women characters is too big an issue to overlook.
It is a show about a man who kills women pursued by two male detectives against a very dark landscape. None of the women characters on the show -- with the remarkable exception, particularly this week, of Detective Hart's wife -- are anything more than ancillary narrative asides, nubile bodies to fuck, to kill or to "defend their honor." I love this show, it is a pleasure to watch, dark and smart, but perhaps, ultimately, profoundly limited. Whenever I get the urge -- and it happens often, boosted by any examination of the strength of McConoughey's performance -- to name it the best TV show of 2014 thus far, I am deeply struck with the astonishing lack of exploration of the inner lives of the women characters, especially in contrast to the breathtaking richness of the Rust character played by McConoughey, and that, for me, is a pretty major deal breaker. Perhaps I'm overthinking this -- making a very good TV drama into the second coming of I, Claudius. True Detective is way more than just a great drama, but far less, I think, than one of the greatest TV shows of the decade. Maybe I should just luxuriate in the pleasure of the show in-the-now? But it is hard.
Right. In the end don't we all just want to be swept off our feet and ushered 'tween the sheets into a pundit's boudoir of strong opinion?
“This is the way the world ends/ This is the way the world ends …not with a bang but a lolcat"
He was worried that they would see him excreting liquid nitrogen #coldblooded
Brooklyn makes, the world takes
@brent_cox Christopher Caldwell, Daniel Radosh, William Monahan, Sam Sifton ...
@Gef the Talking Mongoose you are creeping me the fuck out
@Niko Bellic I'd rather be defenestrated than be caught in a club at my age.
I invested it all in my smarts. I thought that was a wise choice, that the people who let it all rise on beauty were playing a materialist, suckers game. BUT WHAT ABOUT ALZHEIMERS?!