REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E8/8)

How many crime dramas can boast a two-time Oscar winner as their lead actor? It was probably an accidental convergence of schedules that saw True Detective air throughout the same period as awards season, but it can’t have harmed this season’s chances having somebody so high profile as Mahershala Ali in the driving seat. A…

REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E7/8)

Think back to a time without the internet and you could watch television with its surprises intact. That’s become less and less of an option these days unless you care to live under a rock; a standard tactic of any studio’s marketing department to regularly spoil their own storylines in the hope of a few…

REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E6/8)

This sixth episode of True Detective is titled Hunters In The Dark and that’s largely how it feels as we enter this final third of the season – as viewers, we still have a lot to learn. The myriad strands of the case are slowly coalescing but we are no wiser to the fate of Julie…

REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E5/8)

The expectation with any anthology series is the stories contained within it are suitably different, but at the same time, familiar. The vagaries of success can sometimes inform the course of the format’s narrative, however. This is where the lines cross in this third season of True Detective – with enough mileage behind it now…

REVIEW: TRUE DETECTIVE (S3 E4/8)

One unifying feature in coverage of this third season of True Detective is the collective relief in seeing the show return to former glories (of course, your mileage may vary on the strength of that ill-fated sophomore run). Despite sadly dwindling audience numbers, it reflects well on showrunner Pizzolatto that he cares enough about his…

REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E3/8)

As indications of a loss in faith go, it was pretty definitive – the viewing figures both here and Stateside for the opening episodes of True Detective’s third season were way down on those of its sophomore premiere. It would seem the series has a long way to go to shore up the confidence of…

REVIEW: True Detective (S3 E1&2/8)

The phenomenon of True Detective is primarily based around its flawless first season, which was widely regarded as a modern-day classic of crime drama (and we agreed – it was the winner of our Top Crime Dramas of 2014). The inspired casting of its lead actors Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey combined with a labyrinthine…

Review: True Detective (S2 E8/8), Monday 10th August, Sky Atlantic

And so it all came to this. One of the most talked about, maligned, high-profile crime dramas of recent years headed into its finale with the critics erring on the side of negativity, and with its viewership thoroughly divided. Throughout its heavily layered, slowish pace and unrelenting gloominess, it lost people I knew who had…

Review: True Detective (S2 E7/8), Monday 3rd August, Sky Atlantic

There was a real sense of characters clearing the decks in this, the penultimate episode of the second series of True Detective, which, for narrative cohesion and pace, did the whole thing no end of good. Like the city of Los Angeles the story is set in, there are many layers to this story. Let’s face it…

Review: True Detective (S2 E6/8), Monday 27th July, Sky Atlantic

I’m happy to admit that I wasn’t looking forward to this episode. Knowing HBO’s penchant for gratuitous nudity, the prospect of Ani Bezzerides going undercover at an Eyes Wide Shut-style sex party made me uneasy. I was expecting wall-to-wall, highly stylised cavorting the likes of which would make Game Of Thrones blush. Throughout these past…

Review: True Detective (S2 E5/8), Monday 20th July, Sky Atlantic

Last week’s episode employed shock and awe tactics to jolt us out of any potential lull we were feeling during this second series of True Detective. The shoot-out was a finely choreographed mess, but a jolt it was nonetheless. Some would argue you shouldn’t need this kind of explosive scene to bring a series to…

Review: True Detective (S2 E4/8), Monday 12th July, Sky Atlantic

In episode four of the first series of True Detective there was an urgent escalation. Rust Cohle went undercover to a drug dealer’s house and, himself strung out on all kinds of narcotics, involved himself in a terrifying, single-track shoot-out that became the stuff of legend. It was singularly the most intense scene I’ve ever…