From Jason Lief
Last week we started watching a new show, still trying to find a replacement for Breaking Bad. I've read reviews of True Detective, but I'm not a fan of Woody Harrelson or Matthew McConaughey so we never watched. With a busted up knee, and a bit of t.v. desperation, I relented. The show is set in Lousiana—McConaughey and Harrelson play partners in a Louisiana state crime unit. The show is part testimony, part flashback. We hear the main characters talking to other detectives about a case they investigated back in the early 90's. A serial killer, prostitutes, drug gangs... the usual. What drives the show is less the specifics of the case and more the character study. McConaughey plays a jaded, cynical, detective who lost his family. His approach to the world is rational and pessimistic. At one point he refers to human consciousness as evolution's mistake. We weren't meant to become self conscious and now we're dealing with the effects of thinking that life is meaningful, that we're meaningful, that any of use have any importance at all. Harrelson plays a family man who is loosely religious—a Roman Catholic—with a tendency to mess around in places he shouldn't. But he defends religion; he defends the common folk.