We can tell a red herring when we see one. We have been fooled too many times now, you can’t fool us any longer. We can tell a well-written script from badly thrown together bullshit. After years of watching murders, we’ve become goddamned detectives, all of us.
So where does it leave True Detective? Excellent script. Nuanced, balanced, complicated when it needs to be. You are like a cat chasing a laser, which is exactly the way it should be.
However, the more I think about it, the more I realise that it’s all just another TV show about a serial killer. With two essential differences, in the form of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. But that’s such a big fucking difference, everything else becomes sort of irrelevant.