Remember the days when the American tradition of Sunday evening television viewing was getting in your pajamas early, sinking your hands into that big bowl of popcorn your mom made and settling in for Wide World of Disney?
What a country we had back then before Nixon tore it all apart. But I guess there's something to say about being older and creating new traditions, which often includes cable TV we can't really afford and TV sets you can lift with your big toe. You entertain the kids with stories about Saturdays being the only days you watched cartoons on only three channels, and the TV was this gigantic wood-paneled Zenith monster the cat liked to sleep on.
Yes, simpler times ... but then we wouldn't be able to have HBO's True Detective and get immersed in an addictive Southern Gothic hell with detectives portrayed by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Tonight's final episode of the show's first season will hopefully make every story line come full circle and not — absolutely not — a flat circle.
No relief cruising through TV reviews internets offering their predictions on what happens, who is the spaghetti-scar man and the Tuttles and how connected are they to the people around Rust and Martin. Don't worry, no spoilers from me. But I did happen to like the take from folks at Happy Nice Time People, time being a flat circle and all.
Read it all here with some McConaughey dialogue to go with it:
It’s all right. “True Detective” doesn’t need to be approached with 3000-word theories about how the scarred man is a child’s description of Cthulhu. This is just a detective show set in Louisiana. That’s all it is. The dialogue is sharp and McConaughey desperately wants people to know he can act, but the show itself is quite simple. It’s well made, but it’s old-fashioned. It’s not going to subvert anything.
I do know I'm going to miss McConaughey and Harrelson. Proof if you build a show in kudzu-soaked Louisiana, they will come. The next season will feature new actors and a new storyline. Maybe next up is Maine and a few Stephen King cameos.