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Heavy Weight Champions of 2014: True Detective

The season-anthology format pioneered by American Horror Story is probably one of the most refreshing injections of energy into Television in the last few years. Sadly, while Murphy decided to […]

The season-anthology format pioneered by American Horror Story is probably one of the most refreshing injections of energy into Television in the last few years. Sadly, while Murphy decided to turn AHS into a playground for his extremely unique talent for disjointed storytelling filled with over the top “Oh shit, that happened on a TV show?”-ness not many other options flourished after its immediate announcement. Of course, it could just be because producers everywhere were holding their breath to see if Asylum turned out to be economically unsuccessful. And even if I’m not his biggest fan, I will say, major kudos to Murphy in crafting what is easily the most insane, utterly out of control TV show in recent memory. It’s a shame that that anarchic energy does not translate into entertainment for me, for reasons not worth getting into.

However, what did entertain me during 2014 was seeing how many other shows took the idea of “One season, one story” and ran with it. Especially January’s first big surprise: Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective. Told as a sequence of flashbacks framed by a police interrogation of two former police detectives, True Detective is the story of Rustin “Rust” Cohle and Martin “Marty” Hart, the detectives in charge of the “King In Yellow” case, as their case is being revised by the Missouri police because they believe they have found a new victim and a new lead.

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Outside The Comfort Zone 1: True Detective

The Brain on Airwaves are officially at Nerdstock! And what better way of celebrating it than by rebooting Outside the Comfort Zone to discuss the 2014 winter it-show, True Detective. […]

The Brain on Airwaves are officially at Nerdstock!

And what better way of celebrating it than by rebooting Outside the Comfort Zone to discuss the 2014 winter it-show, True Detective. As always, I’m joined by my co-host and hero of millions, Jerry and we discuss a show that by all accounts was remarkable but which Jerry was entirely dissatisfied with.

As a bit of a footnote, because I feel I was a bit too harsh here: True Detective is easily one of my favorite shows of the year. But it’s significantly flawed and I feel that discussing those flaws is as necessary as discussing its virtues, which have been dissected and brought up at great length.

Either way, we hope to see you at Lost Carcosa, where strange moons circle through the skies and where the tatters of kings flap.

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