There are shows that are so well written that you have to keep reminding yourself that it’s only a television show and nothing more. True Detective, HBO’s crime drama series written by Nic Pizzolatto, Directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson is that kind of a show. I was pulled in line, hook and sinker after watching the first episode. Most of the credit goes to the actors who were so convincing in their perspective roles.
We followed Detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) through 17 years of chasing down clues to find the scariest serial killer ever, Errol Childress (Glenn Fleshler). Sometimes, when we go looking for bad people, we call them monsters because of their despicable acts of violence. We say that they behaved in ways that are less than human. What is more frightening to me, is the fact that there are real monsters out there and we don’t always recognize them because they are so good at pretending to be human; like Hitler, Manson…and a list of others.
We felt helpless as we watched the events leading up to Rust Cohle’s physical and mental collapse, and Marty Hart’s sabotaging his marriage. They were imperfect people in an imperfect world, trying to do the right thing, and when they finally found Errol Childress, we foolishly thought the horror over. It wasn’t and it nearly cost Rust and Marty their lives.
Everybody was talking about the book “The King in Yellow” and trying to guess if it was Rust or Marty who was this monster, but it was only a ruse to throw us off track and a clever one at that. In the end, Rust and Marty knew that even though there is a lot of darkness in the world, they were able to take down a demon and send him back to hell. Rust said it perfectly “Once, there was only dark. You ask me, the light’s winning.”
Live in the light, Rust and Marty.