The psycho-mythical murder cult of True Detective

“This life is barely long enough to become good at one thing. You better be careful what you get good at.” – Rust Cohle

via Nagy Norbert
Rendition of Rust Cohle via Nagy Norbert

Now, I don’t know if you’ve read about the rumors circulating online, but I don’t buy any articles with that specific word, “rumor,” in the title–and I don’t think you should either.

What I can tell you is that the first season is just downright creepy. If you like American Horror Story or old Anne Rice novels, circa New Orleans in 1976, you’ll find yourself drawn into the Louisiana Bayou as it was in ’95, 2002 and again in 2012.

*spoilers (shocker, I know)* The plot is pretty straight forward, there are two guys with names of Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) who start out as cops in 1995. Around 2002, disparate events lead each man to leave the force and find his own path, then we jump to 2012 where they get back together to solve a case they thought they finished back in ’95.

The thing is, this show isn’t for everyone. It’s for people who like to go to bed with hints of nightmares floating in their heads. It’s for those who like a good shock at the true horror of crimes that people actually do commit, but sometimes the press can’t sell it as well as they can hype up the sexier stories of true life.

What binds me to this show is the fact that Cohle actually believes in seeking the truth in the one case that haunts him for 17 years. His partner, Hart, shrugs it off after he’s declared a hero and the rest of the town forgets about the two men he and Cohle caught and killed because he believed he helped nip the cult murders in the bud.

True Detective isn’t just some series that weaves together porn, drama, voo doo mischief and death with a cop’s struggle to hunt down the details and find the root of a problem that affects everyone within a 50-mile radius. As you watch the show and actually listen to Cohle’s “process,” as they call it, the words that come out of his mouth while he’s staring at some intangible demons in the distance actually make you think about the meaning of life in general.

Now, if that’s not something you’d want to worry your pretty little head over, I don’t blame you in the least. And if you’ve already heard of the book the series is based on (The Yellow King by Charles W. Chambers,) then you can’t get past the first chapter without going insane.

So, why don’t you give the HBO series a look-see?

Featured image created by artist Nagy Norbert… boy, I hope a graphic novel surfaces sometime within the next year.



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