In True Detective, Nick Pizzolatto has created a nuanced world in a genre that has sorely missed the quality. The HBO series, which is through episodes through an eight-part series, has a baseline premise that is hardly original: girl gets raped/murdered and a pair of cops needs to find the bad guy. But these cops are not doughnut-stuffing caricatures, but rather tortured and layered individuals brought to life by Matthew McConaughey and Woddy Harrelson. As Rust Cohle (a name that could use a little work, but we’ll look past that) and Marty Hart, the mismatched pair trade philosophical points, in the diatribe and one-liner forms respectively, and seem intent on diagnosing the flaws of each other because the internal search is far too melancholic. They don’t neatly fit into the category of antihero or hero; they operate in some purgatorial milieu where the socially expected forms of morality have been all but discarded in favor of their own beliefs. In the third episode, Rusty says “We are creatures that should not exist by natural law.” And in many ways, the same could be said about the show. A premise seen so many times should not be able to be such a critically and commercially successful television show. But the world created by Pizzolatto is so fascinating and the brand of storytelling so different that it’s difficult not to wonder the hell is going to happen.
Adam and Anthony discuss what has happened in the series and what is to come, but before that, they look at some news around the entertainment world, including a nod to the Cos, while also taking a look at Wahlburgers. It’s all about family.