Great Job, Internet!: Time is a flat circle so let’s talk about the first season of True Detective again

It’s easy to forget just how good the first season of True Detective is, especially considering the backlash the series received during its second season. Was that first season as good as we remembered it?

Though we all obsessed over the show’s Lovecraftian undertones, it was Marty Hart and Rust Cohle that served as its sinewy, palpitating heart. Creator Nic Pizzolatto rarely spoke about the series without acknowledging the importance of character. In order to correct that, Film Radar issued a new video essay that breaks down just what exactly makes Hart and Cohle work so well. It wasn’t just the McConaissance, after all.

Though the video is ostensibly an ode to True Detective, it also functions as a lesson for aspiring writers in how to allow plot to emerge organically from character. As a means of contrast, Film Radar also explores the pitfalls of developing a …

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