True Detective (2014– )
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Form and Void 

An overlooked detail provides Hart and Cohle with an important new lead in their 17-year-old case.


Cary Joji Fukunaga


Nic Pizzolatto (creator), Nic Pizzolatto




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Detective Rust Cohle
Woody Harrelson ... Detective Marty Hart
Michelle Monaghan ... Maggie Hart
Michael Potts ... Detective Maynard Gilbough
Tory Kittles ... Detective Thomas Papania
Ann Dowd ... Betty Childress
Glenn Fleshler ... Errol Childress
Michael Harney ... Steve Geraci (as Michael J. Harney)
Veronica Hunsinger-Loe Veronica Hunsinger-Loe ... Teacher
Kurt Krause ... Chad
Johnny McPhail ... Robert Doumain
Terry Moore ... Lilly Hill
Erin Moriarty ... Audrey Hart
David Stifel ... Billy Lee Childress
Madison Wolfe ... Audrey Hart


Rust and Marty continue their search for the man with the scarred face. Marty notices that in a crime scene photo, one of the houses had been recently painted - green, as in the green-eared monster. They locate the former owner who remembered having the house painted that year and thanks to tax records, learn that the company was owned by the Childress family. They visit the last registered business address and descend into a hellish labyrinth from which they will have to fight to survive. Written by garykmcd

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9 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Rust is chasing Errol Childress through the foliage towards the maze, you can see the plants flicking back towards Rust, this was caused by the camera operator standing in front of him filming the scene and presumably walking backwards through the vegetation See more »


When Marty and Rust are at the dilapidated house in the bayou, the position of Marty's belt holster changes between shots. See more »


Detective Rust Cohle: Do I strike you as a talker or a doer, Steve?
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Far From Any Road
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Both satisfying and frustrating at the same time!
13 October 2019 | by TheOny13See all my reviews

The reason I say that is simple: The show did so much justice to the characters and their story but at the same time neglected in someway the crime story aspect of the season.

Let's start with the characters: This is probably one of the best show when it comes to portraying characters, showing their development and bringing closure to their stories. At the beginning of the season we see Marty, a conflicted guy living a double life both seeming happy with his family and at the same time cheating them. On the other side Chole was a very self-confident guy who was always very organized and who had always interesting ideas about society and he wasn't afraid to spoke them to others. He always thought this family drama love, care and fulfilness that one can find in it, would only bring him down. Yet here we are at the end of the season, and these characters have flipped sides. We see a redeemed Marty that finaly felt sorry for what he did to his family and being forgiven by them. In other words through everything he went, he was able to find balance in his life (suggested by the series based on the fact that his life was terrible before). On the other hand Chole was able to understand the fact that loneliness didn't do him any good and that a family life would be better and that could be the light at the end of the tunnel's darkness. It's the classical example of a character study in which you take a flawed character and get him through some experiences which make him evolve and transform for the better in order to be able to overcome this flawness and become a better person. That is usually what speaks the best to us the audiences. That's because our lives are more or less the same: we are flawed persons who search for that which would make us better person or help us overcome this flawness. True Detective pulled that perfectly.

But in pulling that so well the show had to sacrifice a little bit of the crime story which for me is the frustrating part. It's not that is bad but is more like it could have been a lot better. Yes the crime should've taken a second place anyway in order to pull this amazing character study. But the show started teasing some things that I as audience started to take in and process and thinking about possible outcomes. From what I've heard (and I could be wrong), after episode 4 the creator had different endings in mind and had to choose one in which he could pull off this amazing characters study. But the thing is, that at the beginning if you plant hints and the audience catches on what you could pull off it doesn't mean you must change things on the way just in order to surprise the audience or to not be obvious. And this show's crime story is a classical example of making things up as you go along. There is too little connection or any full circle sensation with the first episode that you might say "oh yeah, that makes sense! How didn't I saw that coming?". I didn't got that feeling. And that, I was expecting after I watched episode 7. Episode 7 was just that type of episode in which the creator tried to rewrite the whole crime story for this season in order to make sense and to avoid the thing that audiences would suspect. The thing about that is that: for example in Interstellar (another Mathew McConaughey movie) I predicted or at least I thought about the fact that Cooper would beome "the ghost" behind his doughter's library. Even so, I loved that, not because it was what I expected but because of the way it was pulled off. It was done with emotion and intelligence, making up for the fact that it was maybe a bit obvious from the get-go. Here the creator choose the safest place that would not be something people thought about but that ultimately feels unearned and cheap, for me at least. This was the easy way of resolving the crime story. Not saying it was bad, it was still great and well executed for how it was written. It's just that I wanted and expected more based on the get-go in episode 1.

That are my thoughts on the season, and what it was, in my opinion, perfectly executed but which also left room for improvement. Anyway I thought this season was superb and was one of the most unique pieces of storytelling I've ever seen on TV. 10/10

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