The first season of HBO's latest and arguably best original series True Detective brilliantly came to an end. There has been no crime drama nor will there be one that brings quite as much originality as season one of True Detective.
Rust's unique and often times grim outlook on life is perfectly contrasted by Marty's naive hope for everything to work in his favor. The growth experienced by the two protagonists is rivaled by few in other series. By the end we see Rust's outlook on the fragile existence that is life drastically change from when we met him eight episodes ago.
The post apocalyptic feel of the Louisiana setting helps to build suspense and adds to the mystics of the storyline.
The acting by the two leads, Matthew McConaughey, is flawless.
The philosophy crafted by creator Nic Pizzolatto is addictive. The dialogue crafted by the writers is riveting and brings us to one of my favorite aspects of the eight-episode first season, the captivating quotes by Rust and Marty which explain their varying philosophies. Below is a compilation of some of the best quotes found throughout the nearly eight hours that we spent in the dreary Louisiana scenery.
"You are the Michael Jordan of being an asshole"
"All that dick-swagger you got and you cant spot crazy pussy?"
"That feeling like life has slipped through your fingers. Like the future is behind you. Like it's always been behind you"
"Transference of fear and self-loathing to an authoritarian vessel. It's catharsis. He absorbs their dread with his narrative. Because of this, he's effective at proportion to the amount of certainty he can project. Certain linguistic anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites pathways in the brain. Dulls critical thinking."
"I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in human evolution. We became too self aware; nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself. We are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self, a secretion of sensory experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody’s nobody. I think the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal."