Television Show Review: True Detective: Season 3

True Detective Season 3

True Detective: Season 3 created by Nic Pizzolatto (Anonymous Content, HBO) Starring Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Scoot McNairy, and Ray Fisher. Dealing with Trauma Trauma is a wrench in best laid plans, the curveball life throws when we’re down two strikes. Nobody plans for it; nobody wants it. Even in scenarios where it seems likely—war or declining health—the human condition leads us to believe we’ll be different, that pain and suffering will elude us. But it doesn’t. And how we respond to trauma matters for our own well-being. We hold on to the spinning top that is trauma for as long as we can but when we let go we get flung in any direction. For some, that… Read More →

Television Show Review: True Detective: Season 2

True Detective Season 2

True Detective: Season 2 created by Nic Pizzolatto (Home Box Office, Anonymous Content) Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn. Do You Really Need to Clean Your Room? I’m watching a lot of children’s television these days. It’s awful and paradoxically not that bad. Children’s programming follows a clear set of rules. We need to teach the kids important lessons, lest television rots the brains of our most impressionable. In one episode, the protagonist preferred not to clean up after playtime. Picking up toys is a chore. We all want to play as much as we can. Am I right? Thus comes a social experiment. What if we didn’t tidy up? Unfortunately, our young hero lost everything… Read More →

Television Show Review: True Detective: Season 1

True Detective

True Detective: Season 1 created by Nic Pizzolatto (Home Box Office, Anonymous Content, Lee Caplin / Picture Entertainment) Starring Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles. Capturing the Mystery-Sized Hole in My Heart Mystery can be an addicting genre. Nothing else on television can arrest the mind like a well-crafted narrative where the parts left unsaid take a life of its own. In its heyday, I would spend hours scouring the Internet after every episode of Lost, trying to discover every ounce of meaning in each scene. For many devoted fans, the rabbit hole that was Lost left a hollow feeling when it became evident that the creators had no intention of bringing everything together into… Read More →