Monday, March 25, 2019

True Detective: Season Three

Friday after we had dinner with Tim and Kathy, Sharon and I watched the final episode of True Detective: Season 3. We had both really enjoyed the first season of True Detective. We tried to watch the second season, but lost interest after three episodes.

The story takes place in the Ozarks over three separate time periods: 1980; 1990, and; 2015. Every episode weaves scenes from all three timelines together. Over the course of the eight episodes, two detectives investigate a macabre crime involving two missing children. Mahershala Ali plays the role of detective Wayne Hays, while Stephen Dorff plays his partner detective Roland West.

There are parts of season three that are very well done. There are several episodes that I would grade an "A". Our biggest problem was that it was extremely difficult to understand the actors at times. Particularly in the later timeline when Mahershala Ali was playing an older character, he was mumbling.

My other problem was the last episode. The story uses two extended dialogue scenes to pull all the threads together and explain what happened. As a vehicle to wrap up everything, this left me flat. I grade the last episode as at "B-". I did enjoy season three enough that I am tempted to go back and try to watch season two again.

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