After taking a break from the bleak minimalist atmosphere to explore the sunshine noir settings of California in season 2, True Detective is back to the basics, and in proper form. Writer/Creator Nic Pizzolatto took the extra writing time HBO provided to craft another partner based, time-shifting, and cynical mystery crime story for this 3rd outing. While not quite reaching the heights of the long-baked first season, this particular story is following closely in line. Revolving around 2 detective’s search for 2 missing children, we cross a lot of seedy characters, and even take a moment to explore an incredibly interesting red herring, but everything provided to the viewer is always in question as the detective telling us this story is an unreliable narrator, suffering from dementia/Alzheimer’s disease in his later years. This season will leave you guessing all the way until the very end, and even then you may not reach the proper conclusions - this season is hefty and ambiguous, though only a few tiny unimportant threads are left untied at the end. If you dug season 1 and crave more after the short comings of season 2, this will make up for it in spades. I truly hope to see more True Detective in the future, this particular season did feel like it was a little too late to redeem itself after leaving the door closed for so long after upsetting fans in season 2, but Nic Pizzolatto has a plan to bring the story full circle if given a fourth season, and I personally would love to see that happen after seeing what was done with season 3.
As many of you all know the first True Detective was a masterpiece guided by great casting and brilliant performances not to mention the talented Cary Joji Fukunaga at the helm.
Season two left a lot to be desired and many wondered if series creator Nic Pizzolatto was turning out to be a one hit wonder for HBO.
Season 3 takes us on a journey more familiar to the structure of season 1 but they are telling a much different story.
Again the cast is wonderful, Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff make interesting partners and I enjoyed the chemistry between both actors. Carmen Ejogo is a revelation and ads a tremendous depth to the series in following a pattern of great women surrounded by less than kind men.
The last shot of the series will always be on my mind as I think about True Detective Season 3.
True Detective Season 3 bounces back after a letdown of Season 2. This is a 3 disc blu-ray set that comes with digital code that can be redeemed for VUDU, iTunes, Google Play, or FandangoNow. Subtitles included are: English SDH, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish. Each blu-ray disc has its set of special features:
-Designing the Decades (1080p; 7:45)
-A Conversation with Nic Pizzolatto and T Bone Burnett (1080p; 10:00)
-Deleted Scene (1080p; 2:58) [Episode 3, Scene #29]
-Episode 5 Scene #10 (1080p; 00:49)
-Episode 5 Scene #13 (1080p; 2:18)
-Episode 5 Scene #22 (1080p; 2:02)
-Episode 6 Scene #8 (1080p; 00:42)
-Finale Extended Cut (1080p; 1:23:26)
-Episode 7 Scene #1 (1080p; 5:15)
-Episode 7 Scene #6 (1080p; 3:43)
-Episode 8 Scene #18 (1080p; 6:47)
-Episode 8 Scene #73/74 (1080p; 5:14)
You can tell a lot of love and care was put into this Season of the True Detective anthology series, especially after the divisive response the second season received. This time around, characters get a lot more time to breathe and the narrative plays out closer to how the first season approaches things with it's broken timeline approach. That said, there are two big flaws to this. One is that at times it seems to echo Season 1's writing a tad too much at times and the other is that the way the story wraps up was underwhelming to me personally even though the first seven (of eight) episodes in this season were all great. The conclusion makes sense, don't get me wrong, but by the time it plays out you might be left thinking "is that it?" like I was. Still, up until that point True Detective Season 3 is well worth the price of admission. Recommended if you were thrown off by Season 2 and want something more akin to the first.
The picture and sound are very good but not much for special features. I would rank this as the 2nd best season not as good as the first season which is pretty much perfect but way better than the super slow and hard to follow second season.
This third season has something more than the previous season. It is a cold case of a long time ago that got cold again ten years later, and that’s still cold some longer time later when the two policemen who processed the case twice are retired and living in old age, the case comes back again because the son of one of the two detectives, the black detective Wayne Hays, wants to bring some peace to his past-haunted father and he makes him become one essential participant in a TV documentary on the case.
This anthology series finally connected itself with Season 1. Season 3 was shot for the most part in my hometown which makes me a little bias on it seeing so many familiar landmarks. The story itself as it jumps through 3 decades really is done well. I think the story in general is reminiscent of things that happen all the time in government and with people with power. Lots of cover ups. Anyways I think the performances from Ali & Dorff are award worthy. Just watch it if you like gritty detective stories.