This Is A Post About ‘True Detective’

February 17th, 2014 // 28 Comments
Rust Cohle True Detective

If you’re not watching True Detective, you’re missing out the greatest fucking show on television and Matthew McConaughey‘s best work since Magic Mike which just made me wonder what it’d be like if Rust Chole were replaced by Dallas… focus, focus. However, you’re also probably living a less nihilistic existence where you don’t stare off into space contemplating the meaningless point of this biological puppet show called life and imagining what happens next in the void (I have fun.), but that’s neither here nor there. What is here is Michael M. Hughes‘ guest post on io9 that already gave True Detective fans a Yellow King boner when it went up Friday and is now even more poignant after last night’s episode. So here that is for your reading pleasure while I get ready to scatter shot 80 pics of Miley Cyrus‘ Bangerz Tour onto the Internet because this world is bullshit.

The One Literary Reference You Must Know to Appreciate ​True Detective – io9

EDIT: In my haste to get out the door, I forgot to mention this little nugget of impeccable writing. When Hart says he’s in Promise Keepers? Just – *kisses fingers* – goddammit.

Photo: HBO


  1. When I saw the post on True Detective I said, “Great, a post about Alexandra Daddario’s perfect titties”. Alas, it was not about that but I do have to agree with Fish, TD is best show on TV right now.

  2. diversity hire

    McConaughey is getting all of the kudos but Woody Harrelson is even better. Present-day Chole gets kind of tedious by the third episode. its like watching McConaughey do a parody of himself. But Woody is just badass from start to finish.

  3. The boys are doing a “hardcore man” master class every week, but let’s get real.

    Could anybody else on Earth play Cohle except for Matthew McConaughey? I think not.

  4. Robb7

    TD is the slap in the face to banality and silliness of reality TV.
    Long live the scripted word!

  5. The Old Man from the Sea

    Loved your reference to getting ready for the show yesterday; love even more that you’ve gone completely off-script to acknowledge that something so good is happening on HBO right this moment. Without a doubt, McConaughey’s best–cleans the slate of all the Fool’s Golds, Saharas, and movies about dead girlfriends that I cannot even bear to remember the title of.

    Had to double-check that this isn’t a sponsored post: further kudos for it not being.

  6. Nope.jpg

    this show is pretentious and phony as shit but that bitch has perfect tits. Fuck this show though. Written by some interdisciplinary academic fag who probably reads chaucer for fap material.

  7. Brian

    The more I watch the season, the more I think it’s a tragedy that each one is going to be a self contained one off. McConaughey has had a crazy good year, but TD has been the best showcase of his acting abilities IMO. I’ve always liked the dude, mostly because I never got dragged to any of his shitty rom coms back in the day due to a lack of any female contact. Girlfriends are alright, but masturbation never demands I get a better job or clean my room.

  8. Brian

    Also FUCK MY PHALLUS but I am excited to see Carrie, in theater October 18th!

  9. FT86

    So why is this show worth watching?

    • Brian

      It all depends on what you’re looking for. It’s ridiculously well acted, and the writing and direction is some of the best you’ll see on TV today. I do know a lot of people who can’t get into the show though, mostly because the focus is more on the detectives trying to solve the case rather than on the case itself. The messages about reality and human nature can get pretty heavy handed at times, but as long as you enjoy well written dialogue and don’t need a lot of action to maintain interest, this could be your favorite new show.

  10. I agree that Alexandra Daddario has a magnificent pair of mammaries, not to mention she’s fine-looking all over. And the acting in the show is superb. But I’m finding the story somewhat aimlessly plods along. In fact, I can’t even remember what the crime is that they’re trying to solve. HOWEVER I’m still watching it having faith that it will start clicking for me.

  11. The Pope

    I’ll concede that it’s the best show on cable. But the best show in any format is “Hannibal”.

  12. doctor_joystick

    In the preview for next week’s show, Rust is interviewing the Governor and the Gov has a yellow tie and handkerchief. Goes all the way to the top.

  13. tiredguy

    I get that everyone has different tastes, and what appeals to some may not others. But if you can honestly tell me that after watching all the episodes currently available for this show you don’t think it’s the fuckin’ business, then I think maybe you are hopeless and should just go back to watching your recorded episodes of the Kardasians and Duck Dynasty.

  14. Deacon Jones

    Just watched the first episode, pretty damn cool. M.M. was pretty impressive, I’m used to him as a character actor, at least the stuff I’ve seen him in.

  15. The best thing about the show were Alexandra Daddario tits, I can’t get over that yet :)

  16. Jenn

    Harrelson and McTexAss are pretty damn good. I’m ready for Hannibal tho.

  17. As a big fan of True Detective (and with the understanding that you all share my love of the show), may I, at the risk of being presumptious, offer a clue to the identity of the Yellow King? Marty Hart shares his last name with what Webster defines as “head, what is on the head, horn.” and “male of the European red deer, esp. after the fifth year, when the crown antlers are formed.” Just saying…

    Perhaps this has been brought up, perhaps not, but I felt it was worth noting.

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