The shadows lengthen In Carcosa

“My almost every waking thought is consumed by #TrueDetective.
Haven’t been this obsessed since Lost went away.”
— @OccultDetective on twitter

Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective is something special. Dark, disturbing, with a perfect interfusion of writing, directing, acting, design, and music, True Detective is storytelling at its finest. Lots of television shows have attempted to duplicate Lost’s ethereal zeitgeist. And that is why they all failed. True Detective succeeds because it transcends narrative. It is something more. It reflects a darkness, a disparate break in social consciousness. It mirrors a lost generation by focusing on a simple truth — that reality is an illusion and, collectively, our sanity is suspect.

“I know what happens next. I saw you in my dream.
You’re in Carcosa now. With me. He sees you.”
— Reggie Ledoux

By mining the mythologies first constructed by Bierce, Chambers, and Lovecraft, Pizzolatto has created a bleak and wondrous landscape in which Detectives Cohle and Hart, each broken and possessed in their own fashion, become tethered as much by the lies they’ve constructed as to the truths they are on the cusp of discovering.

People incapable of guilt usually do have a good time.”
– Rust Cohle

The question is, how far will Nic Pizzolatto take us into the Heart of Darkness? Is there the revelation of some indescribably Lovecraftian cosmic terror on the horizon, a tear in the very fabric of space/time? Or is there something more mundane, but no less evil, at the heart of this mystery, a conspiracy of rich and powerful men with a thirst for violence and deviant behavior dressed up like a Mephistophelian Passion Play?

“I know the difference between an idea and a fact.
You are incapable of admitting doubt.
Now that sounds like denial to me.”
— Martin Hart

With only three episodes remaining, the answer is near.

“The hubris it must take to yank a soul out of non existence,
into this, meat.
And to force a life into this, thresher.
Yeah so my daughter, she uh, she

spared me the sin of being a father.”
— Rust Cohle

The hubris it must take to yank a soul out of non existence, into this, meat. And to force a life into this, thresher. Yeah so my daughter, she uh, she spared me the sin of being a father. – See more at: http://www.tvfanatic.com/quotes/shows/true-detective/#sthash.437SVvQg.dpuf
The hubris it must take to yank a soul out of non existence, into this, meat. And to force a life into this, thresher. Yeah so my daughter, she uh, she spared me the sin of being a father. – See more at: http://www.tvfanatic.com/quotes/shows/true-detective/#sthash.437SVvQg.dpuf

Of course, the Internet wouldn’t really be the Internet if there weren’t dozens of half-baked and wrongheaded theories already floating around, but rather than play into that insanity (a pastime I wholeheartedly pursued with Lost) I am going to sit back and mull things over internally, watching the madness play out from the cheap seats. It’s one helluva show.

“I know who I am. And after all these years, there’s a victory in that.”
— Rust Cohle

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3 Responses to “The shadows lengthen In Carcosa”

  1. […] most readily admit, I drank the Kool-Aid regarding True Detective. I blogged about it twice, at the beginning and the end. I heralded it as brilliant television, as something altogether special. I proclaimed […]

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