Remember When True Detective First Hit?

It was 2014.

It was before social justice warriors took over the Twitter algorithm and started a global war against entertainment and fans.

It was before the shills hid behind race, sex and purple hair to push product for their corporate masters.

Remember when they used to pretend to actually like the things they lied about?

Now their job is just to check the diversity boxes for us and insult anyone who doesn’t sign off this stunning new bravery.

It was before those same corporations tried to destroy our modern myths and legends in a never-ending pursuit of that unicorn audience. 

HBO’s core audience

I’m pretty sure Season 1 of True Detective was the last television show to be released from HBO without an endless stream of political posturing and social commentary.

After all, a couple of old white guys trying to solved some weird murders is about as anti-woke as one can get.

Instead of being about filling in a spreadsheet or getting free run from access journalists, the show was based on the archaic concept of unique characters in intriguing situations speaking dialogue like this:

I don’t think we’ll ever see this kind of TV again for a long time… a long time.

But They Are Going To Try

According to Deadline, True Detective creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto is reteaming with Matthew McConaughey for the Redeemer series on FX.

The show will be run by Pizzolatto and is based on The Churchgoer, the debut novel by Patrick Coleman.

The back cover of the book reads:

In Mark Haines’s former life, he was an evangelical youth pastor, a role model, and a family man—until he abandoned his wife, his daughter, and his beliefs. Now he’s marking time between sunny days surfing and dark nights working security at an industrial complex. His isolation is broken when Cindy, a charming twenty-two-year-old drifter he sees hitchhiking on the Pacific Coast Highway, hustles him for breakfast and a place to crash—two cynical kindred spirits.

Then his coworker is murdered in a robbery gone wrong, and Cindy disappears on the same night. Haines knows he should let it go and return to his safe life of solitude. Instead, he’s driven to find out where Cindy went, under stranger and stranger circumstances. Soon Mark is chasing leads, each one taking him back into the world where his old life came crashing down—the seedier side of Southern California’s drug trade and ultimately into the secrets of an evangelical megachurch where his past and future are about to converge.

What begins as an investigation becomes a haunting mystery and a psychological journey both for Mark and for the elusive young stranger he won’t let get away.

What a massive piece of shit this Mark guy is.

Still… weak-willed low life, drug scene, missing near-jailbait… McConaughey is perfect for the role.

Of course, HBO will be able to get its shots in on Christianity. 

Will It Be Any Good?

The Shield was certainly a high-point of cable drama back in the 2000s, but I don’t know much about FX’s recent track record of delivering quality TV. 

I watched some of The Bridge; it was a decent time-waster. I can’t remember a thing about it which just means it was no True Detective.

That idiotic show with the guy from Deadwood was also on FX.

You remember the one where he plays a US Marshal or DEA agent or something and gets in a gun battle at the end of every episode?

Pure realism

I think there were more gunfights in one season of that show than all of the seasons of Deadwood, which was a show set during a time period when gunfights regularly happened.

What Does This Mean For True Detective?


Allegedly, HBO has not made a decision to proceed on the fourth season of True Detective, but they did make a statement in reference to Nic’s new gig:

“We’re very proud of the work Nic did for HBO, and we wish him the best in his new endeavor.”

That sounds like Pizzolatto won’t be involved with HBO’s True Detective.

Perhaps for the best? Sometimes it’s better to just let go.