HBO's True Detective, season 1
So I just finished HBO's True Detective.
Couple things crossed my mind as I watched. Well, many things. I've determined unfortunately that once you have seen Law & Order SVU, every plot for an abduction case has been done. I've seen them all. Yes, SVU might be more cheese, but the plots are recycled.
The script was good. People spoke intelligently when it was appropriate and like a dumbass when that was appropriate. I liked that -- not enough shows are consistent in this way.
A lot of things used in the show to produce "horror" have been done in books. A lot. I saw so manytropes and overused stylizations. I am beginning to be really disappointed with commercial content - and I find this a tragedy, since I enjoy consuming it so much. Therein lies the problem. I've read too many books and seen too many films!
Another thing I've noticed about the genre - it's depressing. I believe people enjoy watching other people's train wreck lives to make them feel less like a train wreck. It's sad. And empty.
All in all, it's a well produced show. Worthy of any acting accolades that comes it's way. I enjoyed the way it was procedurally set up - the flashbacks and moving through the whole story. But there were too many nods to other books/films/stories in it for any originality to bleed through. The last episode in particular, I actually just sort of rolled my eyes at the 'underground lair' of the 'big bad' - it was drawn almost directly from Terry Goodkind's The Omen Machine Hex Mage's lair.
Also, the use of creepy carnival music lilting behind the bad guy's scenes was... well, I thought it hilarious and obvious. Ah well.
Maybe next season HBO! (Maybe, just maybe, consult people who have heard/read/seen all this stuff so you might actually stumble up on something new. :P)