True Detective

The Nihilist Who Wants To Save The World

rust_cohleThe anti-hero is unquestionablly the norm for today’s popular protagonists. As viewers we can relate to a flawed character. They are believable. They are selfish and lustful. They are human. These ant-hero protagonists seem to question the boundaries of morality and social norms. Within this questioning there are philosophical issues being presented and shows have begun to embrace them.

None more so than True Detective, a bleak and gritty crime drama currently taking the world by stall. Rust Cohle is nihilistic in many ways. He calls for the mass extinction of the human race and claims religion to be moronic. Here is just a little snippet of Cohle’s nihilistic mindset:

The complexity of Cohle makes him an intriguing character. He is a pessimist and utterly hopeless but at the same time  boldly heroic. We are drawn to him and want him to succeed. As the story progresses we learn of the death of his young daughter and resulting failed marriage. We start to understand why Cohle has become so Nihilistic. Cohle almost becomes a guardian angel, sacrificing himself to rid the world of “bad men.” Nothing cements our sympathy for Cohle more so than his monologue about his daughter:

“I think about my daughter now, and what she was spared. Sometimes I feel grateful. The doctor said she didn’t feel a thing; went straight into a coma. Then, somewhere in that blackness, she slipped off into another deeper kind. Isn’t that a beautiful way to go out, painlessly as a happy child? Trouble with dying later is you’ve already grown up. The damage is done, it’s too late.”

Never before have we seen television shows so sophisticated. The depth and complexity of characters is currently unparalleled. Venturing further into Rust Cohle’s psyche is an article published in Vulture: Rust Cohle and True Detective’s philosophies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A New Standard of Television

The Sopranos

The Groundbreaking Sopranos

1999 Saw the creation of what i consider one of the greatest television shows of all time, The Sopranos. Ground breaking in production and writing, Sopranos took an almost movie format, cramming 50 minutes of breath-taking acting and storytelling into a single episode. An all star cast, lead by the brilliance of James Gandolfini, for the first time presented a show that was realistic, showcasing humanity in all of its glorious flaws and triumphs. The Sopranos did not win over all viewers as some people still preferred a more sugar-coated approach to television, but what it did was bridge the gap between cinema and television. This has never been more evident then today as a number of celebrated cinema actors are starring in television shows, such as Kevin Spacey in House Of Cards and the recent Oscar award winner Matthew Mcconaughey in True Detective. The Sopranos paved the way for shows such as The Wire and Breaking bad, which are just as thought-provoking and brilliant.

Spine-Chilling Scene From The Sopranos