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  1.  (11240.1)
    True Detective is hypnotic.
  2.  (11240.2)
    I watched the first episode of Bitten, but it really seemed like the sort-of thing I wouldn't want to get into nowadays.
    After the first episode I decided that I already have Lost Girl for my sexy Canadian urban supernatural guilty pleasure.
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2014
    I found the first episode of True Detective profoundly boring. Should I give it another shot?
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    I think True Detective is stunning, but certainly a slow-boil. It has more than a hint of Southern gothic horror - especially considering (spoilers under the cut)...

    ...the serial killer is explicitly shown to be influenced by The King In Yellow, protagonist Rust Cohle hallucinates like a SOB and there's a preacher at the start of episode 3 who throws in all sorts of Lovecraftian shit into his sermons.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2014
    I really enjoyed the first episode, and I'm going to watch more. I thought there was some good performances in it.
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2014
    I'm a couple of episodes into Lilyhammer, on Netflix. Enjoying it so far, but not quite sure why -there's something a little off about it.
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2014
    Caught the first episode of Inside Number Nine this evening. I don't want to say too much about it, because it's worth going into as cold as possible. But trust me, it's worth your time.
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    Looking forward to tonight's Lost Girl episode for the reunion of Bo and Lauren plus a literal dance-to-the-death contest.
  5.  (11240.9)
    This week's True Detective continued the intense pace... then levelled up with a 6-minute single shot at the end which frankly sets a new standard for TV action.
    The best new show. Get on that, fast.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2014
    @Cat: I'm in agreement with you on that. It was quite a psychotic episode, and that ending was pretty mental.

    I'm loving new Justified. Standard!
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2014
    Just watched the season 2 premiere of House of Cards.

    Holy fuck.
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    @DJ - Actually, first new ep of HoC put me off the rest of the season. I was on the fence after S1, but it's just shiny shallowness to my eyes.
    Zoe Barnes died as she lived - a badly-conceived, weakly played, pointless dilution of Mattie Storrin.

    True Detective, on the other hand, just made an explicit turn into Grant Morrison territory. See this review/interview with the creator for more. Then consider...

    the description of M-Theory and higher-dimensional time viewpoint is explicitly that of The King-Of-All-Tears in The Invisibles - aka The Yellow King.
    I'm going with Rust Cohle as a Blank Badge, back from 7 years training in the Invisible College to bring down the Tuttle-run Carcosa cult.
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2014
    Re: House of Cards
    I was surprised at how sudden and unceremonious her death was, but after the first episode and a quarter, they ran out of clear motivation for all the main characters and yeah I'm finding it kind of hard to care about the show now.
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    True Detective is setting an incredibly high standard for what television should be. I keep wondering when Cthulhu is going to show up in it...

    And now I have to go and read "The King in Yellow"
      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2014 edited
    For those doubting my interpretation of True Detective as having elements of The Invisibles, note this early interview with Pizzolato found by Geoff Wessel:

    "The first time I got excited about writing was reading comic books by Alan Moore and Grant Morrison as a kid. Growing up in southwest Louisiana, in a house without many books, the sophistication and depth of their stories were really mind-blowing for a kid."

    Hell, Morrison might even have been his gateway into The King In Yellow.
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    @Cat Vincent: No doubts here, it's definitely 'An The Invisibles Mystery' in my book, especially as in a more recent interview regarding the latest episode Pizzolato is explicit about his intent with Cohle's "Time is a flat circle" rant
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    @Christopher - is that the Daily Beast interview I linked above or another? I can't get enough of reading Pizzolato's thought processes!
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2014 edited
    Same as your earlier Daily Beast Ep.5 link, Cat, that post of yours reminded me I'd be able to catch it but I didn't click the link to avoid spoilers. How glad am I didn't automatically re-post the link like a berk now?!
  10.  (11240.19)
    @Christopher - no worries!

    Here's another good interview excerpt (emphasis mine):

    I’ve put off going into the philosophy Cohle espouses in the early episodes because I don’t want people making assumptions about the character of Cohle, or the ultimate aim of this season. The totality of Cohle’s character and the show’s agenda won’t be clear until the eighth episode has ended. It’s also important to me that the mass audience doesn’t need to know or engage these associations in order to enjoy the show. Likewise, I wouldn’t want any viewers to assume we had some nihilistic agenda, or reduce Cohle to an anti-natalist or nihilist. Cohle is more complicated than that. As I’ve said recently, Cohle may claim to be a nihilist, but an observation of him reveals otherwise. Far from “nothing meaning anything” to him, it’s almost as though everything means too much to him. He’s too passionate, too acutely sensitive, and he cares too much to be labeled a successful nihilist. And in his monologues, don’t we detect a whiff of desperation akin to someone who protests too much? When Cohle speaks of the unspeakable, is it with the same illusory perspective as when Hart speaks about the importance of having rules and boundaries? Perhaps that is what Hart references when he tells Cohle in episode 3, “You sound panicked.”

    That doesn’t lessen the potential validity of the ideas he expresses, and that is what I finally think is disturbing about the show so far. It’s not the serial killer that’s unsettling; television shows you far worse than that all the time. What unsettles are the aspects of being human which the show chooses to highlight. That this stuff is being delivered through actors as instantly amiable and comforting as Harrelson and McConaughey makes it doubly subversive. And then I think you’ll find, as we go forward, the show keeps subverting its own subversions.
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    One of the things that has impressed me most is the masterful way the show expresses the pull between what characters state and how they act, their inherent contradictions. So...human.