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Top 10 Favorite TV Shows of 2015

Just like my Top 10 Movies post, I’m going to put together my Top 10 Favorite Television shows from 2015. If you have any interest in just seeing the listed shows without any reasoning then you can go read them on the TV Overmind Top 10 List; however, I will warn you that my choice for the top spot has changed since I had to submit that! This list will also include my honorable mentions, because there are plenty of shows that were hard for me to cut and I’d still like to discuss. That being said, these shows are all my personal taste, and there is plenty of TV that I sadly haven’t been able to get around to this year! Let’s get into it then…

Honorable Mention

Review:

Review is a show that I wish more people were watching on Comedy Central. It stars one of my favorite comedians Andy Daly and is a crazily goofy show that has him reviewing anything related to life no matter how good or bad it might turn out for him. Season one of Review was awesome, but I thought that Season two got a lot crazier and even darker at points with its stories. The show’s episodic plots were tons of fun and a lot more drawn out but the seasonal arc was also a great development for the show and some of its supporting characters. I’m really looking forward for the next set of scenarios Forrest Macneil gets into and hope that this show continues to rise in popularity!

You’re The Worst:

You’re the Worst was a show that I picked up this year before the second season started and really enjoyed what it gave us when kicking things off. There was a bunch that I liked about the show, but also felt that some characters and plot ideas were a bit of a stretch for my taste. However, the second season of You’re the Worst took things into a completely different direction that was just as funny but also much more dark for great reasons. The show analyzed the characters on a whole new level and was probably the best display of what it’s like to have and deal with depression that I’ve ever seen. I really praise this show for it’s subtle display of emotions and being unafraid to explore these types of topics, which has me loving it more and more.

Comedy Bang Bang: 

I picked up Comedy Bang Bang this year on a recommendation from my cousin. He got me into both the show and the podcast and I immediately fell in love with both. Comedy Bang Bang is probably the most clever and hilarious sketch comedy show I’ve ever seen and I love how it has continued to stay fresh each episode. There are tons of great celebrities and comedians who come onto this show as well as familiar faces always showing up to play fun characters. This year lots of people questioned how the show would work with the departure of long time co-host Reggie Watts and how his replacement, Kid Cudi, would do in the role. The show suffered no problems and continued to flow onward like normal, which shows that more people should be watching.

Mad Men:

Mad Men came to a close this year and tied up its story in the most perfect way possible. This show has had a tremendous run and has definitely had ups and downs along the way, but moved towards its finale in a really strong fashion. I loved the way this show sent Don Draper off and basically summed up his back and forth on the inability to be happy despite having everything a man could ever want. The finale itself was perfect and I loved the ambiguous ending that allows you to decide what you think happened based on what you thought about the character and what he deserved. Mad Men was an amazing time piece that had great acting and brought us something we’ve never seen on television before.

The Americans:

I picked up The Americans this year after making a deal with a friend to each watch a show of the other’s choosing. He chose that I had to finally check out The Americans so I binged all three seasons relatively quickly and definitely a big fan of the show now. What I love most about the Cold War show is the amount of tension it can build, the great characters it has established and the music choices during some crazy scenes. The only reason The Americans probably doesn’t make my actual list is because I haven’t gotten to experience it on live TV yet, so all of the weekly tension builders and cliffhangers haven’t had the chance to set in fully, but don’t be surprised to see it pop up next year!

The Top 10

Silicon Valley/ iZombie

10. Tie: Silicon Valley & iZombie

Silicon Valley: This has been one of the most fun HBO shows in awhile and is definitely a top comedy favorite of mine. It probably deserves a higher spot on this list, but regardless it’s going to get talked about. Since season one the show really was the anti- Entourage that adapted the idea of a bunch of guys trying to make it to the modern generation. Nowadays everything is focused on the tech scene and trying to develop the next big app, which this show highlights extremely well. From living in an incubator to dealing with big companies, Silicon Valley is a pretty honest interpretation of what goes on out in California and continues to get better as the guys keep attempting to make Pied Piper work. Each character brings their own type of comedy to the table and as a whole they are awesome to watch, which has me looking forward to this as much as shows like Game of Thrones.

iZombie: This show was easily the best surprise in 2015 form me. I had heard of the comic series but it was one of the few that I hadn’t ever looked into or read before, which was kind of nice for a change. The cast has amazing chemistry and the show is a nice alternative take on the episodic mystery genre. It has fun with itself and is another entity making zombies and the supernatural creatures cool again. What really draws me to iZombie is the long-term plot and how the growth or destruction of the zombie population will impact the regular world. iZombie does a great job with the character relationships, the romance as well as the comedy which makes it an awesomely complete show.

Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil

9. Marvel’s Daredevil

Daredevil kicked off Marvel’s Netflix shows and really paved the pathway for what is to come. The show was much more adult to the MCU’s big screen counterparts and gave us a much darker look into a different part of the Marvel Universe. Charlie Cox was a great choice for Matt Murdock and the supporting cast all really killed it with their roles. Vincent D’Onofrio was another standout as major classic villain, the Kingpin, who brought tons of complexity to a villain. The biggest thing that the MCU lacks is villains who are actual complete characters and people that we can connect with. This was a great origin story and they have tons more to explore, especially now that we’ve been introduced to all of these important characters.

Doctor Who

8. Doctor Who

Last season on Doctor Who I really fell in love with Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor but thought the storytelling was extremely week and put too much focus on Clara and her relationship. This season was a lot better and gave the Doctor great two-part stories to expand the character to new levels. The show’s penultimate episode after Clara’s departure was one of, if not, the best episode I’ve seen since it came back in 2005 and Capaldi by himself brought forth tons of different emotions. Honestly, it was decisions made in the finale that place this so low on my list, because I am one of the people who think the writer’s loved their Clara so much that they needed to focus on her yet again. When Clara caused her own downfall with the Raven I actually respected how they wrote her out of the show, but when the finale brought her back and then left open the loop hole for her to pop up in the future I was pretty disappointed.

Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot

7. Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot was an awesome new show that felt complete original and took a page out of Silicon Valley‘s book to talk about modern technological topics. The main character Elliot, is a really cool dark anti-hero that has unique views on the world which makes him a cool and interesting person. The show reminds me a lot of Breaking Bad with how thrilling it is and basically not knowing what’s going to come next. There are a ton of very tense moments and I love how high the stakes are going forward. The creator of Mr. Robot has stated that this first season was pretty much all intro and things are really going to break open moving forward, which has me extremely excited, especially with more and more great shows finishing up.

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6. Parks & Recreation

Parks & Rec has created such an amazing legacy and sadly it finished for good in 2015. The show, which had a first season we will pretend didn’t happen, turned out to be the perfect transition after The Office finished up. Parks & Rec gave us such phenomenal characters to grow attached to and wrote them near perfectly through all seven seasons. The last season handled things pretty amazingly by time jumping and providing a little more insight into the end-game for the characters, which I believe was a smart decision. The final season had tons of fun with itself and made sure to deliver another unique plot while also building to an emotionally satisfying ending. Parks & Rec season seven had even more great writing with tons of terrific jokes and ended on the perfect note.

Game of Thrones

5. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones continues to get more and more interesting after every season. The program is moving forward with awesome stories and continues to build the characters well while also bringing new ones into the fold each season as well. The latest season of Game of Thrones gave us some pretty crazy scenes from things like the White Walkers and events on the Wall, incorporation of the dragons, and has most of the characters involved with unique story lines that are all fun to watch. The fifth season of this show continues to display how strong of a group works on it because the writing, acting, visual effects, and everyone involved continue to be fantastic.

Master of None

4. Master of None

I had high hopes for Master of None from the moment that I heard it was announced. When the show finally came out, I was pumped to check it out, especially seeing early bingers and reviews calling it the Louie for 20-30 year old people. I still think that is the best description because the show is simply about life and delivers powerful comedy, drama and romance throughout the ten episodes. The show gets into topics about gender differences, cultural and racial differences, as well as tons of relationship ideas that all feel relatable and realistic. Aziz Ansari has made all of the right choices for this show and found a way to bring back a normal version of Tom Haverford just as Parks & Rec finished up. Master of None has immediately become one of my favorite new shows and I’m hoping that it can continue to be as strong as its first season. Going forward, if they can create more episodes like “Nashville,” “Mornings,” and “Finale,” then I have no fear.

South Park

3. South Park

South Park has been such a long running TV show at this point that I am always excited and worried for it at the same time. It’s a show I can rely on and know it will always be hilarious, but worry at the idea that they have to find a new way to stay fresh and relevant. The 19th season took the show in a new direction where it finally used a serialized plot over the entire season. It brought tons of amazing new things like PC Principal, who is such a great addition to the show, as well as Caitlyn Jenner. While each individual episode still had its own story, Parker and Stone found a great way to attack the nation’s overly politically correct nature for what was a great arc. To me, this season of South Park just showed that the show can do whatever it wants because the creators are experienced and smart. I’m not sure what will happen for the show’s 20th season, but I think with the timing of the 2016 election they will continue to roll with the Garrison/Trump idea.

Fargo

2. Fargo

After its first extremely successful season, Fargo returned by taking us to a different time period with some new characters. The show continued to reveal why it’s one of television’s best by taking things to a whole new level of weird and random. I love what Fargo accomplished in its second season, especially for a cast I might have somewhat doubted before the show began. Each episode became more intense than the last and the story only got better and better as things progressed.

The Leftovers

1. The Leftovers

When most of the shows that I watch went on their winter hiatus or finished for the year, I finally decided to binge The Leftovers like I had been planning to. This show was one I knew I had to watch, so I decided to jump in and not stop until I was caught up. I loved everything the show did with its first season, but was completely blown away with what it followed that up with. I feel like the show took a really bold step forward by deciding to change things so much, but it paid off because of the conclusion that really tied everything together. “International Assassin” was my favorite individual episode of television for all of 2015 and the show’s finale, “I Live Here Now,” brought me to tears with how much heart and emotion it created. Justin Theroux continues to blow me away with his performances and the rest of the cast all do phenomenal jobs with their roles. I’m so happy that there will be one more season of this show, because it is masterful and I’m excited to explore this world a little further while tying up story lines for the characters.

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Game of Thrones Season 6 Teaser Trailer Review

Wow, well, I never expected to get any Game of Thrones related content until next year, but this is a brilliant surprise! I pretty much always feel a pain when the show finishes and goes off the air knowing I have to wait a long time to see it again, but stuff like this gets me extremely hyped for what’s coming.

Game of Thrones has been an amazing adaptation of the books, and even for readers, we are entering into unknown places as the show is slowly beginning to move past where George R.R. Martin has written to.

The teaser is relatively short, but we get two voices talking:

Bloodraven (Max Von Sydow) and an older sounding Bran.

Holy crap.

Not only does the teaser give us a quick montage of clips from the show’s past, but it teases us to our faces that “we have no idea what’s going to happen.” This is extremely exciting because I feel like Game of Thrones is just getting into what will be some of the story’s most epic moments.

Lots of the clips showed the Stark family members, which really has me feeling like this is the breaking point for the family to rise back up again, each in their own individual ways. Bran has been a very mysterious character in the books, and his journey gets more interesting each step of the way, and I am one of the believers that he will easily end up being one of, if not, the most powerful characters by the time everything is finished (dragon warging am I right?!).

I’m extremely excited to see Max Von Sydow in the Bloodraven roll, because he seems like a perfect choice for it and his voice gives me chills in this teaser. I can’t wait to see what happens with Bran, Jon and the entire Stark gang because they all have chances to move back into power. The teaser shows Jon being stabbed followed up by Bran warging, which might imply that a more similar path from the books will help save Jon thanks to his magical abilities.

I also am most excited to explore the White Walkers and the Night’s King. There are the clips of him with the baby, which implies we will be getting more of that. The White Walkers are one of the most interesting aspects of Game of Thrones and it will be interesting to see how far things go with them, because we clearly are in the dark on that one.

The teaser is just a bunch of clips from the past seasons, but it’s still extremely exciting! I don’t care about the holidays, the new year, or even my birthday in March.

Give me April. I need April.

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Ballers S01E01 Review: “Pilot”

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Episode 1: “Pilot”

Grade: B

As the season of Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley disappears, HBO looks to its second round of Summer shows to keep viewers tuning in. While there is much excitement surrounding the sophomore season of last year’s hit, True Detective, HBO is also bringing us a new show titled Ballers that stars The Rock and Rob Corddry. Ballers focuses on recently retired “golden boy” Spencer Strassmore (The Rock) who seems to have retired early from what was a successful career and has moved into the financial management business. I’ve been pretty excited to check out Ballers ever since I initially saw the previews for it because it seemed fun and similar enough to a sports version of Entourage. I really enjoy The Rock as an actor and think he is good enough to carry a show like this. He and Corddry seem like an odd couple that weirdly work on screen and I could easily see them having great chemistry. Ballers premiered on HBO last night, and while it was different from what I was expecting, I definitely enjoyed the episode and thought the show offered a lot looking forward.

The episode opens with Strassmore painfully getting out of bed and immediately popping some pills. He struggles with flashbacks to his pro days where it seems like he hit a quarterback so hard it ended the guy’s career and possibly left him with a serious injury. Although the show only provides a quick glance at this, I really thought it was a unique way to open the show because it immediately provides more depth to what could be a shallow surface character. In the previews it seemed that Ballers would be very similar to Entourage and toss us into the life of a glorified person who is “living the life” and always has fun, but I couldn’t be more wrong.

While the show does have that Entourage vibe, it’s not all glitz and glamour for this character. He was only hired by Corddry’s Joe due to his connections with professional players, and we discover it’s been a year since Strassmore started as a financial manager but has yet to monetize anything and could be let go soon unless he makes something happen. I really like the idea that the character is going to have to earn his success once again after being a football star, and that’s what makes shows so rewarding, when we can latch onto a character and watch them earn their success.

Strassmore’s two best friends are also retired football player, Charles Greane (Omar Benson Miller), who wasn’t as big of a star and is struggling to find work, and eight year veteran slot receiver Ricky Jerret (John David Washington), who has a short temper and ends up on the wrong side of a scandal that leads to him being cut from the Green Bay Packers. The three characters round everything out pretty nicely with a player still in the league, a retiree on the brink of success, and another retiree showing the reality of not being a star.

This pilot episode of Ballers is definitely all set up, but that’s okay. Every show needs to establish itself to the viewers and create the foundation of everything to come. While I was happy with The Rock’s performance, I was surprised to see Corddry with barely any screen time in this first episode; however, I’m glad that these two will begin with a business relationship that grows into friendship. I hope that with Strassmore beginning to cash in on his friendships, Corddry becomes a more active player in the next episode and moving forward, because it would be a shame to have the first season go by with him underutilized.

Overall, Ballers isn’t exactly what I was expecting, but that’s funnily a good thing. I thought the show would be stupid fun, comedic, and relaxed, but it looks like we are going to have to wait and earn that part of the show. There is an uphill climb ahead for Strassmore and he is learning to transition from a professional player to a businessman, which I’m excited to watch. This guy seemed to have it all, but finds himself back on the grind of earning a glamorous lifestyle. In Entourage, Vince just sort of stumbles into his success and enjoys the ride, but Ballers is showing us the climb to that point. I’m probably the most interested in Strassmore’s past and seeing what led to his early retirement because he clearly struggles with hearing himself be called the “golden boy” by everyone as if he never lived up to those expectations during his time in the league. While Ballers looks to be a fun 30 minute show each week, I think there is a chance here to explore some great dramatic topics as well. Seeing Strassmore’s character struggle to get out of bed and pop pills throughout the episode already addresses that we will be seeing the impact of professional football and how much stress it puts onto your body by smashing into other 300 pound men week after week for multiple years. I would really love to see the show continue to incorporate the idea of injury and concussions because although we hear about it all, none of us truly know what it’s like or how it is handled.

Ballers pilot was a lot less funny than I expected, but I’m actually glad about that. I want to watch this be a success story, and I think there was a lot of good set up for that going forward. I really enjoyed The Rock’s performance in this pilot episode but definitely want to see more of Joe and Strassmore’s two friends. If Ballers can develop these characters in a believable way, then I think the show will have no problem finding viewers each week because a sports version of Entourage sounds fantastic.

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True Detective 1.6 Review: “Haunted Houses”

Well, after last night’s awesome sixth episode of True Detective, there are only two episodes left in this great first season.  Last night’s episode, “Haunted Houses,” answered a lot of lingering questions that link the show’s multiple timelines of past and present.  While the show was not as focused on solving the case, it was hectic and thrilling nonetheless, and tied up some loose ends that viewers probably had, mainly what caused the fallout between Rust and Marty?

The episode opened with a very intense scene of Marty dealing with the two guys that were with caught with his daughter, and he violently beats them for what they did.  We see him pushed to his limit and really pull strings to make this happen because let’s be honest; he probably wouldn’t have dealt with this in another way. Rust seems to be losing his mind a little more as well when we find him interrogating someone, but when he actually gets her confession signature, he tells her to kill herself because she wouldn’t survive in jail. These are two really tense moments to open with that are pretty dark reflections of what the characters have become.

After this Rust and Marty really just continue to butt heads and constantly clash at work; Rust is invested in secretly working the deer crown case in his free time while Marty has found himself in another affair. They are doing their usual things but the friendship has just dissolved; it’s sad, but we knew it was coming. Eventually Rust puts together that Tuttle has something to do with the murders and abductions, but gets himself suspended for pushing the theory too hard.

Maggie finds the pictures of the younger woman on Marty’s phone, but plays it cool and decides to go have an affair of her own by picking up some stranger at a bar. Then, the moment that everyone was waiting for, the reason that Rust and Marty fell out of touch…. Maggie shows up to have sex with Rust instead of the guy at the bar, and he does it. This was expected, but still crazy; Rust was pretty drunk but couldn’t resist. Let’s be honest, he’s in a bad place with Marty, he’s pretty drunk, and knows how bad of a husband Marty actually is.  Rust also knows exactly what she wants, just a one-time fling to really show Marty he’s messed up.

Marty almost can’t believe it, but we see how he really feels when Rust shows up at the department.  They have an epic brawl with Marty immediately tackling Rust and then landing some heavy right hooks on Rust’s face. Although he’s getting pretty pounded, Rust still seems in control of the fight, taking what he deserves for betraying Marty, but then taking him down in one swift move, hurling him into the back of his truck.  This was pretty fun to watch because these guys seemed bound to fight, and it didn’t disappoint, but Rust quits and we know why the two aren’t friends anymore.

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I think everything is setting up really well, and I love how they finished this episode with the guys reuniting as Rust chased Marty down in his truck. They agree to get a drink and there are two episodes, a.k.a, two hours (a movie length) left for Marty and Rust to fully solve the case of their careers.  I’m really excited for these final two episodes and feel exactly how I did when Breaking Bad was finishing up.

Right now, we know that the two people they are looking for are the yellow king and the man with the scars. My guess is that Tuttle, despite denying being involved, is the yellow king who runs that cult in the woods where they worship the devil or some type of evil.  However, I’m not sure who the man with the scars could be.  We also don’t know what the deal is with the supernatural forces that have popped up; Rust sees things, and LeDoux talks about his death right before it happens, mentioning the black stars, which then appeared to surround Rust’s head.

There are still some questions to be answered, but I’m ready to know what happens and can’t wait for Sunday to get here! “Haunted Houses” was another great episode that brought us up to speed so there is plenty of time to deliver a solid finale. If you have any theories of how True Detective might end, drop a comment below and let me know!

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True Detective Could Possibly Have Female Leads

Right now True Detective is the hottest show on television and has really been blowing myself and countless others away with it’s amazing first season so far.

There are only two episodes left, and sadly, it means only two episode left of McConaughey and Harrelson as one of the best duos on T.V. The biggest question on my mind, and soon everyone’s, is who will follow up these two and be the focus of season two?

In an article found here, creator Nic Pizzolatto responds to a tweet about female characters, leaving the fan with the open-ended, “Next season…” Obviously this is no guarantee, but at least cool to know that the writers are open to having any types of detectives.  Pizzolatto has done such an amazing job with the writing so far in this first season, so I’m sure that whoever signs on for season two will have a great character written for them.

True Detective has been everything I expected and so much more. There are still two episodes left in this season that I am massively anticipating (as I’m sure you all are), but I can’t help but think a little bit about what will come next from this show.

Either way, I’m excited to hear ideas for season two and will report more as soon as they come in!

Also check out my review of last night’s episode, “Haunted Houses” right here!

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True Detective 1.5 Review: “The Secret Fate of All Life”

So far, this first season of HBO’s mystery crime thriller, True Detective, is easily on the same level as last year’s final season of Breaking Bad. I want, so bad, to call this one of my favorite shows, but keep remembering that McConaughey and Harrelson are only set up for a one and done, and the show will feature two new detectives each season.  Now, I’m sure it will still be awesome, but until I can develop more of an opinion, I’m keeping my excitement to a seasonal level.  However, the quality, suspense, and writing of True Detective have definitely elevated it into the standards of televisions top tier.  Last night’s fifth episode, “The Secret Fate of All Life,” continued the show’s steady episodic improvement, and at points had me standing up with my hands on my head in awe of the plot.

Following up last week’s Alfonso Cuarόn-esque final scene, Rust and Marty are finally able to track down Reggie LeDoux. As the detectives are trekking through a lengthy stretch of deep woods strung with booby traps and the familiar wooden structures from the past crime scenes. This seems like it, the big gun battle we’ve been waiting for since Marty mentioned it a couple episodes ago; however, it turns out there was no shootout, and the guys carefully inched closer to the property where they confronted and captured LeDoux and his partner.  I thought this was an amazing scene and was super shocked when Marty just walks out and blows LeDoux’s brains out.  It was definitely justified when we figured out there were drugged children in the garage, but was pretty crazy that they framed the entire thing, that definitely had me laughing as they hopped between the present and past to explain and show what happened.

This was a really intense episode; finally catching LeDoux, Marty’s personal life, and then realizing the case still hasn’t been solved. I was definitely shocked to see that they want to pin Rust as the killer, but I just think he’s doing some off duty undercover work that nobody is aware of.  That’s the type of detective Rust is; he knows that he is smarter than the rest of the guys on the force. I’m pretty sure he’s making headway on the real conspiracy going on and the storage container is filled with evidence, like a ton of those little wooden structures, which would look really bad for Rust.

I really enjoyed the time jump in the past, and seeing us move out of 1995 and into 2002.  I’m curious to see if Marty’s personal life is leading to more of a tie in with the case, or if we are just witnessing the destruction of his character and family. They include a lot of possible foreshadowing with his kids.  When he runs over the tricycle, which I believe was the same episode when they confront his daughter about her sexual drawings, could be the destruction of her innocence.  Now we see the two sisters arguing over a plastic princess crown, and the first girl killed was given the deer antler crown.  I guess we’ll see, I’m not too concerned about it because a small portion of the episode is designated to their personal lives.

Either way, this was just another fantastic episode of True Detective, and I really am blown away each week. Although I’m pretty sad that there are only three episodes left of McConaughey and Harrelson in this first season, but I also cannot wait to see what happens next week. What did everyone think of this True Detective episode, “The Secret Fate of All Life.” Have any theories on how it’s gonna finish up?

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True Detective 1.3 Review: “The Locked Room”

Ahh, another Sunday, another new episode of True Detective to watch.  It’s nice to finally have a new show that I really look forward to each week now that Breaking Bad is off the air. Despite next week being a rerun, last night’s episode was, in my opinion, the best yet, and left us viewers with a lot of new information about Marty and Rust, the case, and where the show might head in the future.  The thing that I find so interesting about True Detective is how I never feel bored during such dialogue heavy episodes; the show’s main characters are written so well and McConaughey and Harrelson’s acting is top notch.

Rust and Marty grabbin' a bite

Rust and Marty grabbin’ a bite

As I said, I thought last night’s episode of True Detective was the best one so far.  Right from the start, Marty and Rust check out a church revival ministry tent that used to occupy the burnt down church when it was in town.  They hope to find possible info about Dora Lange’s murder. The people there are all super religious and the types that would seem to believe it if the minister began communicating with their deceased loved ones.  Rust immediately delivers one (among many this episode) of his brutally honest opinions by asking Marty, “what do you think the average IQ of this group, huh?” Which I thought was hilarious because what makes me love Rust’s character is how opposite he is from the traditional southern religious beliefs.  He gets a lot of crap for it from Marty and the other guys in the department, but I really love how his character doesn’t fall in line with the standard and can bring new perspectives to the table.  Anyway, after questioning the minister and some parishioners, they discover that Dora Lange did attend the church, with a tall man who had a burned face.

When the show flipped to the personal lives of our detectives, Marty just seems like he gets continuously angry.  He comes home to see his lawn mowed, even the clippings neatly in a trash bin. He finds Rust talking to Maggie and makes it clear that he wants Rust out, eventually giving him a hard time about helping out.  I’m not sure if Rust is trying to passively aggressive show Marty that he needs to be home more, or if he’s just being considerate and Marty realizes he should be home more.  Either way, this leads us to a night out double date where Maggie has set Rust up with one of her coworkers, to get drinks and dance.  Rust seems his usual quiet and un-enthused while the focus again is on Marty, as  he sees Lisa at another table on a date with a new guy.  When the dancing is done and everyone heads home, Marty’s poor judgement leads him to drunkenly drive over to Lisa’s apartment, force his way in, and threaten the guy she is with.

I’m not really sure what Marty is doing here.  I feel like he is going through some mid-life crisis (he mentions how he is nearing 40) and covers it up with “loving two women at once”. Although, I really liked the scene a little earlier where he is in the present time and gets caught day dreaming about Maggie while staring at his empty ring finger.

The next morning, when Marty comes sluggishly into the office, we discover that Rust has made a breakthrough in the case.  There was another woman who died in the past, but was said to have drowned in a flood; however, Rust points out that she has similar injuries to Dora Lange, was said to (also) have had LSD and meth in her system, and to add a cherry on top, was had the same spiral drawn on her body.

This is where things took this episode to the next level. We finally see the pair get a real lead in the case that they are about to lose and the thrills are in motion.  Marty and Rust follow up with the drowned girl’s grandfather who points them in the direction of her old boyfriend, Reggie Ledoux.  Then, we see that Ledoux was cell mates with Charlie Lange….

Marty and Rust throw on the siren and ride off to hunt Ledoux down.

Again, I just thought that all the clues they gave out within the span of this episode and then the epic ending where they hunt down the man wearing a gas mask.

I think the biggest clue I took from this episode was how the second victim also went to the school ran by the foundation of Reverend Tuttle.  I think we will discover that this Ledoux guy was the first killer, but Tuttle is actually behind it all.  Maybe this future killer is another trainee of his who can commit the murders and take the fall.  He is also the guy who set up the task force to take over this case from Rust and Marty, so that a group specialized in “occult crimes” can lead the investigation.  Tuttle would seem to have a nice set up to cover himself and lead the police away from ever getting close to catching him. Either way, I can’t wait until episode four because I’m sure it will be even better.

Other Notes:

-I really liked two of Marty’s lines tonight; the first is when he admits although Rust is arrogant, he was always right.  Even though they piss each other off most of the time, the respect is still there. The second was pretty unexpected ( in a good way) when he is honking for Rust to return to the car, “who walks that f**king slow?”

-The man with the facial scars never leads to anything, but Rust’s interrogation skills are pretty menacingly awesome!

– Marty mentions a shootout. I can’t wait to see it happen.

-“And like many dreams… There’s a monster at the end.”

What did you think of The Locked Room? Have any good theories about what might happen? Feel free to share!

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True Detective 1.2 Review: “Seeing Things”

I apologize for getting this up late in the week, I’ve been busy with starting my last semester of classes, returning to work, and started writing some official reviews for TVOvermind.com.  It’s been a great start to the semester and I’ve stayed pretty organized, am working hard, and feel good.

I really enjoy relaxing after my work with a beer and a bunch of good t.v., especially during True Detective.  I’m still waiting to see this show really get going once we know more about the plots, but the mystery surrounding everything is definitely keeping me drawn in and wanting more.  This past week’s episode, Seeing Things, stepped more into the personal lives of the detectives while the antler murder takes a back seat for a majority of the episode.

After his little office interaction last episode, I was wondering how long it would take until we saw Marty cheat.  We barely see any of Marty’s wife and daughter already, so do we really think he can successfully keep this up?

I really liked when Rust calls him out by smell in the locker room; it makes me think that Rust’s sly but truthful remarks will push too far at some point and cause him and Marty’s falling out.

Eventually their leads take them to a run down abandoned church that seems pretty uneventful.  After scanning for anything unusual, Rust discovers a painting on the wall that is covered, and after brushing back nature, sees a picture resembling the antler girl murder.

I thought this was a solid follow up episode that gave us a little more of a personal introduction to who these characters really are.  Marty isn’t as moral as he plays himself up to be, while Rust just seems to fall more and more out of it, having strange hallucinations this episode. I like these characters a lot and can’t wait for episode 3 of True Detective.

What did everyone else think of Seeing Things?

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True Detective 1.1 “The Long Bright Dark” Review

Wow… Just what an amazing first episode for HBO’s new crime drama True Detective.  For those unaware, the show follows around two detectives (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) and their quest to hunt down a serial killer in Louisiana.  I’m a little late because the episode premiered during the Golden Globes this past Sunday, but boy do I wish I had tuned into this instead.

The show opens up with a taped off crime scene at a lonely tree in the center of crop fields where viewers are immediately hit with a dark and twisted ritualistic murder that features a naked girl in a fixed position with a crown made from branches and deer antlers on her head.  I thought that this opening was really well done and immediately sets a very dark tone that the show will hopefully embody throughout its entire first season.

The episode introduced us to partners Rust (McConaughey) and Martin (Harrelson) who, while having many differences, share a respect over their duty to the law and to one another’s brilliant skill set.  Rust is clearly the mysterious odd man out in the office, coming from Southern Texas and known as “The Taxman” for carrying around a larger than normal notepad while Martin is the family man who does his job well and is much more approachable. The two seem like an odd but fitting pair who can get the job done by combining their different methods and knowledge.

Martin and Rust

I thought it was interesting that the show is set both in the past and future and we discover that the case featured in the show actually takes place around 10 years beforehand and Rust and Marting are no longer partners or even speaking with one another. They are both back in the police station being interviewed at separate times to reflect on the case that is covered throughout this episode.  Martin makes some comment towards the fact that over seven years people change and things happen, but we are still in the dark about the reasons for their apparent falling out.  In the future scenes, Martin seems to still have his act together and possibly have some type of a job with the police seeing as he is in a suit and tie.  Rust, on the other hand, has seemed to let himself go; sporting long and messy hair, a mustache, and is still ripping through cigs while starting his drinking at noon.  This leaves viewers with so many questions about their relationship and time on the force, those “how did we get here?” type questions, but the big question, which even the two present day detectives ask their interviewers is, why is this important? What does it relate to?

In the shows closing moments, Rust questions why he was called in and we are shown a case file featuring a picture of a woman suspended from a bridge, naked, with the same symbols and deer antler crown as the body found in the past.  The two current officers say they are trying to figure out how this happened if Rust and Martin caught and locked this guy up so long ago.  And as if this premiere episode weren’t amazing already, McConaughey drives it home with the deliverance of one final line, “start asking the right fucking questions.” and we fade out to the burning drag he takes from his cigarette.

This first episode was really phenomenal and just feels like a show that has been missing from my life.  It’s dark, edgy, thrilling, and thought provoking which is pretty much everything I could want in a crime show.  I love the mystery to Rust’s character and felt like he was this badass southern rogue version of Sherlock that I want to see more of.  Both McConaughey and Harrelson killed it and I can’t wait for the second episode! I definitely recommend watching True Detective as soon as possible because it has already caught my attention and will hopefully only get better and become one of 2014’s best shows.

What did you think of the show? How do you think it looks going forward? Leave your thoughts and comments below!

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True Detective Trailer

This is the trailer for a new HBO crime drama and mystery show True Detective, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. I think it looks cool, I like both actors and HBO shows are usually well-done so check it out!

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