The first season of True Detective was a bit of a phenomenon. Still is, really. Because while the anthology show’s most recent outing managed—thanks in part to the ever-reliable brilliance of Mahershala Ali—to deliver an overall stirring season of television, there’s something almost mythic about that initial run that makes it still feel head and shoulders above its successors. That’s partly due to the crashing disappointment that followed it, of course. There aren’t many examples of a collapse in a show’s quality from one season to the next more dramatic than the first two of True Detective. From McConaughey to Vaughn; from Pizolatto and Fukunaga to just Pizolatto; from being one of the most quotable shows on television (‘Time is a flat circle’) to being one of the most ‘quotable’ shows on television (‘Never do anything out of hunger. Not even eating’)—True Detective Season One to True Detective Season 2 was the equivalent of a one-two combo haymaker from the Incredible Hulk followed up by a aimless flail from a confused and hungover-from-just-being-the-Hulk Bruce Banner. But even if that second season had been a worthy follow-up (and though time has cooled some of the euphoria we may feel towards it now) we would still look upon the show’s debut run as a great example of all the elements of a creative process coming together to create something quite special.
Apart from the writing and imagery and performances of that first season of True Detective one of the best things about it was its intro/title sequence. It was dark and foreboding with shades of the mystical about it. Featuring the haunting tones of ‘Far From Any Road’ by the husband and wife duo The Handsome Family, it perfectly set the tone for the show it was introducing every week. It was one of those intros you just never skipped. Last year, YouTuber Robin Lindqvist mashed it up with that other TV intro that is impossible to skip.
No, not It’s Always Sunny.
Check this beauty out, it’s pure dynamite:
The shot choice, the editing, the effects, the unfurling of the Stark banner over Theon’s blacked out eye! It makes me oddly melancholy for the show that once was, and the promises that it held, compared to the flawed spectacle that it has become. Insert chef’s kiss gif here.
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