Much closer in feel and tone to the first season. The two leads are great together and the scripts are executed expertly enough to make the inter-woven stories flow together quite seamlessly. It likely never had a chance to live up to the incredible first season, but it is still a welcome return to form. If Pizzolatto keeps churning seasons of this quality, you won't hear me complain.
More interesting as a rumination on aging than as another procedural crime series, but not that interesting anyway The attempt to recapture the dark mood of the first season after the disastrous second is painfully obvious. It's set in the same universe and it feels redundant, even counterproductive. The first had philosophical aspirations. The third is mostly soporific.
Pretty solid but sadly tries to mimic many of the things that made the 1st season so good without succeeding. The worst thing is that the truth behind the mystery is revealed in such a clunky fashion it almost begs belief. In many ways this season reveals that the hated 2nd acutally is way better than this one, since it was so different from the 1st. The best things is Ali´s performance.
Closer in the style, form, feel, atmosphere of S1. As suspected, the characters are no where near as intriguing as S1; so nothing remarkable. Why S1 was the greatest series of all time was Cohle (Hart paired perfectly too), with the philosophical element to Cohle. The mystery was secondary Cohle's journey/ramblings (heavily Ligotti). S3 end episode was completely underwhelming (other than the chat with Hoyt).
Inferior remake of season 1, without philosophic existentialism of Rust Chole or interesting characters outside of maybe Stephen Dorff. Multiple timelines don't do much favor this time around, and it's hard to remain invested in three different story-lines, that all seek for a conclusion in the last episode - especially when the entire story arc could fit into one half.Otherwise, a solid and watchable crime drama.
The first episodes really drove me into the feeling that something was really wrong about the disappearance of the Purcell's kids. The tension about the case was really well constructed and similiar to season one untill the last two episodes, that in my opinion were not a very good closure for the story. In comparison to the first one, we can say that season three is considerable inferior. 3.5 stars.
The first season's boldness and sheer confidence may still be the high water mark, but this return t its Southern Gothic roots features the most human characters. The mystery of the crime, while still compelling, pales in comparison to the mystery of these characters lives and souls, and the entire cast does a superb job conveying that. And all hail the Dorffaissance!