SEASON THREE is much better than SEASON TWO but still below the first season. In my opinion, this third season the most less ambitious in the TRUE DETECTIVE saga. But it doesn't that it's bad. It's still a powerful series. Mahershala Ali was very great in here and I think he deserves some awards for his performance. The mystery is so compelling. It's very intriguing. Not as great as 1st season but it's satisfying...
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.
So yeah, this might have been awesome, as the first two episodes directed by Saulnier are great. But after that it all just kind of teeters off, dissipates. Too many time levels, too much characterization and writing. Ali and Dorff are great, but... People have said that this is the first season rehashed, only inferior. I agree wholeheartedly. In the end the problem is that the season just isn't interesting.
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!
(Vukekparsurleweb) (3,5/5) Après 2 bonnes saisons - l'une avec un accueil trop dithyrambique, l'autre par contre injustement bashée sur les réseaux sociaux -, cette 3e s'avère de bonne facture, avec des acteurs convaincants et une construction en 3 périodes entremêlées qui relève de l'horlogerie de précision au niveau de l'écriture. MAIS la série s'est un peu perdue à avoir trop voulu auto-pasticher sa 1ere saison.
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.
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).