‘True Detective’ is returning and critics say it’s much better than the messy season 2

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Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for “True Detective” season three.
HBO’s “True Detective” anthology series is back and critics have mixed reviews.
Many are rejoicing, because it’s far better than the second season.
But others think that’s a low bar, and instead it’s simply redundant of the first season.
“True Detective” returns to HBO on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

After a lengthy hiatus following the notoriously messy second season, HBO’s “True Detective” crime series is back for a third installment. This time starring Mahershala Ali, Steph Dorff, and Carmen Ejogo, the season is a standalone from the previous two.

Taking place in Arkansas, the story revolves around the disappearance of two young kids. Ali’s character, Wayne Hays, takes center stage as a brilliant investigator with reconnaissance experiences thanks to his time served in the Vietnam War.

The story is told across three different time frames (1980, 1990, and 2015) as the case is opened, re-opened, and then documented for a true crime series TV show. Let’s see what critics are saying.

The new story has a lot in common with the first season — for good or bad

“So let’s go ahead and address this right away: ‘True Detective’ creator Nic Pizzolatto has taken the right lessons from the successes of season one and failures of season two to pen a highly engaging whodunnit, one which borrows heavily from the show’s debut season to great effect.”

— Collider’s Allison Keene

“‘True Detective’ season three — which made the first five episodes of the season available for review — is more than a return to Season one’s spooky, winding excellence. It tackles different issues to previous seasons and focuses more sharply on issues and realities that were left unexamined in its previous iterations.”

— Mashable’s Alexis Nedd

“The first five episodes are stirring entertainment, steadying a very rocky boat and teasing an end that feels far more likely to exceed expectations than spoil a strong setup. ‘True Detective’ is good again, and that alone is worth celebrating.”

— IndieWire’s Ben Travers

“If you score ‘True Detective’ season three on originality, it fails — for repeating both its own history and the already-dated cable genre of glum loners confronting the evils men do. But if you treat it as a do-over — if the series, like one of its haunted antiheroes, is retracing its steps to try to get things …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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