Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | True Detective seems ready to return to top form in new S3 trailer

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On the case —

Mahershala Ali stars in latest season, set in the Ozarks with three timelines.


Hexbyte - Tech News - Ars Technica | Detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) investigates a missing persons case while haunted by his past.
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Detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) investigates a missing persons case while haunted by his past.

We’d almost forgotten about HBO’s uneven crime anthology series True Detective. It had a fantastic first season, only to hemorrhage viewers with the abysmally dreary, disappointing second season. But now the series is coming back for season 3, and if the new trailer is any indication, it’s a welcome return to form.

The brainchild of former lit professor and novelist Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective has always fostered a very literary, philosophical tone, and, shall we say, unhurried pacing. When it works, it’s brilliant. Season 1 was set in the Louisiana Bayou, as Detective Rustin “Rust” Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and his partner Detective Martin “Marty” Hart (Woody Harrelson) tracked down a twisted serial killer with a fondness for leaving weird twig sculptures in the woods.

The spooky setting and strong chemistry between the lead actors pretty much ensured its success with viewers and critics alike. It was well-plotted to reel the viewer in, and the dialogue between McConaughey and Harrelson yielded some much-needed comic relief. (Only McConaughey could pull off those long, drawling abstract ruminations without everyone wanting to strangle him, his partner included.)

  • Detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) is on the case.


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  • Hays works with Arkansas State Investigator Roland West (Stephen Dorff).


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  • An innocent bike ride about to turn ominous.


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  • These guys look like they’re up to no good.


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  • A confrontation looks imminent.


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  • Dredging the river for missing children.


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  • The search continues into the night.

  • Detective Hays finds one of the children’s bicycles.


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  • Addressing a worried community.


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  • Lucy Purcell (Mamie Gummer) is a mother possibly caught up in a crime.

  • Amelia Reardon (Carmen Ejogo) is a schoolteacher connected with the missing children.


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  • A mysterious board could contain clues.


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  • Could there be some clues in the creepy attic?


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  • An outbreak of violence.


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  • Detective Hays takes aim.


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