True Fans of True Detective

Logan: Mike, on a scale of 1 to 10, how obsessed are you with TRUE DETECTIVE?

Mike: Hah, well I started watching it because of you—literally, you gave me access to your HBO GO account—and you’ve brought it up so much around these parts, that I wanted to get an understanding of why you were so obsessed with it. It’s a really good show! The camera work is really good! The storyline is really compelling!

Logan: Mike that wasn’t a rating. WHAT IS YOUR RATING?

Mike: Hah, okay, hmm. Eight? Nine. I’d say nine. I’d hate to say 10, only because when something is a 10, it really does mean I’m putting off all the work I should be doing and watching episodes of the show over and over again, and then reading recaps somewhere. And also maybe investigating things on the side. Um, I am sure you are a 10.

Logan: I am for sure a 10. For sure. I mean, there are people more obsessed than me, but only because they have a larger capacity for obsession. Like, I’m not making my own gifs or slowing down audio files or marking up screenshots. I mean, I would if I could, I just don’t have the technical skills. HA. But I’m watching some gifs. Watching the hell out of some gifs. Spent some long hours on a sub-reddit. I’m extremely excited by your very high number!!!!!! I’m so glad you like it. But wait. I need to know—have you had a 10? What’s been a 10? What have you investigated ON YOUR OWN???? ?

Mike: Okay, I am a crazy person. Thanks for making me reveal to everyone that I am a crazy person. Do you remember Zodiac? The movie with Jake Gyllenhaal based on the book of the same name by Robert Grayson? So I watched that movie and thought it was a good movie. And then I spent … a significant amount of time going into newspaper archives—ProQuest, LexisNexis—looking up the original articles written about the Zodiac killer and some of the victims. And then I started building a timeline … anyway. THAT IS AN EXAMPLE.

Logan: Hhahahah MIKE! That is amazing. But also: THAT IS JOURNALISM!!! Hahaha those murders ACTUALLY HAPPENED, you were reading THE NEWS. Amazing. I love you. You’re the best. You learned something about a real thing.

Mike: Okay, so, yes, that was based on a real thing that happened. But! So if True Detective became a 10 for me, that would mean, for example, me running out to find a copy of The King in Yellow, the collection of short stories by Robert Chambers that the writers of True Detective refer to sometimes, and that superfans have been closely making connections to. I am aware of that only because I typed in “Yellow King” into Google to see if that was a real thing, and then I learned that yes, there is that connection. But I am not going to buy that book. Are you going to buy that book!? I mean, you are a 10.

Logan: No, it’s not within my capacity for obsession to buy the book. Hahah. I would never buy the book. I haven’t even read the long excerpts, just bits and pieces. I don’t think it’s necessary. In my opinion. Okay so Mike: How much would you pay to watch the next three episodes of True Detective if all HBO GO passwords stopped working and they were only available to purchase. I would pay literally any amount of money that I could access.

Mike: Hah, well I would have bought the episodes on iTunes or whatever if they were available, but they are. Hmmm. I would pay maybe $10 each for the rest of the episodes. There are three left?

Logan: Yes. 8 total. $10 each. I mean, that is a good amount. I’m impressed. I think you valued it in a smart way. I think the market could accommodate that price point. I wouldn’t even hate them at all if they did that. $10 is nothing! We’re talking about a man’s life here!!!!! My life. I’m the man.

Mike: Hah. I mean $30 for three more episodes is not nothing! Honestly I would be too angry to care about what happened next if they were like, okay to finish the rest of the show, each episode is $20. Like, can you imagine how ,ad people would be? Do you think people would not be angry?

Logan: I think some people would be angry but I think the TRUE fans would be like you know what, you’re right. It’s that good. And take my firstborn while you’re at it.



10 Comments / Post A Comment

echolikebells (#3,272)

My roommate is leaving and going to our hometown this weekend and I plan on straight-up marathoning this show the whole time he is gone.

ETA: Maybe the whole time is an exaggeration but I really am going to marathon it and I am so excited.

readyornot (#816)

I love that Mike looked up the real murders behind Zodiac. I will reveal that the (somewhat mediocre) movie Fracture with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling made me go look up whether the plot twist at the end was even legal.

Actually, come to think of it, I OFTEN go snooping around on the internet after seeing a movie/consuming any other piece of media. Like, I do not want to hear anything about a movie at all before I’ve seen it, outside of a trailer, or having read the book if it’s based on a book. This makes it pretty difficult to hang out with my husband’s parents over the holidays because they see literally every Oscar bait-y movie the second it comes out and then talk about them all the time! lalalala fingers in my ears

But as soon as I’ve seen something, I want to read the reviews from all my faves (Andrew O’Hehir, Wesley Morris, Dana Stevens) immediately, and I also want to hunt down how the director got it made, what happened to the real-life people who inspired the movie, etc. Fruitvale Station inspired like a days-long fugue state for me reading all the interviews with Ryan Coogler and watching every grainy iPhone video uploaded to youtube. p.s. good movie, Wallace 4eva!

Logan, maybe you can do an “analysis of class” of True Detective a la Mallory and Jia for the O.C. But maybe it has to wait? I don’t know, there are a lot of billfold readers with no HBO subscription, it seems like.

acid burn (#113)

I love this!!! More often than not I will look up the true story behind something after I watch it, either because I loved it and I want to know more, or because it sucked and I want to get mad about how they changed the story. I rewatched Zodiac recently and then went on the SAME wikipedia spiral that I had already done five years ago or whatever.

girlandtonic (#6,036)

For any fans who want to read The King in Yellow but it is outside their budget to buy, may I present this link!

bgprincipessa (#699)

“that swirly thing” yes, descriptive, exactly.

shannowhamo (#845)

@bgprincipessa I loved that tag but felt the only one missing was “big hug mug”

ceereelyo (#3,552)

My husband is OBSESSED…Logan, he is right there at your ten and won’t shut up about all his theories and things he reads. He is intense and will email me links to websites I can’t view at work of these TD memes, and then will try to describe them to my via gchat. This past weekend we had dinner and drinks with two of our couple friends, and who are all also fans of TD. We talked about it to death, but after dinner on our way home, my husband was in a way disappointed that they were “rookies” in their theories
because he knew so much more than him. He is out of control.

I love researching on movies and tv shows, I like finding out the true story behind the fiction, background on the time period etc. Yesterday I was stuck in a Dan Brown novel -movie adaptation marathon (Angels and Demons and Da Vinci Code) so I went to look up information on the Papal Enclave, but I was more interested in the logistical standpoint, like if there are snacks available and the bathroom situation since they are all just locked up in there until they decide who is the next pope. They’re all dudes, so I assume it’s just like a chamber pot behind some privacy screen, but like snacks?

wiresbetweenus (#5,310)

I’ve been so overwhelmed by possible theories. I am so sad there are only 2 episodes left.

shannowhamo (#845)

I love it for tons of reasons but it helps that my dad also likes it and since he’s not on the internet reading about it all the time, all of my theories and analysis is new to him!

I give it 9 on a 10 scale. really love this series its awesome

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