it honestly surprises me that true detective isn’t more popular on here, it’s probably because rust and marty are pretty explicit in their hatred for women and the narrative doesn’t try to hide it
I think the kinds of discussions that Tumblr is particularly good at facilitating gravitate towards media that isn’t just progressive, but has an aspirational or projective bent, and which, when you put pressure on it, throws those elements into high contrast. Even when the discourse is about problematizing the text, it’s all about moving it towards an affirmational and ultimately utopian reading.
True Detective makes that difficult, to say the least. I think its aesthetics are just really at odds with that kind of reading. If you peer closely at True Detective’s explicit misogyny, you don’t get a reparative reading of Maggie so much as a very troubling (well, more troubling) nullifying reading of Marty and Rust.
Tumblr discourse kind of short-circuits when it comes up against the kind of intensely theological Crypto-Puritan nihilism True Detective is all about. There’s nothing galvanizing or invigorating to get out of it. Eg. Hannibal, even at its darkest, has an internal metaphysics that’s about creation and about surviving hard stuff. It’s a bleak show but that’s where there’s something giddy about reading against that grain and finding Fuller’s little strains of activating ethics in it.
I mean, I think there’s a reason that so much of what the internet has to say about TD is dumb theory-crafting and LOST-style speculation. Because it doesn’t really encourage the kinds of conversations that Tumblr/forum/message board culture have taught us to conduct.
shout out to aunt jemima who them white folks still got enslaved in kitchens all across america
If this is anything like when T Bone Burnett did the music for the first season of Nashville, we’re looking at an excellent (and way more diverse) first season of television.