At last, the time for midterms has come, but, just next week is Spring Break. Time to celebrate all the hard work you’ve put in this semester and get yourself pumped up for the remaining weeks ahead. If you’re like me, you don’t have any huge getaway plans, so maybe you need something to do. I’ve already given you tips for snow days, which would apply to any break, really. But maybe you’re looking for a specific recommendation. No worries, I absolutely have one.
Watch True Detective. You may have heard of the HBO series starring Woody Harrelson and now Oscar-Winner Matthew McConaughey (let that sink in for a moment). The hour-long drama is part one of an installment of anthologies, meant to cover different detectives and different cases each season. The remarkable thing about the show is that the entire season has one writer and one director, whereas most television shows tend to have several throughout a season. This allows for a great cohesiveness with the show in terms of plot and character development, as well as camera work and imagery.
The first season covers Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Harrelson) through their nearly twenty year journey of uncovering a serial killer in Louisiana. While the plot may sound cliche, and several elements of the show are as well, the shows acting, direction, and writing work together to create some truly amazing television. Episode 4 ends with a six-minute tracking shot, a truly astounding feat for television. Only eight episode, it’s not a huge commitment, which makes it a totally doable watch for Spring Break.
Have you already watched the show? Well, maybe you should delve deeper and check out The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers. The show borrows a lot of symbolism from the book of short stories. It’s even in the public domain, which means you can read it for free!