Matthew Mcconaughey and Woody Harrelson star as Louisiana cops who investigated an odd killing back in 1995.
The show takes place in Southern Louisiana and stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as officers Rusty Cole and Martin Hardin. What’s interesting is that the show takes place in the present, but focuses on the past, through flashbacks and interviews with the two main characters.
In its premiere episode, the show starts off with Cole and Hardin being interviewed about a case they worked together back in 1995. The case quickly becomes a strange one, as we are treated to a crime scene involving a ritualistic killing, and a nude victim, adorned with a crown of brush and antlers. The victim is presumed to be a prostitute.
From there, through interviews, we see the two officers slowly putting the case together, and getting to know one another. Hardin is the more relatable of the two characters, obviously, as he seems like your everyman kind of cop. Nice, personable, has a wife and a couple small daughters.
In contrast, Cole, is a non religious, pessimistic guy who’s view of the world is that the evolution of humanity is a step in the wrong direction and that humanity should fight against its programming and refuse to procreate for the good of the species. This makes Cole a more interesting character, but not especially relatable or likable.
We find out a bit later on that Cole lives rather sparsely, his apartment is little more than a mattress on the floor covered with a sheet and a pillow. There are numerous books littered around detailing various types of investigations, but aside from that, his apartment is pretty bare. Known as “The Taxman”, from his large ledger, that he uses to take notes on cases, from his co-workers, his interview is interrupted by cigarette breaks, (even when the other officers tell him that he shouldn’t be smoking), and paid requests for beer runs, which the other officers have to honor.
Near the end of the episode we find out the real purpose for the interviews about the case, the fact that the supposed killer has struck again, which isn’t terribly surprising, but the hook is that it can’t be the same killer, as they caught the original killer back in 1995.
It’s an interesting premise, but only time will tell if it can sustain momentum to last a full season. For a show to exist primarily in the past, but take place in the present, is different, but a bit awkward, as if we’re never really in the moment and I think that takes away something. Still, it’s worth watching for the interactions of the two main characters alone, which is probably the strongest aspect of the show.