Is the skepticism in the dialogue of True Detective the most interesting discussion of agnosticism and perhaps atheism to come out of Hollywood in as long as you can remember, or is it just me? You usually just get shit like Religulous. I don’t recall anything quite like the conversations between the characters played by Woody and Matt.
At times the dialogue is necessarily glib and maybe just a little too smooth to keep the flow of the show going, and they still treat Matt’s character like a freak, albeit obliquely through the interviews with the detectives (did you notice that on of the interviewers was Brother Mouzone from the Wire?), but they are giving fair time to a very, by American and even Hollywood standards, radical concept, that there really is no God.
Not to mention the whole fucking show is awesome and brilliantly acted. And if you doubt me, watch the “doubt” conversation from tonight’s episode to see how clever and smart (those aren’t the same things) the writing is. I also loved the “mowing my lawn” innuendo.