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True Detective. Polar Night, series review (2004)

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True Detective.  Polar Night, series review (2004)

The last season of “True Detective” It has become the penultimate stone of the scandal on social networks around the world. Most professional criticism, at least the non-politicized one, has been quite benevolent towards her. While, as far as the spectators are concerned, the positions have been much more opposed, especially from ideological positions, which is just another symptom of a very widespread social illness that leads to judging cultural works from the most biased and petty as possible, to accept them only as long as they confirm certain (pre)judgments.

In “Polar Night” For the first time we have Nic Pizzolato outside the project, beyond a symbolic mention as “Executive Producer”, which is understandable: if the second and third seasons demonstrated anything, it is that the creator of “True Detective” It was a pistol with a single bullet in the chamber; and the dark witchcraft that permeated those eight legendary episodes, combined with the impeccable direction of Cary Joji Fukunaga, and the powerful performances of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, was not repeated. This time HBO has recruited the Mexican Issa López, whose previous best-known project was an exhilarating fantasy film, “They come back”, filmed with the sponsorship of Guillermo del Toro. Reading between the lines of the interviews she has given, we can understand that the showrunner offered her story to HBO and that it accepted it on the condition that she make the minimum changes necessary for it to become a new season of “True Detective”. So, yes, we are facing a “True Detective” apocryphal, but also the first interesting one since Rust Cohle delved into the depths of Carcosa.

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The first strong point of “Polar Night” It is, of course, the cast: it is headed by the great Jodie Foster who plays with her usual conviction the sheriff of a remote town in northern Alaska, and who is perfectly complemented, as a state agent, by the semi-unknown Kali Reis: one more cynical and logical, the other more hardened and full of rage and, perhaps, for that very reason, more “human.” Foster as Liz Danvers is exceptional, but it is Reis’ credit for not disappearing, vaporized, every time she shares a shot with one of the best actresses of all time. Both are distant descendants of the protagonist of one of the best noir series in history and, without a doubt, one of the most imitated, the Danish “Forbrydelsen. breaking latest news of a murderwho created the prototype of the taciturn and obsessive police officer who moves towards solving her case, even if she must do so among the ruins of her personal life.

López’s love for fantasy and horror can be seen from the beginning of the series, which is almost a tribute to the brilliant “The Thing” by John Carpenter, passing through a plot full of visions, prophecies and supernatural elements worthy of an adaptation of Lovecraft (although always leaving the door open to attribute them to the psychological instability of the characters). And, above all, it is perceived in some indelible images, among which, for its strength, an enormous pile of intertwined and frozen bodies stands out. The chosen setting itself, an isolated town, surrounded by the impenetrable arctic darkness, in which cold, snow and ice are constant presences, accentuates the feeling that we are in a liminal space, on the edge of another world. On the other hand, López abandons the slow and melancholic rhythm that had been one of the signatures of the “Pizzolato era” for a much more frenetic succession of events, this time with mixed results. “Polar Night” is, in much of its footage, very entertaining, but often gives the impression that it is full of underdeveloped or even leftover plot threads, especially with regard to the past of Reis and Foster’s characters, while that others could have been exploited more, such as everything related to the beliefs of the natives of the region.

However, like any mystery series (as long as it is not a disaster from the very beginning) where it is played is in the resolution. AND “Polar Night” She was especially reluctant to give explanations before her last episode, which contrasts, for example, with the “Pizzolato style” where these were dosed organically. This can be very risky, if the ending is not up to par. The last episode closes all the subplots that it had been presenting in a way that is, at the same time, definitive and unsatisfying (and that is inevitably reminiscent of one of Agatha Christie’s most famous novels), However, to be fair something similar happened with the mythical and mythologized “True Detective 1”After all, time is a flat circle and we are trapped in it.

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