Yield to the Era of McConaughey. You thought it was over with his Oscar win, didn't you? Well, you thought wrong. It's just getting started.
McConaughey's role as the masculinely-named (true) Detective Rusin Cohle doubled-down on the grimness of his appearances in films like The Paperboy and Killer Joe, and added a dose of surreal, philosophical weirdness, thanks to showrunner Nic Pizzolatto's riffs on religion, nihilism and the psychosphere.
Whether Young Cohle or Old Cohle is your favorite, it's easy to agree that he's at his best delivering stream-of-consciousness rants, either to a befuddled Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) in the '90s, or the detectives interrogating him in the present day.
Continue the McConaughaissance. Surrender your Emmy to him, Academy. You won't be disappointed.
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