Forbes explains why True Detective is so great. In fact, I would call it brilliant.
The things that make True Detective great–its specific voice and distinctive look–seem to stem directly from its unconventional production approach. But this novelistic approach simply wouldn’t have worked over a longer season or one that was more open ended. The fact that HBO was willing to take this kind of gamble suggests that the world of television is facing a moment of disruption where the old rules suddenly seem made to be broken. True Detective may be the first drama series to be made this way, but don’t bet on it being the last.