Critic Consensus: Driven by Mahershala Ali's mesmerizing performance, True Detective's third season finds fresh perspective by exploring real world events -- though it loses some of the series' intriguing strangeness along the way.
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It is neither as raw and gripping as the series' rookie season nor as structurally unsound as its second. It is good, not great.
Given the cryptic and slow burning nature of the show - creator Nic Pizzolatto and co. are big on holding back key details until the right moment.
True Detective Season 3 is a little more workmanlike and less baroque, perhaps too eager to prove that it can tell a legible story again.
Despite the shadowy distractions, "True Detective" is a solid procedural led by a faceted leading performance.
I wondered what I would think if neither of the previous seasons had existed, and I realized-I probably wouldn't be thinking about it at all.
But despite a tremendous lead performance from Mahershala Ali, it doesn't quite reach the heights of Season 1, either. More than anything, it feels unnecessary, hitting the same self-consciously grim notes we've seen plenty of times before.
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