The Great War and Modern Memory
True Detective Season 3

94%

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Critic Ratings: 16
Critics Consensus

Briskly re-establishing the series' status quo, "The Great War and Modern Memory" economically fleshes out a mystery and world that will be familiar to True Detective fans, with a triptych time structure adding an intriguing new dimension to proceedings.

Episode Info

Season 3 begins with the disappearance of a young Arkansas boy and his sister in 1980, which triggers vivid memories and enduring questions for retired detective Wayne Hays, who worked the case 35 years ago with his then-partner Roland West. What started as a routine case becomes a long journey to dissect the crime and make sense of it.

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Critic Reviews for The Great War and Modern Memory

This was redneck noir: Twin Peaks meets Broadchurch, with a dash of The Killing.

Jan 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The premiere, titled "The Great War and Modern Memory," is grounded in the anthology series' past -- there are plenty of nods to everyone's favorite season, the first -- while establishing a fresh narrative about how memories shape our lives.

Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Good news, fake-crime fans: True Detective season 3 is a legitimate descendant of the first (and best) season.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a great start to the season, providing Ali a wonderful character in Wayne Hays, and creator Nic Pizzolatto and crew have crafted a mesmerizing beginning about the power of the past as someone loses grip of it.

Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Mahershala Ali's tense, restrained performance is spectacular, and it manages to justify an arguably precious time-bending structure.

Jan 16, 2019 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

There's a lot, a lot, going on here, and most of it is successful because of Ali, who nails this different character not only in three time periods but in three distinct areas of his life.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Instead of two stars like in season 1 or four stars in season 2, Oscar winner Mahershala Ali has center stage all to himself.

Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Come for the unravelling Arkansas mystery - but stay for the mesmerising tour de force that is Mahershala Ali and you won't be disappointed by this latest outing.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Already there's a much greater sense of confidence in the show, and it feels like Nic Pizzolatto has got his mojo back. There's a very clear setup, well-drawn characters, and a real sense of purpose.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

If it weren't for Ali's performance, Wayne might come off as a little, well, much. But Ali stays forceful and understated.

Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…