On the other side of Los Angeles County is the hardened,
knife-wielding Detective Ani Bezzerides (McAdams) with some serious daddy
issues. Her backstory is the most L.A. of the four, having been raised by a new
age guru and a sister doing Internet porn. Bezzerides has zero f**ks about everything
and McAdams owns every moment of it. If there’s anyone who gets McConaughey’s magic
touch, it’ll be her as she knifes any man that crosses her.
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Kitsch rounds out the cast as Paul Woodrugh, a deeply
sad California Highway Patrolman harboring dark secrets that are only hinted at
in the first three episodes the media was allowed to see. Though, Kitsch offers
the show’s sole sex appeal with a butt-baring moment in the first episode. (At
least Pizzolatto got the memo about offering up some male nudity.)
While the transportation deal is at the core of the show’s
interlocking character drama, it’s a murder of a local government official --
with a serious sex obsession -- that brings all four characters together. But
don’t think they’ll all work happily together to find the killer. The cops
quickly become distracted with agendas focused on thwarting the other’s
efforts, which at times almost feels secondary to each of their own problems.
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If you picked up on the running theme here, it's that all these
people are sad, miserable, unhappy people. The characters are so heavy with
thought, it’s any wonder if they know they live in the bright, sunny Los
Angeles that always made Don Draper a tanned, happy clam on Mad Men.