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Dear Writers of HBO

Dear Writers of HBO,

I recently saw one of the trailers for your latest series True Detective. I’ll be honest: it looks like a thoroughly forgettable mashup of Justified and Silence of the Lambs. I could be wrong about that, of course – but I doubt I’ll be sticking around to find out.

And anyway, that’s not why I’m writing this.

I’m writing this because of something Matthew McConaughey says at the end of the trailer, during a conversation with Woody Harrelson. It goes like this:

WH: “Do you wonder ever if you’re a bad man?”

MM: “The world needs bad men. We keep the other bad men from the door.”

Which is where I start scratching my head and ask, “Since when?”

Call me woefully old-fashioned, but I thought that job belonged to the good guys. So did I miss something? Was there a transfer of responsibility somewhere somehow that I simply failed to notice?

I’m not asking for men in spotless white hats, mind you. I’m only wondering why I ought to give a damn about your good and evil when the biggest difference between them seems to be that one is a lighter shade of black.

Again, call me old-fashioned – but it’s a little hard to carry the fire when all you’ve got is a pocketful of cold, grey ash.