Opening credits.

I’m already two episodes behind on this new season of True Detective, and last night I tried to rectify that last night before I went to bed, but the Xanax I took beforehand would have none of it. Regardless, even though I only managed to watch 10 minutes of episode two before falling asleep, I did not that I loved the intro (something I missed when I saw the first episode). I enjoyed it so much, I figured it would be a good idea for an entry here, and a little walk down memory lane.

First, if you haven’t seen it, the intro for True Detective, season two. I like the combination of Leonard Cohen and the fucked-up-but-fascinating imagery going on.

I liked last season’s song better, but this second season’s visuals beat out last year’s. For some reason, maybe because it’s so dark, it reminded me of Millennium’s opening credits. I still remember how powerful it was the first time I saw it, and I think it still holds up now.

Which of course led me to think of the classic X-Files.

You can really see the influence of that opening in Fringe, too. Related, is anyone else watching The X-Files on Netflix? I think they dropped the one-liners at the end of the opening credits (like “The Truth is Out There”). I thought that was odd.

Going back old school, I could drop a ton of intros here; The A-Team (and The Walking Dead Team)Knight RiderSimon & Simon, CHiPs (it’s SO funky!); there really are countless from my youth, but the one I keep coming back to is Miami Vice. Not only did it have an amazing theme song, but each episode had a great soundtrack.

I’ve recently started watching The Night Stalker series in hopes of getting around to doing episodic reviews for HorrorTalk. One thing that strikes me about this intro is how creepy it is. It starts out all happy and bubbly before steadily getting darker and darker culminating in an effectively dark ending. I love it.

I know I’m missing a thousand more, but those are the ones that generally pop into my mind first when I think about opening credit sequences. I will say, though, it’s easy to go down the rabbit hole that is YouTube once you start looking for various intros.

No deals today, kids. I’m tired and it’s about my bedtime.

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