My obsession with HBO's True Detective is well-documented. I think it's groundbreaking television: intelligent, layered, beautifully acted, and utterly menacing -- a pitch black-hearted piece of American gothic that you can feel in your bones.
For the first three episodes, the show eschewed the kinds of exciting pops and set pieces that normally define the police procedural drama, but last night it let completely loose -- and what resulted was a masterpiece of thrilling direction that will likely be remembered in television for years to come. Director Cary Fukunaga staged a heist and chase scene at the climax of the episode as one long six-minute, uninterrupted take, ratcheting up the tension to unimaginable levels while subconsciously stunning viewers with his technical prowess.
Obviously there are minor spoilers here, but if you watched the show you'll want to see this again. If you haven't watched it yet, you should. And maybe this will help convince you to.