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As with seasons 1 and 3, “True Detective: Night Country” casts two character actors (seasoned Oscar-winner Jodie Foster and up-and-comer Kali Reis) as detectives tasked with unraveling a disturbing, mysterious crime in a hostile, uninviting place. The official logline reads as follows:

When the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska, the six men that operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, Detectives Liz Danvers (Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Reis) will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.

The setup for “Night Country” recalls that of “Hold the Dark,” the Jeremy Saulnier-directed crime-thriller that debuted on Netflix to little fanfare in 2018. Then again, its failure to catch on with casual audiences didn’t exactly come as a shock. As /Film’s Chris Evangelista put it in his positive review“Shot through with menace and unapologetically nasty, ‘Hold the Dark’ is bound to horrify some viewers to the point of disengagement.”

Unlike Saulnier’s film, “Night Country” will have the advantage of being part of the “True Detective” brand — meaning, viewers will know exactly what kind of bleak, unsettling crime story they’re getting themselves into. Heck, if anything, a journey back into the indifferent, cruel universe originally imagined by Nic Pizzolatto might make for a welcome retreat from our current hellscape.

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