The show is way more pretentious than this photo would have you believe. (via HBO)

If you haven't been watching HBO's True Detective on Sunday nights, that's a shame, because you're not only missing out on one of the best shows on TV right now, you're missing out on some great opportunities to make yourself sound really smart in front of friends and co-workers. Somehow, what looks to be an above-average police procedural is actually a bubbling cauldron of quantum physics gobbledygook, canibus-foggy philosophy and nightmarish inter-dimensional horror. And I mean that in the very best possible way. So, watch the show, and then come back here and memorize these bits of guaranteed-to-impress commentary:

Sources: io9 | Wall Street Journal