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'True Detective' gets its mojo back with Mahershala Ali

(CNN)If you subscribe to the opinion that the original "True Detective" was terrific and the second edition, well, wasn't, the third marks a bracing case of going back to the future. That's because this latest season largely mirrors the first, unspooling a mystery across three distinct time frames while receiving an enormous star-power boost courtesy of Mahershala Ali.An Oscar winner for "Moonlight" -- and possibly again for "Green Book" -- landing Ali at this juncture represents a casting coup on the order of the original Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson pairing. Series creator Nic Pizzolatto has responded with a crisp, bare-bones story that pretty dutifully mirrors the original template, while throwing in a few distinctive wrinkles, i ...