True Detective Season 2 Review


All season I waited for that one big moment and it never came.

True Detective's first season easily became one my favorite shows of all time. I was a fan of Matthew McConaughey's and Woody Harrelson's way before the show even came into thought, but after watching the second season I realized that their acting chops and star power propelled the first season into untouchable heights along with the directing style and vision. Basically they let me eat an expensive lobster and steak meal at the most fancy restaurant in town and the second season saw me struggling to pay for a McDonald's burger.

Ok that might be a tad bit harsh of an assessment for this season but it really didn't hold a candle to the first, and that's where I went wrong. I was comparing this season way before the show's cast was announced and going into something the last thing you want to do is compare it to something that was done right the first time. But you can't help but expect the same results when the first season set impossibly high standards. While initially watching the second season the first time left a sour taste in my mouth, the second go round didn't leave such a bad taste.

Upon my second viewing of the show, it wasn't that bad, it was pretty decent actually. The one thing that I have against the second season is that it had too many moving parts. It essentially told five different stories when it was all said and done. You had each of the character's personal life and demons, then you had main storyline that was slightly confusing at times. When watched the second time and able to look for things I understood the flow a little more better, but to the general audience with way shorter attention spans than that of mine, it isn't good.

The characters were done to the best of their abilities, everyone hit their spots where they could. Steady performance goes to that of Colin Farrell, which was no surprise. And the surprise performance goes to that of Vince Vaughn whom everyone thought couldn't handle a serious role. The rest of the cast had their supporting roles pretty much on par. The death of Vaughn's character was little unexpected but Taylor Kitsch's character dying was a shocker and I liked that. That's the point of this show, the unexpected happens. At one point I was anticipating someone dying every single week and that would be awesome. Something along the lines of with how the Game of Thrones is. The shootout that took place was the highlight of the whole series, and that's easily the best part by far.

Initially I had the feeling that everyone needed to die in the end, something like a Mexican standoff. Just go and shootout with the main characters, then the Mexican cartel just come and kill all of the families, just everyone needed to die just to save the storyline. But after watching again I understand the ending, but I still wish people died, it's just not the flow of the show to end on that high of a note. Although the way Colin's character died was a jacked up though and how he took the fall, but all that didn't matter because of how the ending was.

This show more than deserves a third season, I just hope show runner Nic Pizzolatto is listening when the fans say they want that random climatic series as it was for the first season. Just don't have so many main characters next time because four characters are just over doing it. Have your two main characters, explore the depths of their lives and then showcase their chemistry. I just hope the next two people that they cast in those leads can carry the show with their acting like Matthew and Woody did. I have confidence in the series though because HBO is putting together a nice run of shows here and I expect next season to return with a triumph.

Did you watch True Detective? If so, how did you like it? Leave it in the comments below.

Until next time guys!

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