The confounding cycle of clueless abandon in True Detective

SPOILER ALERT

Questions have been raised as to why the second season of True Detective comes across as an entirely different animal than the first. Critics are batting 100 and making a mockery of the show right up until its last episode.

Vince Vaughn has a reputation of being “the funny guy”, so it’s no surprise viewers couldn’t follow along with his newfound bad guy routine.

Vince Vaughn has a reputation of being “the funny guy”, so it’s no surprise viewers couldn’t follow along with his newfound bad guy routine. Colin Farrell clearly expends a lot of energy, just projecting his deep, raspy voice, but it pays off. He’s good at being bad, and it shines through in the show.

For our female leads, we have Rachel McAdams and Kelly Reilly. McAdams is a great actress. She’s fluid in the roles she plays; she can be anyone in a heartbeat. Then, there’s this Reilly woman… You see her attempt a conversion with Vaughn and you’re left wondering, “Is she drunk in every episode?”

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Kelly Reilly in True Detective (via imgur)

The casting director may leverage some of the blame for how awkward the flow for the second season of True Detective is compared to the first. Truly, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson really dug into their roles as the sex-starved, philosophical maniacs they were and they exemplified what it meant to be a “true detective”.

As Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, they both spent decades trying to solve the same case and they did everything in their power to gain the intel they needed to crack it open. Can we say the same thing for our new characters?

Some lost their lives and all took risks this season, but did they pour their hearts and souls into the job? I don’t think so.

First Season

The first season was written by Nic Pizzolatto, with art direction by Cary Joji Kukunaga. Imagining Pizzolatto sitting down to a steaming cup of sake, talking with Kukunaga about which direction each episode should take, it makes sense that there might be a little Japanese influence to the style of the story arc.

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Director Cary Joji Fukunaga with Matthew McConaughey (via Vulture

The fast-talking detectives didn’t allow much time for retention, so you may need to pause the show a few times to understand what’s going on in the next scene.

Second Season

*Spoilers* It goes something like this: One man is found dead, in what appears to be a ritual slaying. We find out that one man is behind the theft of diamonds from a highly coveted circle of elitist men. Vaughn’s partner has ties to the Mexican mafia who slaughter a girl not a minute before Vaughn arrives to the scene. McAdams was molested as a child, so she feels the need to help Farrell in his quest to find his ex-wife’s rapist and salvage the remnants of his relationship with his son.

…six different directors dipped their hands into the tainted pool of cinematography this time around.

Now, the second season was written by Pizzolatto again, with two out of eight episodes co-written by Scott Laser. Though the writing may seem completely different in the second season, you might be surprised to learn that six different directors dipped their hands into the tainted pool of cinematography this time around.

Have you seen the first season of True Detective? What do you think about the second in comparison? If you’re interested, check it out for yourself on HBO.

In the meantime, if this woman’s voice doesn’t chill you to the bone, maybe you won’t get anything out from the show. On the other hand, Lera Lynn might be my new favorite songstress.

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