I have watched the first season at least three times over and every time I watch it again, I become even more enamored than I was before.
The acting is unbelievable. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are truly remarkable and untouchable as detectives Marty Hart and Ruston Cohle. McConaughey's monologues are pure genius. The writing is out of this world and he does an amazing job delivering the mind-numbing lines.
"People... I have seen the finale of thousands of lives man. Young, old, each one was so sure of their realness. That their sensory experience constituted a unique individual. Purpose, meaning. So certain that they were more than a biological puppet. Truth wills out, everybody sees once the strings are cut off all down."
Woody doesn't disappoint either. You love to hate and hate to love his character. He's not the perfect person or detective, but in the end, he shows up when he's needed and does the right thing at the pivotal moments.
The story itself is captivating and addicting. There is so much intensity, you will never be bored with an episode. In fact, I wish there would have been more than the eight having been aired.
You're probably thinking to yourself right about now, 'Isn't she a little late? The second season is about start, why is she going on about the first?'
Well, I'm glad you asked. The reason I revealed my thoughts about the first season, is because I am actually really nervous for season two. I don't believe it's possible to top the original season. The first was so good, how can anyone do better or even come close?
Season 2 will feature Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch. Per HBO, "A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California."
When I first heard Colin Farrell was cast I was intrigued. However, when I learned Vince Vaughn was going to be in the show, I immediately thought, 'Is he going to crash some weddings or try to start a fraternity?' He has a specific character that he plays in almost every single movie he's been in. Can he be serious? Can he bring depth to a role and provide the necessary grit and emotion as his predecessors? We will see.
As far as McAdams and Kitsch, I think they are capable of bringing the heat to the season, but again, it all remains to be seen.
I hope the writing, acting, and plot can live up to season one, but I am very hesitant to predict it will equal the first.
I will post a final review once I have finished watching season two!
Season Two starts tonight at 9:00 pm EST on HBO.