First off, the writing is absolutely horrendous. Nic Pizzolatto, the writer from last season, is still on board. I cannot fathom how someone who had written a pure genius script could have fizzled out so quickly. The dialogue between the characters is stiff and awkward, not to mention Vince Vaughn’s creepy monologue at the beginning of episode two left me speechless, and not in a good way.
The first season had copious lines which blew my mind and actually inspired me to think a little deeper about the story and life in general. The only line I can recall so far is in regards to Colin Farrell taking a threat a little too far…
C’mon Nic, give me some epic one-liners and witty banter… PLEASE!
Next, there are way too many main characters. When you only have eight episodes to work with, you can’t over complicate the players and the game. With so few episodes, it would be nearly impossible to learn everyone’s story and get to know them on a deeper level so quickly. Thus far, we’ve seen bits and pieces of their backgrounds, but I feel like I have little to no idea who any of the characters are or what makes them tick. When the characters are together there is zero chemistry and their interactions seem forced and distant. Matthew and Woody’s partnership is legendary and these guys don’t even compare on any level.
Without giving away any spoilers, Colin Farrell's character is a violent drunk with no common sense and Vince Vaughn seems so uncomfortable playing a serious role, I'd like to offer the guy a black coffee and an Activia. Taylor Kitsch's character has as much personality as a potato and Rachel McAdam's only has one emotion, angry. They have zero chemistry when together, and are even more boring individually.
The plot this time around is far-fetched and has more holes than Swiss cheese. Sometimes, I am so lost and confused I feel like I’m watching a foreign film with no subtitles. There is simply too much going on, too many sub-plots and too many sub-par characters to wholly keep my attention. There haven’t been any true “big reveals” at the conclusions of the episodes and I’m no more intrigued now than I was during the season premiere.
In general, I feel as though I am watching a below average cop show even TNT wouldn’t air. I knew the bar was set high, but I am literally aghast each time I turn off my television.
I think the honorable thing for our species to do is to deny our desire to watch Season 2. Stop tuning in, walk hand in hand into extinction - one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal with this shitty follow-up season.
Last night was a true test to me in regards to True Detective Season 2.
I spent the majority of my time watching this episode totally confused. The writing is appalling this season and the directing is almost as bad. Half the time, I had no idea what was happening or who was involved.
Simply put, there are too many characters, too many sub-plots and I've already spent too much time watching this abysmal display of entertainment.
Without giving away any serious spoilers, the episode's conclusion was violent and action-packed, however, it was unnecessary, unbelievable and over the top. Blood lust may have quenched some people's thirst, but I am still hungry for something more.
Now that the season is half over, I believe there truly is no hope. I'm going to go back to binge-watching Season 1.
Give people an orgy, and they go wild.
It's going to take more than some naked bimbos and a strange score to impress me.
There are 100 loose ends and I can't imagine they can tie them all up in just two final episodes.
Consider me #stilldisappointed