True Detective Season 2 is finally out.
One of the big criticisms of the first season was misdirection. The first several episodes made some pretty big references to some fairly old-school horror stories. They perfectly captured the feel of Robert Chambers and H.P. Lovecraft as we followed along with two very different police detectives who were digging into some seriously horrible crimes that *FELT* like we were all scratching the surface of some seriously old and wicked culture that was more than possible of turning everything we knew about everything upside down.
And, at the end of the day, it was a world with Cthulhu Cults, but no Cthulhu. At the end of the day, it reminded me of nothing more than Frank Miller’s Sin City. You’ve got a very, very corrupt town with some very, very bad people in it and it requires cops that are juuuust corrupt enough to be able to swim in the waters where they can take down the big fish.
There were some absolutely *AMAZING* scenes, mind. Brilliant monologues, terrifying bad guys (the scene where we first see the meth cook? I shudder even now), a really well-done single take scene (a SIX MINUTE! single take scene!), and a final boss fight that gives everyone a glimpse of the universe. I don’t mind having gone out of my way to watch it. It was definitely worth the price of admission. It just felt like it added up to something less than the sum of its parts.
When it comes to Season 2, the main thing I’ve noticed so far is that nobody has really been talking about it. When Season One was on the air, there were a number of articles breaking down some of the more obscure references in the show. A whole bunch of “what do you think will happen next???” discussions. For Season Two? It feels like there were a lot fewer (then again, maybe I’ve just missed them). When it first started, there were a handful of “oh, it’s not as good” complaints and then… nothing.
So that’s got me a bit apprehensive but I have Season 2 sitting on the couch right now. I hope to start diving into it tonight.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)