Although not as good as the first season, True Detective season 2, upholds the official rights of subjecting the viewer to a vortex of crime, emotions, darkness and sadness.
Writer Nic Pizzolatto has chosen to set the story in a fictional town this time, called Vinci. But Vinci is spectacularly similar to Vernon, situated near Los Angeles. Vinci is an industrial wasteland and about 80% of the population lives there in sheer poverty falling prey to a network of corrupt businessmen and dipsomaniac politicians, and police officers. Pretty much like Gotham, even the momentary glimpses of Vinci in the show highly resemble the infamous DC comic city.
Unlike the last season which basically revolved around Detective Rustin Cohle, this season focuses on the lives of four different people- Vinci’s Detective Ray Velcoro, who has a nasty drinking problem and is damaging his son’s life, Sheriff department’s detective Ani who has a past she’s trying to forget, Paul Woodrugh, a Highway patrol officer, who is constantly in refusal of his sexual desires and Frank Seymon, a corrupt businessman who had been dealing with the first victim.
The season is primarily slow with characters having murky pasts and even after six episodes, it’s hard to connect the dots. Collin Farrell and Rachel McAdams are doing well in their roles but Vince Vaughn’s acting skills seem questionable in this one. Velcoro’s sardonic humor provides the perfect comic timing and Taylor Kitsch would be my favourite for portraying the role of a mysterious Paul with a maleficent sexual past.
If the first two episodes leave you bewildered, wait for the third episode wherein the story actually begins to make sense. Watch out for intense gunfire and violence. Other than that, True Detective season 2 is a classic piece of crime drama.
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