The first season of True Detective conveyed very specific things to viewers. It gave a glimpse at the gritty, lower levels of Louisiana society. You got a great character study on McConaughey’s and Woody Harrelson’s characters. You got a freaky crime mystery. And most importantly, the tone of True Detective season one is unique, somber and often terrifying.
True Detective season two does not feel unique. It feels like a series trying and failing at recreating what was great about season one. And they are trying, it’s just not working right now. I think a big part of the reason for this is that it the casting. McConaughey and Harrelson were perfectly cast for season 1. Season two… isn’t as good. There are a lot of core characters versus just the two in season one and I’m not sure they spend enough time with each. There isn’t enough character development. There are also some snippets of Los Angeles and the criminal aspect of that society, but it doesn’t give me the same kind of poignant feeling that rural Louisiana did.
I will give this season some credit. After what happened in episode two, it is clear that this season will try to be a little more unpredictable or shocking than the last.
Score: 5.5/10 This is just a preliminary score. Who knows where the rest of the season will take us. I feel bad for comparing this to the masterpiece of season one. It isn’t as good, but it’s still a satisfactory show.