On Sunday evening, HBO aired the season finale of what was expected to be one of this year’s best TV shows, True Detective, but the finale couldn’t save the entire season, that ended up disappointing the vast majority of fans that the first season gathered in record breaking time.
Without Cary Joji Fukunaga in the director’s seat and without the masterful performances of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, the second season was only left with Nic Pizzolato’s writing from the initial team. And it’s safe to say that lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place, because despite a multifaceted plot, Pizzolato proved unable to accomplish a complexity even remotely similar to that of the first season.
Probably the most disappointing fact was that the second season was riddled with moments when the actors would deliver these blunt lines on a very grave and dramatic note, all in the hopes of bringing back Rust Cohle’s gut wrenching monologues. Needless to say, they failed miserably.
Unfortunately, the second season was a very poor attempt of recreating the best features of the first without most of the people that made the first season so brilliant.
Rust and Marty’s story was presented a darkly poetic version of Louisiana brought to life by Cary Fukunaga and you could actually feel that the characters were part of that haunting universe.
Bezzerides’, Velcoro’s, Woodrough’s and Semyon’s story however, was presented in a dry and incoherent version of the city of Vinci and each episode revealed a somewhat different version of it, mainly because the second season was directed by several directors and unfortunately, Cary Fukunaga was not one of them.
As the show delivered its final plot twists and the dramatic outcome of its characters, the second season was put to rest and there are very few people out there at the moment who are still wondering what would have happened next, as opposed to this time last year when almost all the show’s fans experienced a very real feeling of missing Rust and Marty.
It remains to be seen whether there will be a third season or not, because there are a lot of things to consider. Michael Lombardo, HBO’s programming director, seems to be interested and making a third season, because this second installment did bring a lot of viewers to the show, despite its rather disappointing outcome.
It looks like it’s up to Nic Pizzolato at this point to decide if he can come up with a new story for it. The fans however are clearly going to be reserved about it this time around, because if there is something that everybody learned this season is that Bezzerides, Velcoro, Woodrough and Semyon put together cannot amount to Rust Cohle’s complexity. It’s very unlikely that anybody is expecting Pizzolato to ever come up with anything like him ever again.
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