We’ve all been anticipating the new series of True Detective for two very different reasons – 1) because the first ended on such a fantastic high, unexpectedly blowing our minds episode after episode, and 2) because we wanted to see if the new casting would work.
True Detective may be ‘back’, but everything is brand new; the characters, the story, and even the city.
Taking a new setting in the brightly lit landscape of Chicago, in a fictional town called Vinci, we are introduced to the separate (yet slowly intertwining lives) of three cops – Colin Farrell’s compromised Detective Ray Velcoro, Taylor Kitsch‘s highway patrolman and ex-serviceman Paul Woodrugh, and Rachel McAdams‘ sex, booze, and gambling-loving Ani Bezzerides – and a mobster who is trying to move into legitimate enterprise after the murder of a business partner – Vince Vaughn‘s Frank Semyon.
The cast really come together and give some of their best performances yet. Farrell, Vaughn, Kitsch, and McAdams all have standout roles, but the characters we come to invest in are quickly resolved of their past traumas, only to be given a quick demise. The cinematography is, yet again, stunning throughout, and the dark tone is handled well, but what mattered – the mystery – is often forgotten about. It’s definitely not as memorable as the first series, but it is still a quality TV series, despite its often lack in connection with the audience.