Ba lot of viewers have left Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) with emotion and regret. They will no doubt be hoping with season 2 of TRUE DETECTIVE to meet characters as charismatic as those of the first season, in order to prolong the pleasure. This second season is also highly anticipated by the critics had unanimously praised the writing of Nic Pizzolatto and the achievement of Cary Fukunaga, in perfect osmosis (see the critique of Colin True Detective – season 1). Beyond a scenario of mature, Nic Pizzolatto has managed to impose a format for a long time invisible, that of the anthology. Each season of the series is a story in itself, independently of those in the past or future. The concept has enabled the “show runner” to the convincing of movie stars play for HBO, the time of eight episodes, with the media exposure that he has experienced.

This article is intended to return only on episode 1 of season 2, as well as on the expectations of the spectators after the first season. The quality of The Western Book of The Dead can be re-evaluated in the light of the upcoming episodes.

Spoiler Alert : a summary of the plot

Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), a cop that is violent and an alcoholic, has agreed a pact with the devil, the very sober mafiosi Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn). This last was delivered has Ray the drug addict who beat his wife : in the world of crime, there are limits not to be exceeded. In parallel, we discover the interviewer Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams), a hothead keen weapons, which implies far more than it should in the disappearance of a young woman, up to go back to the spiritual center that led his own father. Patrolman Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) gets drunk with sex and speed to forget a trauma, it can be linked to the war.

The trajectories of these four characters intertwine around the disappearance of the administrator Caspere, in charge of the final signature of the contract for CONSTRUCTION, which should ensure the sustainability of the town of Vinci. The mobster Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn) timer with Russian investors, while Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) is in charge of the investigation, which he would dispose well. The other two characters meet by chance on their way to the end of this first episode.

Nic Pizzolatto has never hidden his ambition to reshuffle the cards at each season, but no one would have believed that it would retain its assets as long. The entire episode seems to have been sacrificed to allow the rest of the season unfold at a faster pace. Take an hour of their time to the spectators to put the setting, the characters and the beginning of the plot, is, to say the least atypical. The creator of TRUE DETECTIVE is betting big on this driver, such as a compulsive gambler, announcing “all-in” immediately after having won the first round.


True Detective Season 2

The main flaw of this first episode is to linger to enumerate all the aspects of its characters, not to show us on what grounds they can compete. The greater part of the information disclosed on the characters passes through dialogues exhibition to situate the relations of kinship defects, the ghosts that hang around our heroes. At the end of a quarter of an hour, you really get the feeling of being stuck in a tunnel of dialogues to mark the route of the protagonists.

The plot of True Detective season 1 went on quickly in the second plan, but only after you have installed the conflictual relationship between Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), two cops on the methods and characters diametrically opposed, forced to collaborate on a murder mystery. It lacks precisely The Western Book of The Dead, a central conflict and a mystery thick enough to keep us awake.

The character of Colin Farrell is no shortage of flavor, with a few punchlines well cooked (“If you hurt someone else, I come back to push the dead body of your father in the ass of your mother”), but at the end of the episode we still wonder who he will be able to oppose on the whole of the season. The mafioso played by Vince Vaughn is still too smooth (literally, a gentleman who lacks confidence), and those of Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch appear mostly as victims of their past for the moment.

“The creator of TRUE DETECTIVE is betting big on this driver, such as a compulsive gambler, announcing “all-in” immediately after having won the first round.”

Beyond the writing, the approximations to which the viewer must face in the pilot of season 2 of TRUE DETECTIVE, are probably related to the change of director operated since season 1. Cary Fukunaga was in charge of the eight episodes of the first season, giving the characters of Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) the time and space necessary to express their wealth. The long static shots of interrogation or discussion in the car between the investigators allowed the two actors to give free rein to their talent for composition, to embody their character with accuracy.

Justin Lin directed one episode of TRUE DETECTIVE season 2 of good to show us, but without much originality. Switch from two main characters to four in the new season did not facilitate the task of the director, but Justin Lin has exacerbated the narration parallel imposed by Nic Pizzolatto with a montage more dynamic, at the expense of the working drawing emotional of the first season. Despite the “record” information that the viewer is made during the viewing of The Western Book of The Dead, it’s impossible for the moment to be in empathy with one of the four heroes.

For the third episode, the director Janus Metz Pedersen is announced, a change of size in the course of the road which indicates either that the creator of the series Nic Pizzolatto has been dissatisfied with the work of Justin Lin, is that he is now considering the production of his series as most of the shows in the us : shooting simultaneous to save time and money. In all cases, the tab art of TRUE DETECTIVE will be affected, at least to make a standardized product.

The Western Book of The Dead looks like a tv movie is entertaining, however it fails to arouse enthusiasm. True Detective – season 1 was a drug lasts, the beginning of season 2 is best enjoyed as the mafia from the town of Vinci sip their whisky. Nic Pizzolatto had signed a masterpiece in the past year, with the first season, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt on the quality of this new vintage, the time to taste this appetizer a little too long in the mouth.


Also read the analysis of the generic of this season 2.


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