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It's certainly a good time for television and though there are some great shows on, few compare to the greatness that was last year's first season of "True Detective." If you still haven't caught up with the series, you have to fix that as soon as possible and not because it ties in, in any way, to season two but simply because it is some of the creepiest, most intense and well shot eight hours of TV you're likely to experience.

That said, season two has assembled a great new cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch and moves the action to LA, centering on group of cops and a career criminal who all get mixed up in a criminal investigation that is far bigger than one murder.

Here's the official synopsis from HBO:

A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life's work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff's detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.

Admittedly, neither the write-up not the trailer suggest the same level of weird creep factor that permeated through season one but I have so much love and admiration for the show that I'm inclined to dive into the new season without a second thought. If it manages to deliver half of the drama and intrigue of the first season, it'll still make for outstanding television.

"True Detective" premieres on HBO June 21.

Recommended Release: True Detective Season 1

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Wumpus (7 years ago) Reply

It's going to be awfully hard to top the first six episodes of season one. I'll be truly disappointed if season two doesn't *end* better than season one, though.


Papaswamp (7 years ago) Reply

Bummer. Part of the intrigue of season 1 was the location and culture. LA has been so over played movie and TV wise its lost the allure or something different. A cop show in LA? Yawnski. BUT, since season 1 was so excellent, Ill give it a dubious look. Hopefully they can overcome the standard 'cop show' look that typically comes from a big city setting.


Votre (7 years ago) Reply

Season 1 was so much more than a cop show.

I'm with Papaswamp. LA is played out. There's so much real weirdness that plays out in LA's daily news that nothing seems unusual or sinister for that city any more. I give them two episodes to prove me wrong - and I wouldn't mind (i.e. hope) that I will be proven wrong.

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