★★☆☆☆ – Slow, arduous, yet still has potential. Waiting out this series seems necessary but disappointing – though this week’s episode shows a lot of promise in its dying breath.
This post will contain spoilers for True Detective: Season 2, up to episode 2.
Returning for its second series, the acclaimed True Detective seems to have lost its initial grip, grit and gore. Slow paced, bleak and with a lingering sense of gloom – it holds all the ingredients that made the first series so enigmatic and interesting; yet something just isn’t quite right. Reams of dialogue seem to fog the plot advancement and every character is sad and jaded – yet this leads to building the slow-burning, intense atmosphere that permeated the original eight part season. Even with an implacable change in tone that feels slightly disappointing – there’s still hope that these somewhat odd ingredients can combine to create something great once more. Whilst the second episode may not have revealed this straight away – the ending holds promise that we will eventually plunge head first into the intoxicating underground world of crime and drama that excited us so much the first time around; without playing out as a cheap imitation of its initial success.