Monday, April 11, 2016

Review: HBO's True Detective Season 2

The story follows seedy Det. Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) a divorced father with father/son issues and a lot of other issues too, including old ties to Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn), a one-time hustler on the verge of his biggest score. Semyon is married to Jordan (Kelly Reilly), a former D-list actress who's belives she has found her soul mate. Things go south when , Semyon's business partner goes missing. This new mystery pulls in Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams), a sheriff's detective, Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch), a motorcycle cop and war vet, and Velcoro together to solve this crime. What's unique about the series is that  these three strangers share one other thing in common: Troubled personal lives. The eight-episode second season was written and created by Nic Pizzolatto, creator of the critically acclaimed first season .
Initially True Detective Season 2 seems like a cliche L.A. noir detective thriller , but it gets better and more original, over the subsequent episodes. Nic Pizzolatto is a terrific writer who crafts dialogue that builds the mystery and intrigue. The story, too, is an onion variety, with character reveals, motives and backstory arriving as each layer is peeled away. Frank Semyon isn't who he initially seems to be, nor are the cops. Their stories and lives interweave in intriguing, yet diabolical, ways.