Jun 21, 2015
True Detective Recommended by Kevin Finnerty and Chris Merrill on KOGO 600 AM Radio San Diego......
Finally, after what feels like years, the flat circle that is time has brought us to another season of HBO's current grittiest drama that does not involve dragons.
Gone is the interrogation room framing device, along with the bromantic duo that is Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, so in some aspects, it's a totally different show. However, strangely, even though everything is different, it all still feels comfortably the same.
Season two of True Detective takes place in Los Angeles, where three detectives are tasked with investigating the murder of a city manager. Rachel McAdams plays Antigone Bezzerides, a tough detective with a screwed up family and a somewhat surprising backstory, while Colin Farrell plays her partner Ray Velcoro, another tough detective with a screwed up family, along with a screwed up sense of how to work out his problems.
Tim Riggins, meanwhile, just wants to ride his bike.
Sorry. Taylor Kitsch, of Friday Night Lights fame, plays Paul Woodrugh, a California highway patrolman who would always rather be patrolling those highways on his motorcycle than be literally anywhere else.
Together, they're attempting to find the killer of the guy who was supposed to be helping businessman Vince Vaughn (this season's main philosophizer so far) close a very expensive land development deal.
One of the biggest changes already this season is just in the number of characters. Season one was all about Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Harrelson), but season two definitely has more of an ensemble feel. There's even a woman in a lead role, working hard to fight sexism and prostitution all at the same time, and McAdams totally kills it. (Seriously, one time she punched us in the face. It wasawesome.)
In fact, all of the acting is exactly as great as you might have expected it to be, given that this is HBO and an A-list cast.
"It's different, the second season, for sure," Colin Farrell told E! News earlier this month. "There's a similarity and a certain tone that the piece has that I think resonated with me as having a tone that was reflective of the tone of the first year and a sensibility that's the same. But the characters are very different, the aesthetic is very different, the pace is very different."
What's not different, however, is that feeling of never wanting to leave your house again after you watch an episode because you're now convinced the whole world is depressing and terrible and that you might get murdered, which is clearly a thing that HBO is going for lately with that Game of Thrones finale (still. not. over. it.). Nobody's really in a good mood at any time on this show, but perhaps that's all a clever strategy to keep you from getting off of your couch so you'll just keep watching TV all day, and if that's the case, it's totally working.
True Detective season two premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on HBO.
from the ronnie republic radio round-up:
Always listening to the radio.........
Seriously, sometimes there is nothing on television and I would rather listen to the radio and sew.
KOGO 600 is always on in my sewing room and one off the best shows is Merrill at Night and Kevin Finnerty from Showbiz Junkies.
Kevin and Merrill are suggesting True Detective.....okay there has to be a few good shows out there besides the news and PBS.
A fan of Blacklist and James Spader but the fiction of the thing is hard to take at times.......Kevin says he is waiting for the return of True Detective as it shows a more realistic side of the police force in LA.
Sounds good to me, Kevin, I am going to take your advice and give it a try.
Thanks for your tip--well done and keep up the good work.
Kevin Finnerty can be heard on KOGO from 7-9PM each evening with Chris Merrill and he also has the website ShowBiz Junkies for plenty of TV and movie reviews.
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