True Detective, the massively successful TV series written by Nic Pizzolatto, returns to our screens on Monday for its second season. Another eight episode run written entirely by Pizzolato, the series is set to be based in California where “the disappearance of a city manager disrupts a lucrative land scheme and ignites an investigation.”
Complete with a new cast, setting and an entirely different plot, season two will be centred around three law enforcement officers and a long term career criminal, played by Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn (?!) respectively. It’s a complete shock to see these big film stars drawn into a renowned series, jumping on the bandwagon like Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the first season.
So what can we expect from True Detective with a completely different setting and cast? “We get the world we deserve” – the tagline of this upcoming season is somewhat suggestive of Pizzolatto’s optimistic/pessimistic theme that ran across the former. “Sometimes your worst self is your best self” is even said by Vince Vaughn in one piece of promotional material. With these elements in mind, it’s almost definite that the show is going to run full circle with a dark tone.
A lot of people were surprised and rather sceptical when the cast was announced, especially when making a comparison between the talent in the first season. The most surprising choice of actor that everyone will watch with caution is Vince Vaughn. Best known for his comedy roles, he’ll be opposing his typecast as Frank Semyon, the career criminal. From the trailers released over the previous months, it’s hard to say if he’ll manage to win over fans because, as of yet, we’ve seen him pull few serious faces…
Although the show may be trying to attract a wider audience with its brand new cast and plot, the theme of corruption is set to remain. As seen in a trailer, Rachel McAdam’s character, Ani Bezzerides, says: “This girl’s gone missing; nobody cares. The interior’s poisoned and suddenly worth billions. Nobody cares.” Many people seem to be more excited by the leading women than the male leads this season. As promotional material suggests, women are now shown to be strong and fearless unlike the women in the former series who were either prostitutes or child bearers.
What’s hard to tell, however, is if the artistic style is going to stay remotely the same. Cary Fukunaga, director of the first season, is now just an executive producer. The first two episodes of the second season are to be directed by Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) with Danish newcomer Janus Metz directing the third. Will this mix of directors create a season as superb as the previous? It’s hard to tell.
The Western Book of the Dead, the first episode of True Detective‘s new season, airs on Monday 22nd June at 2am on Sky Atlantic.
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– Ali Mendzil