HBO’s True Detective may have had one of the greatest first seasons of any television show ever. Those are bold words and definitely not spoken lightly – well maybe they are, but still it was incredible. If you didn’t watch it, you’re truly missing out and should go binge watch it immediately. The great thing is, since the series is an anthology, you can start watching season 2 while you binge out on season 1.
For those of us who are up to speed, last night’s season premiere was an interesting one. Gone are the Louisiana country roads, Rust and Marty, and the weird stick figures. They’ve been replaced with a slicker LA (or Vinci to be more precise) and a new crew of faces. Mainly a corrupt cop named Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), a criminal turned legitimate businessman named Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn), a weapon obsessed cop named Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams), and suicidal biker cop named Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch). So far, I’m digging the cast dynamic and while the start of this season is a little slow, there’s plenty I saw last night to keep me interested.
Alright, let’s get to it. This first episode had some huge WTF moments for me. I’ll briefly lay them out, maybe someone smarter than me can explain.
First. The opening shot of these marking flags which I assuming have something to do with the land deal Frank Semyon is working on. However, I immediately thought they symbolised graves (like you’d see at Arlington National Cemetery), IDK – I thought it was an eerie way to open up the show.
Ok – the crow (or blackbird – sorry, I’m not an ornithologist) in the car was creepy as hell. I’m not sure why it was there and what it’s connection is to the dead man (Benjamin Caspere), but I liked it.
I’m gonna say that this weird wooden sculpture in Ani Bezzerides’ house is for practicing her knife skills. One thing’s for sure, if you’re hooking up with a chick that has one of these sitting around (not to mention the arsenal of weapons and duct tape strapped to the wall) you may want to reconsider that booty call.
Um yeahh – this was, by far, the most WTF moment of the show. Can anyone explain the miniature nude women in the bowl of milk?
Ani Bezzerides’ father is a cult leader? Kinda strange. But now we know where Don Draper went at the end of Mad Men… to Panticapaeum.
This next image was spoiled a little in the trailer for this season. But to finally get the backstory makes it so much better. This takes messing with someone who’s high to a whole other level.
Continuing with Ray Velcoro’s madness, we arrive at the most brutal scene of the episode. If there’s one thing I learned from this season’s True Detective it’s – DO. NOT. BULLY. Or Colin Farrell will mess you up, in more ways than one.
And finally – this closing scene really peaked my interest as a whole. I loved the spooky Lynchian vibe they pulled off with this shot.