12 Reasons Why True Detective Became Truly Defective


Ever since Nic Pizzolatto managed to deliver an awesome season 1 of his new baby called “True Detective,” we all patiently waited for the follow-up and had some pretty high expectations.

Those high hopes were rather legit as “True Detective” became one of television’s highlights in 2014, with the show snatching praise from both critics and audiences for its creative writing, immaculate acting, great casting, and unique tone and visual style.

Naturally, the expectations for season 2 skyrocketed, especially after Pizzolatto announced the following season would feature an all-new setting and characters, with another equally in-depth and thought-provoking plot in the middle of it all.

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However, something went horribly wrong. All of these things did happen in season 2 – the characters were vivid and layered, the atmosphere just as macabre, and the story quite tangled – but it all somehow managed to be a complete disappointment in comparison to season 1. Let’s see why.

1. Tenuous Connections Between 4 Main Characters

As soon as cynical and nihilistic Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and a seemingly devout Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) became unlikely partners in season 1, their complementary chemistry was instant and spectacular.

Similarly, when the main cast for season 2 was announced, audiences around the globe hoped for even more gloomy conversations and strong connections between the 4 lead roles, even though the casting did raise a couple of eyebrows.

That, however, did not happen. The connections and interactions between the 4 main characters are weak and spasmodic. There is an odd and intriguing conversation every now and then, but they never manage to develop those invisible bonds we all craved to see and vicariously experience.

Pizzolatto, we did expect your characters to be Rusty, but not this rusty.