Four RELENTLESS Stars. Season 1 of the “True Detective” anthology was a gruesome case in Louisiana starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as the 2 main detectives. Season 2 has a raw, uncompromising, multi-layered plot in California with completely new cast members. It centers around 4 main detectives working a puzzling case. But there is a new second perspective from the criminal point of view, for good measure. And while not 'the darling' of either critics, the network, or some of the fans, nonetheless Pizzolatto creates a very interesting, complex plot that challenges the viewer to ‘pay attention’, featuring an excellent cast that was laying it all on the line throughout the show. In the plot, a missing person sparks a relentless search that sets off tensions in many locations and the search is on by a very conflicted detective quartet with different interests in solving it. I found it mesmerizing, drawing the viewer deeper into the mystery just like the detectives who refuse to stop chasing the shadowy criminals.
The first few episodes of this season deliberately build deep characterizations of the conflicted main protagonists and that takes up a lot of valuable time while it lays out the mysteries leading up to the awesome, explosive 4th episode that I watched a number of times, especially the end. From episode 5 to the end, there are many surprises and all of the loose ends are tied up, albeit unconvincingly. Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch, Kelly Reilly, David Morse, and many more, but the compelling McAdams steals the show, over and over. Music by T Bone Burnett. Created by Nic Pizzolatto. Violence, Nudity, and Language. Very Definitely Recommended as a binge-worthy series. Four DETERMINED Stars. The good news is that there will be a 3rd installment of "True Detectives".