Anything Goes : True Detective S2 by Owen Mowatt

Owen Mowatt

True Detective S2

Hi all! Quick question, is anyone enjoying/watching this? Just wanted to know your thoughts on it

Stage 32 Staff - Julie

Hey Owen - I will happily join in on True Detective discussion. SPOILER ALERT I was shocked when they shot Colin Farrell a couple of episodes ago. I wasn't expecting that. I wasn't buying Rachel McAdam's character until this last episode. I think Vince Vaughn has been hit or miss depending on the scene. And, I'm finding all the drone shots a little distracting. BUT, that said I think it's finally turning and starting to get interesting. What are your thoughts?

Owen Mowatt

Yeah, the Vaugh casting choice just isn't working for me. Not just for the reason that he's got some pretty big shoes to fill from SE1, he's just not an imposing figure nor actor. He's really struggling to deliver those lines with any gravitas, but to be fair, the dialogue at times isn't really helping either. Overall, it's really not doing anything for me and I struggle making any kind of connection with these characters. I think if you're going to write something as darkly pessimistic of the human condition as this, then injecting a little humor gives you something to balance it out and hang on the misery on, so to speak. No one in Vinci seems to care about anything, not even their own lives. There's no hope of redemption and everyone seems petrified of making even the minimum of human connection (does anyone even smile??). The only one who seems bothered over the murder (I keep having to remind myself that there even IS a case to solve), is Frank. And that is only because he needs his money to help cure his flaccid dick, to have a baby he doesn't even want!! We're half way through and I cant see the end game here. With everyone being so corrupt, will any revelations be a surprise or make any difference? I'll finish the series, but not with any trepidation, more like car crash TV where you cant help but to look.

Stage 32 Staff - Julie

Hi Owen - I felt like this week's episode got better - I feel like they're weaving the story lines together now, at least. I still don't care as much for the characters (as you say you have that same feeling), but the plot is at least getting me curious, how about you?

Owen Mowatt

Too little too late for me. And you're way too forgiving, Jule! :) I agree with the majority of comments I read about the show being better when everyone stops talking and actually does something, which this one did. The orgy party was a bit of a let down. So highly paid prostitutes have sex with rich old men......so what. What was the big mystery about this place? Didn't you find it all too convenient that the missing girl just happened to be there that night? And Woodruff just happened to overhear the details of the land deal?? I'm really not interested anymore in Ray finding out who gave Frank the name of the guy he killed. This storyline has been spread way too thin. Now they're introducing another character and plot line with only 2 episodes left? Frank going to see Stan's widow, to tell her how much he meant to him, was a total waste of time. In the chronology of the show, he was killed over 3 months ago! LOL I always thought the crow-man killer was Ray's father by the way, but who really cares. Have you heard that HBO might be cancelling season three?

Kenneth R Dickson

I've been disappointed with this season. There is not near the intrigue as S1! Just jumping around between characters and settings. I usually watch on HBO2Go in bed, and have fallen asleep more times than not. That never happened with S1.

Cherie Grant

I stopped watching half-way through second episode. I was bored shitless. ZERO mystery and intrigue. yawn

Owen Mowatt

LOL! Pretty much sums it up perfectly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NItT8vlq3I

GiVan Johnson

I respect what they TRIED to do. 3, 4 main leads.

Stage 32 Staff - Julie

Ha ha! @Owen, that video is hilarious. Yes, summing up this season for sure.

Stage 32 Staff - Julie

Alright...everyone on this thread.... How do you feel about the finale?

Carlos Pena

I gotta say, I really hated the season finale. I hated that Kitch's character is killed and presented a possible final "revenge" plot but nope. His character was killed and Velcoro and Bezzerides didn't even seem sympathetic about it. I think Ray said "one line" of dialogue about it and that's it. I couldn't believe it. Did anyone doubt Ray wasn't going to see his kid one last time and would be found or killed? Also hated that Frank didn't get away with it. Although his "trust me, two weeks" should was a dead giveaway...I still wanted to believe he would get out alive. This season just didn't live up to Season 1. It felt like a bad sequel at times. This season was a wash and I hope somehow Rust and Marty find their way back onto Season 3. The many things I hated about Season 2: 1. I hated the cast. 2. Half the time, I couldn't understand Collin's mumbling and had to turn on the subtitles. 3. I get you need internal conflict but all three of the main characters were so damn broken with cliched drama it was almost comical. (Although Kitch's internal struggle was pretty unique.) 4. A clear villain was lacking for me. There was no one guy or thing that I had to focus my hate on. Was it Chessani? Chessani Jr? Holloway? Semyon? Osip? Catalyst? Didn't like it. Oh well...at least Fargo season 2 is around the corner.

Debbie Elicksen

After watching it, I just went WTF? What the hell was that about? The previous two shows I thought I was finally grasping the storyline and then after the finale, I didn't know what the hell was going on. Owen, that video is perfect.

Cherie Grant

haha just saw owens youtube. perfect. lol!

Kenneth R Dickson

It was a fitting finale for the season, a big boring mess. As usual for this season I fell asleep watching it.

Other topics in Anything Goes:

register for stage 32 Register / Log In