I hoped the plot would make a big push forward but it dilly-dallied again with the same character-background story and less on the actual investigation. Spoilers - my favorite bits from the two episodes was Ray (he's just brutal in the first ep) and I hope there's hope for him after how the episode ended.
It's a no win; they're either getting rid of or undoing the best thing about the season so far, and it'll be lame either way. Still prefer the latter to the former though, but that's because I've already given up on the show since only the former scenario could be at all respectable. =)
I'm glad people are actually noticing that what made the first season great was Fukunaga.
I don't know if people are doing that so much as just crapping on this one. I think most people would credit, and not wrongly, McConaughey and Harrelson and blame Pizzolatto for failing to live up to the previouis season in every way, writing, acting, and directing ("I can just get anybody to read and shoot my spun gold!"). In any case, while Fukunaga certainly deserves recognition, do we have to always give the credit to one person? How about Adam Arkapaw's cinematography, the aforementioned McConaughey and Harrelson, and yes, Pizzolatto for writing and running it. It was a show that managed to transcend the sum of its already quality parts, and Fukunaga was definitely a big part, but it was a collaboration, and reducing it to an individual accomplishment is the same myth that has Pizzolatto doing all these insufferable 'genius' profiles and thinking he could do it all on his own in the first place.
Now that Pizzolatto won that war and has full control we can enjoy this convoluted and boring mess of a 2nd season.
I think it went something like this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKuAl1QvuI8
To be fair though, he won the war because it was his war to win, it just may be a pyrrhic victory. The lesson is, as always, don't get bigger than the band (especially if you're just
a writer =). He's like a songwriter that got stuck on bass and bitterly resents his singer (McConaughey) and lead guitarist (Fukunaga) getting all the glory, so he broke that shit up, got a bunch of session players* that won't outshine him to replace them, and now he's
the frontman. What I'm saying is, this whole second season could just be an 8 episode bass solo, and not the cool Cliff Burton kind.
*It's a good time to remember just how many names reportedly turned this shit down, but I think it actually worked out for the best. The character is no Rust Cohle, and Farrell no McConaughey, but the only reason Velcoro works at all is because of the real life baggage Farrell brings to the part. Good God, can you imagine a meticulous professional like Christian Bale in this part!? It would've come off as false and ridiculously over the top as written, but Farrell manages to just embody the idea of this guy (who himself is basically the embodiment of an idea). He doesn't give a fuck as he's not giving a fuck, and it works! Same with Vince Vaughn, his character works as a crooked guy trying to play it straight and sympathetically failing because that's exactly what Vaughn is doing on screen! Similarly, what's her name and who's his face are boring actors that are perfect to play these boring people (she looks at PORN!!
). If Pizzolatto can actually get these characters going somewhere, and then just fuckin' goes for broke, and there's already signs he will, he might have another horseshoe up his ass yet.