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True Detective Season 2 Episode 2 Recap Night Finds You

“That was fucking everything”

true-detective-season-2-ep2-ss01-1280In the first episode of True Detectives  thisseason, the reaction was mixed from critics who pointed out problematic aspects of the series return. My reaction was a little more positive but that was from more of a wait and see approach to the series. While I didn’t think the first episode was bad per say, it wasn’t the best we’ve seen from the show by any means. In this seasons second episode, writer/show runner Nic Pizzolatto get’s his swagger back, the new actors mostly live up to expectations and Justin Lin justifies his place on the show with a strong visual narrative and direction. Continue reading True Detective Season 2 Episode 2 Recap Night Finds You

True Detective Season 2 Episode 1 Recap The Western Book Of The Dead

n7oneIn the winter/spring of 2014, the first season of HBO’s True Detective debuted to wide spread acclaim and love from viewers who were looking for a dose of metaphysical horror & lovecraftian mythos embedded within their crime fiction. Writer/creator/show runner Nic Pizzolatto started with what appeared to be your typical serial killer crime thriller and spun that out into a epic dark odyssey about ancient inner evil that spanned across a decade and dropped more philosophical knowledge bombs in eight episodes then you get from a four year liberal arts degree. As a one and done season, True Detective managed to get fanstastic performances from actors Mathew McConaughey & Woody Harelson while director Cary Funkunaga was a revelation with what is quite possibly the greatest tracking shot of all time and the high point of film making in 2014

More importantly to it’s context here, True Detective was profoundly influenced by Grant Morrison & Alan Moore, perhaps the two most important comics creators since Jack Kirby. That influence is embedded within the shows DNA and is inescapable without being derivative. Pizzolatto was clearly a disciple of the two creators which put’s him much closer to Jonathan Hickman, Warren Ellis, Ed Brubaker or Rick Remender then any TV show runner and by extension, made True Detective feel more like many of the best comics from the modern age then almost any comic book adaptation in film or television. Last Sunday True Detective returned with a new cast, new story and a new director, does it hold up? Continue reading True Detective Season 2 Episode 1 Recap The Western Book Of The Dead