True Detective Season 2 Finale Review: Never Big on Running

True Detective S02E08: "Omega Station"


After eight weeks of frustrating, erroneously plotted, and occasionally evocative TV, True Detective Season 2 is over. For those Twitter eggs out there in the universe who suggested that we needed to see the entire season before making any substantial judgments on the story, the mystery, and character arcs, we've now seen it all. We've now seen presumably everything an unchecked Nic Pizzolatto wanted his Very Important Show to be. And having seen all eight-and-a-half hours, I feel very confident in the following statement: This show was bad. No qualifications, no considerations of Season 1, no bullshit; It was absolutely not good. This season finale in particular was one of the most lifeless, lumbersome, bloated pieces of try-hard TV that I've seen in recent years. 

Well, maybe I should give the show and "Omega Station" come credit. The finale began not with any kind of intense pick-up in the aftermath of Paul's death, but back-to-back ponderous and repetitive scenes between the show's two big couples: Ray and Ani and then Frank and Jordan. While these sequences technically offered new information that moved the story along—Ani wasn't assaulted in the traditional sense but instead chose to go out in the woods with the Manson-looking fellow, Frank revealed his plan to Jordan, etc.—they moved at such a glacial pace, and featured overly-methodical line deliveries from the actors to signify seriousness. They were bad and a sign of things to come in what turned out to be an overlong finale that featured a couple of moderately thrilling and culminating sequences and then a lot of people repeating names and information in dark rooms. But in this regard, the show stayed true to itself this season, assuming that poorly constructed or weakly developed relationships were the selling point of the story. 

It's always difficult to watch shows that fail to—or simply choose not to— course correct over their duration, but it's most difficult to experience them at the finale stage, when badly conceived beats and arcs coalescence into moments that are treated as special and important and ultimately fall flat. Though I wrote about that with regards to last week's answer-heavy penultimate episode, it was even more of a problem in "Omega Station" because it quickly became apparent that there wasn't much left of the story to tell, and yet somehow we had to trek through a feature-length amount of sludge. 

Once Ani and Ray did indeed learn about Paul's death, they came to the revelation that the weird set photographer from "Night Finds You" was likely Leonard, the other orphaned child from the 1992 robbery-homicide that set this entire train of corruption in motion. They came to this not really through any kind of detective work, but because they just figured it out. There are a million ways to conceive of a serial procedural story, but moving from one beat to another, or determining the hows and whys and whos of a case serve an important function in making that story successful. Pivoting toward a conclusion via Ray's sudden epiphany—particularly after a season's worth of already weak investigation-related stories that mostly revolved around Paul looking at a computer screen and then walking files into rooms—was shoddy at best and embarrassing at worst. 

And it only got worse from there. The trip to the set photographer's place divulged a few key pieces of information—he was the one who shot Ray, as his rage over discovering what sister Laura/Erica had been doing to frame Caspere sent him into a murderous rage—and from there, the difficult men and Pizzolatto of it all took over, with Ray and Frank handling much of the action while their respective women took direction with the primary intent of staying safe. 

The sequence at the rail station, with Ray confronting Leonard and then trying to lure Holloway and Burris into a tricky situation, featured flashes of tension and excitement, as did Frank and Ray's mowing down of Osip and the Catalyst crew up north. Yet, both sequences were surrounded by some numbing action. The power of the last 20-25 minutes required the audience to give a crap about Ray and his son, Ray and Ani's new relationship, and Frank's internal struggle with pride and survival. Unfortunately, as I discussed last week, the show never really successfully developed any of those stories or relationships in such a way that made me feel like the time spent on them was actually worthwhile. 


That's not on the actors, by the way. For all the chatter about what Vince Vaughn could or could not do in the Frank role, he figured some things out in the back half of the season here and probably ended up my favorite part of the show. The last-second return of the Santa Muerte dudes was not necessarily unexpected but, again, one of those elements that never gained traction before the finale, so couldn't really pack a punch in the final episode. But Vaughn did a really fine job in playing out Frank's string. That parade of past sins and reprieves could have gone so poorly, but Vaughn made it work (with help from director John Crowley and Nigel Buck's cinematography). 

Rachel McAdams had her big moment with the orgy episode a few weeks back and was saddled with some less successful stuff here, but she turned in the most consistent performance of the season and made the most interesting choices to produce a relatively coherent character. Colin Farrell, my man, kind of lost his mojo as the show stripped away Ray into a puddle of stern faces and grave whispers. You would have hoped that a couple of showdowns and shootouts would have brought back some zip in Farrell's performance, but it just didn't happen. Nice cowboy hat, though.


The end of the story was fine, given everything else that came before it. That Ani and Jordan (and Nails!) made their way to Venezuela to become a quasi-family—complete with Ray and Ani's lovechild!—and attempt to take down the remaining folks affiliated with Catalyst, the rail corridor, Vinci, and the conspiracy by bringing in the L.A. Times reporter Ray beat up all the back in the premiere, made sense given the story that Pizzolatto chose to tell. The same goes for the idea that many of the evil men involved in the conspiracy got away unscathed; Tony Chesani got his wish and became mayor of Vinci, the attorney general didn't face much blowback, and the railway project moved forward. People will compare this to Season 1's "the light is winning" speech and think there's a bleakness to it, and while that's true, it's only partially so. A lot of bad people were never fully implicated and/or caught during Season 1's investigation, too. That's the genre in which Pizzolatto is playing.

Speaking of the genre conventions, when I think about what went so wrong with Season 2 of True Detective, it's not that it traded in clichés and formulas that we've seen dozens and dozens of times. It's that it did such a poor job of executing those clichés and formulas that it was never entirely possible to simply go along for the ride in a fun genre exercise. 

Even more so, I keep thinking about some of the weirdness that was sprinkled among those first couple of episodes and how almost none of that remained in the show from the fourth episode onward. Ray's wild side, the bird mask, the oddly grizzly way in which Caspere was killed, the Conway Twitty dream sequence at the gates of hell (or something), Dr. Pitlor, Mayor Chesani's family, the history of the free or alternative thought groups—none of that REALLY mattered by the time we got to "Omega Station" and Ray was trying to upload a voice memo to his son in the middle of a shootout. Those flourishes, be they little character tics created by Piz or stylistic bursts brought forth by directors, cinematographers, and editors, rapidly disappeared from the True D equation, and all that was left was a sloppily executed exercise in genre storytelling. 

Maybe Pizzolatto simply had too many ideas for this season and ran out of storytelling real estate. Or maybe HBO should have never let him have full reign over this anticipated next installment of the franchise when it was clear other factors made Season 1 pretty great. And maybe they all shouldn't have rushed into a Season 2 if everything wasn't in place. All those things are probably true. But you know what else is true? This was not good.



CASE NOTES

– Seriously though, that the Chesani family was positioned as so integral, and ultimately WAS, yet we rarely spent time with any of them is a significant crime against these last few episodes. Austin ended up dead, the son was kind of the big bad and yet appeared in like three episodes, and the daughter played by Emily freaking Rios, was around for a week. What in the blue hell happened there?

– I appreciate that Piz believes a young teenage boy who has already had trouble with bullies could carry around his grandfather's old badge in a box and somehow not get FURTHER bullied. Sure man, sure.

– Frank was literally stabbed in the diamonds. And he said that Stan's kid was made of gold. SYMBOLISM? I have no idea. Shout out to Stan though. What a dude, you know?

– So is Nails just going to stick it out with Jordan and Ani forever? It's approximately 10-11 months later and he's surely not being paid anymore. That's commitment he absolutely learned from Stan, right?  

What did you think of the True Detective finale?

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Jun 01, 2017
All in all Season 1 was epic and season 2 was nowhere near that but I disagree with how bad this article and people make it out to be. It had good stuff. Great characters with interesting back stories and great acting. Areas that could of used work were, first off the story felt a little too scattered. Maybe with a couple more episodes things could have had more time to full form along the way or come together. There were many things that could of used more time. Also maybe it was just me but all the business talk about the railway could sometimes get confusing and go far beyond the average persons knowledge of buying into a big project like that so those scenes especially early on could of been made more understandable.
I finally watched the season after having heard about it and read articles around the time it around and after. I definitely see why that one guy took responsiblity for rushing Nic. I think there was solidd stuff in there but would of needed more time to pull it all together so I can definitely see where the rushed sense comes in. All in all not as bad as people dramatically like to make it seem. It was decent. But I understand it not meeting last seasons high quality

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Jun 01, 2017
Old article but "Ani wasn't assaulted in the traditional sense but instead chose to go out in the woods with the Manson-looking fellow"

Really?... just because she went with him willingly initially in no way means she wasn't "assaulted in the traditional sense". Often especially in the case of children who are assaulted it's easy for a perpetrator to befriend and coerce them to go with them willingly. By no means does that make it any less of an assault or kidnapping for that matter.
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Nov 24, 2015
I thought the finale was a good episode, and kept me on the edge of my seat. It was a fairly exciting season of television, with probably even too much action. But it didn't feel like the same show as season 1, in any way, shape, form, atmosphere, directing, writing or plotting. It felt more like The Wire. It was okay television, but it lacked that dark oomph, with hints of supernatural.

I'd love to see season 3 have the surviving characters from seasons 1 and 2 meet up to try to tackle some other corrupt group of bigwigs. Then at least season 2 would have had a purpose.
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Sep 19, 2015
Also, who is Stan?? I think I slept through the scenes with Stan because when he turned up dead and they kept talking about him, all I could think was, "Who the f@#$& is Stan??"
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Sep 19, 2015
A lot of negative things have already been said about the show and I have to agree with most of them. That being said, I did enjoy Colin Farell and Rachel McAdams' performances. I was especially surprised by Colin. I hope this gives his career a good kickstart. On the other hand, Vince Vaughn and whoever played his wife really need to go back to acting school. Although, to be fair, Vince nailed that death walk scene. There's so many things that were just wrong about this season but there were a few golden moments. I think the reason why everyone is so upset is because there IS something there, if only! I think people are disappointed because it had potential, it could have been so much better! There were a lot of plot holes and head-scratch worthy moments, for sure. Some of the ones that really annoyed me:
* Re: Paul's death, how did Burris know where Paul was going to exit? How was he so conveniently just THERE at the right time? Why did Paul even go there? He already knew it was a setup! So stupid.
* Re: Frank's ambush, again, how did the Mexicans know exactly where to get him? How did they know he was going to be on that street at that time? I mean, Ray getting followed makes sense because it's just logical that they would've been watching his son's school. Frank's ambush by the Mexicans, on the other hand, makes zero sense!
* What is the point/significance of the diamonds Frank got? That seemed super random and out of place and, in the end, insignificant.
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Sep 07, 2015
At the risk of repetition, this is tv at its best. I look for a sense of place and the acting, screenplay, laconic pacing combine to provide it. You want it to move faster. But you' be damned if it ends too soon. It joins my Premier league of TV shows: The Wire, Deadwood, Twilight Zone, Hannibal, American Horror, Fargo.

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Nov 24, 2015
The Wire and Fargo, yes, but Hannibal and Deadwood? Kill me.
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Aug 28, 2015
Who is Nails?
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Aug 22, 2015
Waste of time
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Aug 16, 2015
What a great show and satisfying finale. Such great acting, and just the right mix of action and quiet moments. Rare to see an American TV show actually go the 'Nordic way' and allow scenes to unfold with little dialog and rely on the actors skills to convey emotions and story through facial expressions and behaviour.

I was half hoping that Ray would make it out alive and he and Ani would have there happy end, but this was never really realistic and on the cards, and in the end the show had the guts to carry through and kill off all the male leads, which in season 1 they failed to do by keeping Rusty alive against all odds and logic. I just wish that Ray had taken out Lt Burris (James Fray) first, though I can see why they didn't go that way.

Also, this end gave us Ani & Jordan with baby and body-guard walking of into the Venezuelan night to continue the fight. Now that's a show I totally would watch!
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Aug 16, 2015
Yeah this was not good. I remember thinking the first episode was a bit confusing, and after that it felt like I didn't really bother to focus on the plot(s), but I just kept watching anyways. So I guess I really don't know exactly what this show was all about eventho I (kind of) watched all episodes, that says a lot I think.
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Aug 15, 2015
Not the best but the whole season could have made a better 2 and half hour movie , in fact could have been a classic like Heat or Zodiac. Tony Chesani should have been killed along with Osip in the raid carried by Ray and Velcoro. The '92 robbery was just lost and never quite materialized even though it was supposed to be central element that started all this mess. We never got to learn much about Casper even the finale revealed him to be the father of those two kids but that twist just went down. Overall the show badly scripted with many important elements missing that had established season 1 such a masterpiece.
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Aug 14, 2015
That was the single worst hour of television I have ever seen in my life. Shame on HBO and the producers for making such a truly awful show.
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Aug 13, 2015
I'ts fun to see a bunch of people saying "Fuck HBO, i wasted a lot of my precious hours watching this show" and then they spend time writting a comment no one will even read on a show they really dislike... yeah, that makes much sense...
It's also fun to see comments including "I only watched half episode while doing other stuff"... lets start reviewing tv shows that way...

Now, my opinion, i liked this season, the finale was great, episodes before it had some flaws but overall i liked it.
Season one was heavily overrated and season 2 is heavily hated because... what's the difference between human and sheep???
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Aug 14, 2015
100% agree
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Aug 13, 2015
Everything I've heard about season 2 says stay away, especially if you liked the first season. So I will.
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Aug 13, 2015
Yes he is the true detective. http://hdmoviesshops.blogspot.com/
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Aug 13, 2015
This is a continuation of my discussion with Mate and Klotensen, as there was no decent place to continue there ( scroll down to it).
Klotensen asked about the role of the David Morse character, Ani's father and the man in charge of that post hippie commune.
If we want to consider social moral bankrupcy as one of the main symbolic proponents of this season; then his role is indeed central.
He was the man who could not protect his own daughter from being abducted and abused by a pedophile for four days. This is a very long time, and it nudges to maybe that he did not really make a lot of effort to find her; compounded by the fact that he knew that she was at the cabin ( and there doesn't seem to be a lot of those in that neck of the woods ,pun intended).
His other younger daughter has drifted so much that she has become a prostitute and a drug addict which brought her into the darkness of the House, the dangers which we saw in episode six.
The spiritual and lofty ideals of peace and serenity and being outside the normal social sphere did not protect any of those that were closest for him to protect. While he might be sincere, his "commune" is definetly a sham: I saw a good parallel with Mad Men's final episode here.
Even worse, he had in the same past that violated his then young daughter, been the one to unite the men who in the future will become the foul elements of corruption, the future maire, police chief, Caspere and the father of the twins. At that time, they were the promise of that hippie peace and love movement; but were in fact the seeds of its destruction. also, it brings us to the redwood setting as the death of Ray; as these men knew the terrain and Ray did not. Part of the mystique that Ray died in the Redwoods is that while the corrupt men took the path from the Good to the Evil from that place; Ray made the opposite path from a corrupt individual to a Justice-driven good men. Before he dies several characers insist on telling Ray that he is a "Good Man". So dying in that setting was a cycle being closed.
The David Morse character is blind faith, which is as blind as Justice; both here in a bad way. He saw nothing. He contributed to nothing; and in the end he reveals that being a good man, but inert and not participating in the Good, makes him a Bad Man. We must remember Haile Selassie who said: "Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
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Aug 14, 2015
I agree. Even aware of being inert, he can't change his ways. Remember when he "sensed" Ray's huge aura, and that it was green and black? A foreshadowing of Ray's death, when he was looking up in the Redwoods, shortly before being shot, he looked at foliage, green and black. Good observation about evil springing from this place, made me think of nice places powerful people are meeting all the time.
I bet there is more throughout the series, and I think more and more "mildly" about this season, there was something about cycles and starting the cycles over and over(Paul and Ray and maybe even Frank throughout Stan's son)...
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Aug 13, 2015
too many critics trying to show off how sophisticated they are...maybe not as good as last year, but entertaining nevertheless...hope there is a season 3
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Aug 16, 2015
I'm not even reading Tim's reviews anymore - either he watches a very different show, or he his ideas of what is good and bit are very different to mine. Or, cynical thought - tearing a show with large viewership down brings more comments and page-clicks, therefor more money. Nah - that's silly 0_o
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Aug 12, 2015
Hell Yeah. I loved this show and can't understand all the loathing being heaped on it. I went in to it not expecting much from either of the lead actors because of them being cast against type, especially Vince Vaughn and was blown away by how much the characters back stories were layered up from episode to episode. All of these flawed and unlikable people which after you got a handle on why they were like they were you kind of identified with. Everyone of them could have been bought out but they were just good enough deep down that they couldn't live with it. Frank had to show Osip who the big man was and Velcoro had to prove that bad cop or not he was still better than all the other cops. I found the ending suspenseful even though I knew there was not going to be happy endings for any of the main protagonists. Well done Nick Pizzalato, can I have another please.
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Aug 12, 2015
Wow -I loved this season & its unfortunate it NEVER HAD A CHANCE with everyone who just couldn't let go of Season 1 & Rust/Marty!
I also feel like this season fell victim to the 'highbrow over critiquing' everyone who's just too smart for us dummy's who like S2!
*S1 left me scratching my head WAY MORE than S2 -not one person other than a 'Rain Man' type was caught, yet POWERFUL SOUTHERN MEN, with generations of power behind their name associated with this 'thing'? Yes, they were all monsters -but with power, and lawn mower man is what we got!? Then Rust living after being butchered -silly!
Again -loved S1, the setting in Louisiana was awesome (anything to do with that state rules) & you got the creepy VooDoo/Pagan/Carnival stories & imagery -definitely different than anything out there!
*S2 had a plot that for all its twists, was much easier to follow & I loved how everything came together piece by piece in many 'oh sh*%' moments!!
YES, I would have LOVED more time to have developed the characters & stories more -but its 8 episodes.
Bottom line -corruption like this is endless. Every time you think they were getting somewhere the POWERFUL, GREEDY, EVIL people got to someone else (some I forgot about ie: The Mexican's that Frank forgot to -try- & settle up with..... & for those who missed it the 2 main guys from that crew were up ON STAGE @Tony C's swearing in. They woulda killed Frank over the clubs/loss of heroin sales without blinking an eye -BUT, that wasn't the only reason, they were bought up too!
The GREEDY, EVIL, POWERS THAT BE were 2 steps ahead & got to everyone & either bought them or killed them.
Corruption like this is so deep & endless & I think S2 showed that, no matter what they'll win : (

Everyone has the right to like/dislike what they want -its just a shame more people couldnt move past S1 & just enjoy S2 for what it was....
I personally loved the 'edge of your seat' excitement, rooting for these underdogs, & the relationships formed & MAINTAINED THRU THE MADNESS & SADNESS this season.
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Aug 12, 2015
Oh... And Frank & Jordan's 'sappy' send off was definitely a foreshadowing of his death AND like a lot of VV's little gem one liners that were missed by everyone dissecting his vocab..... When she said '& you wear a white suit with a red rose in the pocket' Frank said 'I'll put a red rose in my pocket...'
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Meaning -Im NOT wearing a white suit!
*He also knew he wasn't getting out of the desert alive -they had his grave dug! The whole suit thing was just to humiliate him more. He wasn't giving it up regardless, because of the diamonds in the pocket (which they didn't even know about)!
But also when he realized he wasn't getting out of there, he was NOT gonna die in his boxers or naked!
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Aug 12, 2015
Tapped out halfway through the second episode, and only had the finale on in the background while doing something else. ALL I HEAR IS blah, blah ,he says I'm pretty, BLAH gonna wear a white suit with a red rose, blah, tip about the raid, blah, BBBLLAAAAHH!! Then BANG! SCREAMING, GUNSHOTS. So I look up & I see Cowboy Colin's on the floor sheepishly reaching for his gun that he DROPPED. What do ya know, then the shows only black guy (as far as I assume, whose a criminal.) gets SHANKED UP by some enraged dude in a hoodie. Who is then killed and dies on top of his presumed successful kill, then cewl music kicks in, WHILE now everyone goes into sloomo..... Yeah I agree with most commenters on this thread. F this show, well @ least the SECOND SEASON anyways!!!!!
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Aug 12, 2015
I saw the whole season and yea your summuary is pretty accurate
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Aug 12, 2015
This season was atrocious. And how on earth did this episode deserve 90 minutes?

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Aug 12, 2015
After 7 hours of exposition, you'd think it would have finally culminated in a thrilling 1.5 hr finale of action and tension.... But nope.

I found the overall story arc difficult hard to follow with the amount of "try-harding" there was this season.

I actually cared for Ray and his son, thought that salute scene was touching. Frank's death scene was pretty awesome too. Everything else was just... meh.
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Aug 12, 2015
suck season two.....come back season one
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Aug 12, 2015
Erm, who killed Caspere? I still don't know...
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Aug 12, 2015
The son from the jewelry store
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Aug 13, 2015
The guy in the hoodie? Who handcuffed his sister to the fireplace?
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Aug 12, 2015
I liked it...although haven't watched all of season 1 yet, just started GOT1.
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Aug 11, 2015
Now you all know how I felt about season 1, but I better not say anything against their royal highnesses, McConahay and Harrelson. No more waiting for things to get better, I'm dropping this dank show altogether.
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Aug 11, 2015
Dear Kory, I am very very sorry but I belive you do not have the slightest idea of what GOOD TV is! I fully disagreee with you regarding tha last episode, as - in my opinion - ita s one of the best, sensitive, touching, strong, humane endings I have ever seen in a series. OK maybe the 2nd season was not as good as the first, do not forget that the element of surprise was missing to bgin with and ALWAYs a comparison would be unavidable - although this is a big mistake in an anthology series, BUT the finale? Boring??? Unsatisfying? REALLY???? And the actors? Not good??? of course not good, but AWESOME!!!! And the cinematography? The direction? ALL BAD??probabaly i was watching a different series than you! I am really sorry telling this but probably your favorite series is CSI Miamai, New York or ... something anyway and you should stick to this as True detective obviously is made for a thinking audience and not for consumers of cheap and easy dramas like the ones you write so good reviews for. The ending was not just good, it was FANTASTIC and I am deeply sorry that you are so prejudged with Pizzolato - this is more than obvious in your reviews, you simply do not like the guy - that you just cannot see it.
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Aug 11, 2015
Piz played WAY too much GTA V before writing this season of True Detective.
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Aug 12, 2015
true...true
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Aug 11, 2015
What a garbage ending to a boring season. Loved that 'At Midnight' added to the insult Monday night when the three comedians from 'Marriage' Nat Faxon, Bret Gelman, and Sarah Burns got to answer the question. Since Season 2 of True Detective was so bad what changes would you make in Season 3 to win back the internet's love. Faxon's response: It should just be called Season 6 of 'Game of Thrones', Burns: Wall to wall titties. I stand by that answer. and Gelman took a shot at Pizzalotto with his response: Better writing and not everything about it being terrible. Bret Gelman may have been dead on but Sarah Burns deserved the points.
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Aug 11, 2015
Yeah I didn't give a crap about the characters, the story meandered way to much, and the "big reveals" were so bleh. It was a giant waste of everyone's time. I think they pretty much killed the True Detective franchise for me at least. It'll probably get at least one more season if they choose to make it.
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Aug 11, 2015
Ugh. Most of the season, and most of this season finale, was such a bore. Yuck.
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Aug 11, 2015
I was never all that impressed with this season as many viewers and critics were. Still I stuck with the season from start to finish because I was interested in seeing how things would play out. Another reason is the good (Though not great.) performances by the main cast. Colin Farrell being the strongest of the group. However I was not at all satisfied when the story reached its conclusion. It was for all intents and purposes a letdown for me because it is incomplete. Ani delivered all the evidence, but we never learn if the villains were brought to justice. I don't care for stories that have no resolution. I'm sure Nick Pizzalato will say that is a frequent occurrence in life that certain questions will never be answered (Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Hoffa) , but it makes for pretty bad television.
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Aug 11, 2015
I pretty much bailed when they cast Vince Vaughn, but remember it's not the same director so that might have had a little to do with the downfall as well.
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Aug 11, 2015
Sorry but i just hate these kind of tragic ends to a show (or a movie). The people i cheer for just die and the people i don´t like win?

No, this was a total disaster for me...
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Aug 14, 2015
sorry, that's life :(
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Aug 11, 2015
Okay, I understand that this deep dark genre is what Pizzalato is playing at, he did it more convincingly in Season 1, yet at least that had a minor resolution for its beloved characters. Now, I agree with Cory in saying that the relationships developed in the story weren't as strong, probably due to the large amount of storylines adopted throughout. Yet, something that did feel true and real was Ray's confliction of his moral persona and the bond between him and Ani. He drove himself on a trajectory of hate and anger all those years ago, yet, from what the audience saw was that he tried to be better. And it was this good that was highlighted by what he had with Ani and his need to his "son". The direction that the son wasn't his was finally proven untrue by photos of his human side, hugging him with love, his salute at the school was equally powerful. Pizzolato did enough to confirm our views on Ray as redeemable by his willingness to sacrifice himself for Ani. "We get the world we deserve" was the line adopted at the start of this season. I thought after all that tension, loss and loneliness - he did not deserve death alone and a tarnishing of who he was in the media. Hell, not even his recordings were uploaded. And yet, Chessani and Burris didn't "deserve" their due! The ending left absolutely No resolve to this story at all, the truth was left behind the dark doors - it never even came out in the 8 episodes, all in all - the series acheived nothing really! What started out as an interestingly weird cult based investigation which turned into corruption and crime politics left us with no ending except death for both Frank and Ray - tragic flawed heroes.
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Aug 11, 2015
Not a good show by any definition.
A couple of good scenes and a few good actors do not make a show.

Jordan and Ani never met back in the states. And now they're supposed to be family in Venezuela, because their men got each other killed?

Stan and Nails. Henchmen like that are beyond fantasy.
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Aug 11, 2015
There was a big black bird on a billboard in the corner of the frame when Frank was kidnapped and driven off to his death.
Just wondering if there might be anymore of those images throughout the series
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Aug 11, 2015
It's not that this season isn't as good as the first one, because I never expected that. It's that it sucked -this finale in particular- *so* badly, at *so* many levels, that it is light years away from good television. This finale is not even close to average, it's an utter and horrible and embarrassing DISASTER. In dialogues, in acting, in story. I don't have the strength to elaborate too much, just...
A LOVECHILD?!
VISIONS IN THE DESERT?!?

I wanted to cry.
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Aug 11, 2015
Agree with the review. It was a pain to get through this last episode. I just wanted to get it over with. To the episode's credit, it did teach me something: If you're going to have an extended death scene, it needs to mean something. If it doesn't mean anything, doesn't contain any deeper truths or insights about characters, then it needs to be quick - pretty much the very opposite of Semyon's death scene.
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Aug 11, 2015
Did Pizzolatto specifically have two female characters survive as a feminist message, or was he completely sexist in that the only reason they survived is that their 'men' told them to leave? I'm sure Ray would've much more chance of surviving had Ani been with him...
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Aug 11, 2015
This is why as a fan I didn't want the name "True Detective" continued without main cast, theme, actors. This just ruins their legacy unfortunately and here is hoping there is no "season 3".
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Aug 11, 2015
Few weeks ago I said this was a jumbled up mes but I take that back now. I absolutely loved this finale. Last weeks episode is where everything fell into place for me. Everything just clicked. Going into the finale I knew who everyone was and what they all wanted so I was able to just sit back and really enjoy the episode. The ending was also great. I totally disagree with people saying this season was a complete waste of time, I also enjoyed the episodes even if I didn't fully understand what everyone wanted but now, after the finale, I really liked it. Might binge watch the entire thing now knowing what I know.
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Aug 15, 2015
They're lots of season 1 fans allover this place...so we cannot expect em to embrace this absolutely great finale! The show was brilliantly written and projected, I really loved it!
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Aug 11, 2015
this was one of the better episodes but the entirety of the season dragged on so much... overall disappointment
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Aug 11, 2015
I wanted to like it; I really, really did. But I gave up after the infiltration of orgy. It seemed at that point everyone introduced was guilty so what's the point of a dramatic finale. I suspected the the orphan children from diamond heist but even that left me nonchalant as they were only introduced like back on episode 1?? I had to Google them again, and I watched every episode! Advise for next season: less actors, more story.
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Aug 10, 2015


So not gonna miss you Season 2
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Aug 10, 2015
Each one of us has different opinion and this has to do with which perspective one saw this series and what expectations he/she had from it. However, the question remains : would you like to see season 3 bringing another set of Hollywood actors? This whole project/idea of ''exposing'' big names to TV series is kinda interesting.
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Aug 10, 2015
I think you missed the point but i am too tired to share that with you, You're so incredibly conventional, Cory, where was the guy who made Teen wolf so fun? or was it someone else?
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Aug 11, 2015
Price Peterson reviews Teen Wolf. As well as The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, American Horror Story and probably others I'm forgetting right now.
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Aug 10, 2015
I really liked the season, to me it was interesting, the actors were great and the soundtrack was amazing.
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Aug 11, 2015
The girl at the bar..... man, that song is just phenominal.
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Aug 10, 2015
After watching this season, it's pretty obvious that Nic Pizzolatto was just a one hit wonder!
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Aug 10, 2015
I liked that season, it was not great but it was very watchable.
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Aug 10, 2015
So much hate. I thought the finale and the season as a whole was great! Everyone that I know who watches TD has enjoyed it as well so it is interesting to read all of the negativity on here.
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Aug 11, 2015
It was definitely enjoyable and at times it was quite great, yet, the long finale left us with such a hopeless ending, with absolutely no resolution. Sure, it fitted in with the theme of the season, but a slight escape from that such as in the helpless ending of Ray - the flawed hero would've been something to appreciate. Instead, all the male guys died alone, Ray's name got tarnished and this was even more painful after seeing the photos of his & the son & the recordings scene... Absolutely no resolution. Oh well.
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Aug 11, 2015
Had mixed feelings about that ending, on one hand it's the most believable but I sure as hell would've enjoyed a happy ending. With just a few individuals fighting against a corrupt system it's just not very likely that they'll come out on top.
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Aug 12, 2015
Yeah, a small happy ending sure would've been nice, especially, after all that unfair corruption & straight out darkness in it's characters in those 8 hrs of television. Unfortunately, it ended no differently.
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Aug 11, 2015
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Aug 11, 2015
Right there with you, never been much of a fan of Vince Vaugh but I actually quite liked his performance in this show. The plot was alot easier to follow than season 1's and had some really great action scene's.
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Aug 10, 2015
Damn, this ending sucks, it's too realistic, the bad guys win, like in reality all the time. When I watch tv or a movie I want to feel good.
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