Before Thursday, the only thing “True Detective” fans knew about season two was the cast, which didn’t mean much considering all of the cast members that made season one unforgettable won’t be returning. HBO’s highly-anticipated second season now has a face to go with the hype.
The first trailer is now available for fans to drool over for the next two months in preparation of the premier on June 21. The trailer is one minute long, disclosing some vital information regarding the show’s tone, which looks much like the first season’s eerie landscape. Though there’s no dialogue to reveal any narrative details, fans get a taste of what they’ve been missing since we saw Rust and Marty close out the compelling first season.
This season, another strange homicide introduces us to three officers and an experienced criminal residing in California. Colin Ferrell plays Ray Velcoro, a detective in a similarly compromised situation we saw from Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) in season one. Vince Vaughn, which is one of the more interesting casting choices this season considering Vaughn’s resume doesn’t necessarily coincide with the tone of “True Detective,” plays a criminal who may end up losing everything he’s built. This could spark a new career path for Vaughn with help from the show’s acclaimed writer Nic Pizzolatto.
Vaughn isn’t the only cast member who may redefine their career in eight episodes. Rachel McAdams stars as Ani Bezzerides, a detective questioning the system she works for, who finds herself in the middle of a crime that reeks of criminal collusion, not to mention the billions of dollars involved with the case.
The show is built as an anthology, where each season will clean house, bringing in new cast members to fill different roles surrounding a different crime. The trick is providing the same thematic elements that made the first season a hit. For the short amount of time we get to watch, the trailer seems to mirror what the first season did well, but the first season’s story was just as intriguing and intellectually stimulating as the acting, writing and aesthetic treatment. It’s how well all of the show’s captivating elements worked together that earned season one a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Miniseries or Television Film.
The drastic geographical change from a Louisiana State Police force to L.A. County should offer up some entertaining changes to the popular series, but don’t expect season two to deviate too far from what earned it so much praise last time around.
If we are truly in the “Golden Age” of television, which is a buzz that seems to be focused more on extended cable package networks (HBO, AMC, Showtime, etc.) rather than major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.), “True Detective” is sitting comfortably with today’s top-tier shows.