pop culture, television

True Detective is back.

True Detective promoThe second season of HBO’s True Detective premiered last night. Instead of Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson, this time they’ve got four main characters/recognizable faces: Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn.

Since only one episode has aired so far, and it feels basically like a new show (because new people, new place), I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet. But I do have a few thoughts:

I’m tempted to say I’m not as engrossed in it right away as I was with the first season, but I’m thinking that might be because time was split between more characters, so there wasn’t as much coverage per person to really get into them and their stories. (Also, whoa, background info dump!)

I realized after I watched it that the ways many of the women were introduced into the episode were oddly often related to sex:

  • Ani (McAdams) opened having an awkward/shaming sex talk with a guy she’s hooking up with,
  • the mysterious girlfriend of Paul (Kitsch) was waiting in her bed for him to show up (and disappointed when he didn’t hop right into bed with her),
  • Ani’s sister was caught with an online sexy webcam job,
  • we hear about someone’s wife at first by hearing about her brutal rape (Farrell), and
  • one of the cop characters (Kitsch) was propositioned by a woman he pulled over who was trying to get out of a ticket.

I didn’t take notes as I was watching, so I might’ve even missed more than that… these are the ones that stuck out in my mind this morning when I started thinking about it. Separately, it didn’t seem like much, but all together it’s kind of odd. The men weren’t introduced by sex/sexual violence, so why were so many of the women?

I like Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch is Tim Riggins in my heart forever, so I’ll watch again next week to give it another try at hooking me. Having women characters (beyond murder victims), is a step up from last season, so maybe the show will start handling them better soon…