Friday, July 24, 2015
Don't Blame Vince for True Detective's Woes
Anyway, the show hasn't lived up to expectations and I've read a lot of bad press regarding Vince Vaughn as the heavy. Some seem to think that he is largely to blame for the fact that this season is a far cry from the glory of that marvelous first season, one of the best seasons of television ever produced. Look, whatever shortcomings the show has, it isn't on Vince. Some of his dialogue has been a bit overwrought (his basement monologue was certainly uneven in spots), but I think he's killing it. There's definitely a The Long Good Friday vibe to his mobster who wanted to go legit only to get forced back into the game in a big way, but the role remains fresh and I think his arc is the best thing about this season of True Detective. I like the cops, but I would watch this show if it was strictly centered on Vaughn's character. Frank Semyon is a manipulative bastard who is fully capable of getting his hands dirty, but he's mostly successful at masking his destructive prowess, and at his best he is actually a warm and charismatic human being. As his best laid plans continue to unravel, I find myself rooting for the guy even though he deserves exactly what's coming to him.
In closing, the second season of True Detective isn't as good as the first one. It isn't really all that close, but shame on those who thought that wouldn't be the case. Regardless, it's a solid show and the talent is delivering the goods, particularly Vince Vaughn, who is stealing the show in a rare non-comedic role. Dude is money. That's my take, anyway. Let me know if you disagree.