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Vince Vaughn & Colin Farrell Have Big Shoes to Fill in Season 2 of 'True Detective'

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    I got sucked in to the first season of True Detective faster than I have for any drama that was airing its first season. My typical habits of watching a drama I've never seen before is waiting for the first (or multiple) season(s) to complete and see if a friend recommends it. If someone I know doesn't recommend it then I typically don't watch it, but the first season of HBO's 'True Detective' was a show I was excited about before it started and I was not let down a bit.

    The first season, which starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, was easily the top five shows that I watched last year. HBO is known to do great shows, but even they outdid themselves. They had me hooked from episode one to the season finale.

    Season two, which stars Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell, is set to air June 21st and they have some really big shoes to fill. If the season is as good as HBO's official trailer then I have no doubt that it will be a great season, but it's going to be really tough to beat what Harrelson and McConaughey did in Season 1.

    What do you think about HBO seemingly remaking the show for Season 2? Do you think this is how the series will be handled--by having an entirely new cast each season? I can actually see myself really liking that if that's what they wind up doing. Changing the characters of a show every season has never really been done before, or at least not on any show I have ever watched. Maybe HBO is on to something here.

    Official HBO trailer for Season 2

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    I completely agree with you. Super great first season. Really pushed the limits for dialogue. It is also a really cool idea to have the setting and actors change with every new season. That way it's always something completely fresh. As for the actors, I really like every one of them. They all have a ton of talent that can be accessed with the right story line and director. And I think this is it.

    As you said, it is going to be especially hard for Ferrell and Vaughn. I think Mcadams will fit in just nice though. This will be her first role like this that I know of.
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    Anthology format. It's been done before, sort of. American Horror Story comes to mind. But that's the only one I can think of off the top of my head. I loved the first season of True Detective. Rust Cohle is one of the greatest tv characters ever for my money, and I was sold from the first 5 minutes. I have high hopes for season 2. But I can't help but feel that Pizzolatto and company caught lightning in a bottle with that season.

    What I think will happen is we will get great acting, great writing and directing and all that. But I think what made the first season so great for me was the content matter. The whole nihilistic, existential struggle of it all. The deep philosophy tied to badass dialogue. That's what hooked me the most. I fear the next season will be something different, that by comparison will be lesser than the first.

    Hopefully Nick can create a whole different arch that's just as compelling, but I have my doubts only because the first was just that good.
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    I really need to start watching this series. I heard it was amazing
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    SciFi Nerd Wrote: I really need to start watching this series. I heard it was amazing
    You will not be disappointed with Season 1. I'm really looking forward to the second season, even though I'm not the biggest Vince Vaughn fan. It will be interesting to see if they can make the second season as awesome as the first.
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    Vince Vaughn is really good in one specific type of role. I'm not saying he can't do different roles, I just have never seen him do it
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    SciFi Nerd Wrote: Vince Vaughn is really good in one specific type of role. I'm not saying he can't do different roles, I just have never seen him do it
    Yea, I agree. I am cautiously optimistic about Season 2 just because I have faith that HBO will want make sure it's just as good, if not better, than the first season. It will be interesting to see him in a serious roll, but other actors have been able to do it before, so hopefully he can too.
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    SciFi Nerd Wrote: I really need to start watching this series. I heard it was amazing
    You should. The first season was amazing. I can only hope that the second is just as good if not better.
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    First episode just aired. Gotta say I'm impressed. It's very dark, but already they have done an excellent job making the show feel like a brand new series. But it still has hints of the first season's themes, which I'm excited about. I think we're in store for a great season.
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    I wiped my great expectations out clean for this new season. I tried to view it as a new show to give it a fighting chance against season 1. Which was just absolutely perfect. Mathew and Woody set the bar crazy high. But it's hard to forget the first season when I feel like this first episode was a bit forced into the direction of the first. The music, the large scenery shots from the air, etc. And I must say, I dislike the intro song a lot. I wish they would of used the song from the trailer (the only thing worth fighting for).

    One more thing, I felt like watching Vaughn at times was a bit of a stage performance. Just something didn't flow right, making it too performanc-ey. That being said, it was only the first episode and I completely understand that it is to set the stage.

    I am still super excited to see where they take it. I have always liked Colin F. and he seems to have engulfed this role perfectly so far. I am hoping Vaughn gets in sink with his character. Also, McAdams is surprisingly good in that gritty role. And Taylor Kitsch has always been up and down for me. When he's good, he's good. When he's nervous, not so good. But I think he sinks into this anxiety ridden character very well so far.

    Also, I laughed out loud crazy hard and scared my dogs when Colin F. Said that last line to that kid on the front lawn. It was hilarious.

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    After 5 episodes of 8, can I just say... this season is a complete failure. Sorry to say. Really I am. Had very high hopes. But I almost stopped episode 5 halfway through just because it doesn't compel whatsoever. At least not to me. But I kept with it, and will do so until the end just hoping that the writing surprises me in some kind of cool way at the end. Here's hoping..
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    NeoLogic Wrote: After 5 episodes of 8, can I just say... this season is a complete failure. Sorry to say. Really I am. Had very high hopes. But I almost stopped episode 5 halfway through just because it doesn't compel whatsoever. At least not to me. But I kept with it, and will do so until the end just hoping that the writing surprises me in some kind of cool way at the end. Here's hoping..
    It definitely is moving turtle slow. There's a few really cool parts thrown in though. I am still excited to watch it every Sunday. I am mostly interested in the characters and the development of them. They story though... meh. Not so much. I get that Casper is supposed to be the mystery, but does anyone really care at all about him. I don't. That being said, I am enjoying the show. My biggest thing is that there is not very many serious shows on air right now, and this is one of them. So even though it doesn't hit expectations, I enjoy having another story to try to get involved in.
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    Agreed, I hate when shows peter out like this. Hopeful it will pick back up
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    NeoLogic Wrote: After 5 episodes of 8, can I just say... this season is a complete failure. Sorry to say. Really I am. Had very high hopes. But I almost stopped episode 5 halfway through just because it doesn't compel whatsoever. At least not to me. But I kept with it, and will do so until the end just hoping that the writing surprises me in some kind of cool way at the end. Here's hoping..
    You and me both. I am really disappointed with this season, especially after having such high hopes following Season 1. I now find myself looking at my watch and waiting for the episode to be over with. I keep hoping that it will get better, but that never seems to happen.
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    I thought the last episode, 'Churn in ruins' or something like that, was really good.