That painful discussion Frank convinced Jordan to take a hike was just downright ridiculous. I was glad when the scene was over. How those actors can stand to keep blabbing out those ridiculous lines is beyond me. For eight episodes we waited for the "it" moment - when things would click and we'd suddenly realize we were watching a masterpiece, just like Season 1. It was not to be. Not only did the series just bite the big one all the way through, the ending was spectacularly awful. The bad guys won (for the time being, at least) and three out of the four characters in whom we got invested all joined the choir invisible. I don't remember ever being quite so disappointed in a series. This was a disaster.
Don't know why, but I kept expecting Ray to lose it while playing the role of a servant. I suppose being able to slap the talk show host twice allowed him to let off some steam. (P.S. It wasn't until he started mouthing off at Ray that I realized that was Jack Wagner. Jack *friggin* Wagner!. Man has he aged. Also, I had no idea until the review that that was Cheryl Ladd!) Does anyone really believe Mickey's going to hang around for the culmination of Terry's illness?
I really felt like this episode kicked it up several notches. I was more invested in this episode than in any of the ones preceding it. Frank was a little more believable - probably because Vaughn was given fewer idiotic phrases to utter, and because of his gruesome takedown of that guy. I mean he shot him in the gut, then settled down with a drink to watch him die. I kept thinking his wife Jordan may have been in on the conspiracy against him. She may still be, I don't know. She's his one weak point for sure. I'm now really curious on two fronts: 1) how will Frank come out of this a wealthy man? He knows the setup for the handover of $13 million (side note: who does that anymore? In a digital age you'd think they'd find ways to move it around online and not take chances with cash handovers). 2) How will Ray and Ani solve this while sidestepping the array of crooked cops and politicians aligned against them? That second one alone will keep me riveted until the final scene next week. Also - poor Paul. Poor, misunderstood misguided Paul. His story was such a waste in this series. His life - and death - only served to show how evil the other guys are. That's it, that's all. I agree Carissa: the editing on this series needed a *LOT* of work.
I'm leaning toward that interpretation too. Didn't see any brain matter but man was there a lot of blood.
Did I stutter? I said Trump had the right to say whatever he wanted. I just added that NBC has the right to turf him if they don't like what he says. The man isn't being thrown in jail for his remarks. If he were, then I'd be right there defending him. (Free speech and all) Show me a country - and country - where the employee has the right to do what he likes and the employer can't fire him. Can't can you? So instead you respond with an ad hominem attack. Really loving your debating skills.
Oh good. I thought I was alone in not quite getting where all of this is going. I mean, I understand how the first episode or two was spent introducing us to the main characters and their backstories but…..enough already. Let's get to the meat of the thing. I'm glad Ray made it and wasn't killed - although the explanation of that left me cold and disbelieving. Yeah, cops use dummy bullets but not usually at such close range. Kudos to Farrell for making us sympathize with his gut injury (noticed how he constantly protected himself even while chasing the guy who torched their car?). The first season of True Detective wasn't so much about the case at hand, as it was about Rusty and Martin. God help us if that's true about this season as well - because I'm just not getting it.
Sure it is! Just as it is NBC's right to cut ties with him if they feel his opinions don't reflect their own. We are all free to be as bigoted as we'd like to be, but we're not free to be exempt from the consequences of our actions. I applaud NBC for their actions in this regard. Nice to see a major corporation exhibiting some decency.
A couple of things: 1) did he identify himself (other than someone who was "with the police")?; 2) how do we know the guy won't make a trip to the cop shop and try and press charges? This cop is living on the edge as it is - there's no indication he won't suffer from his misdeeds; 3) there are crooked cops who pull this kind of stuff all the time. Sometimes they get charged, sometimes not - because of "lack of evidence" (ref. the G8 summit in Toronto a few years ago, when a whole lot of people were beaten or illegally detained - including a reporter - and only one cop was charged but then exonerated). Often their brothers on the "thin blue line" will back them up, making prosecution impossible. It happens. I find this show entirely realistic.
Season 1 raised the bar pretty damned high. Even though Season 2 Episode 1 only gave us a small taste of what's to come, I have high hopes. This is definitely a dark gritty drama that seems (so far) to have the same ability to pull us all in. And for starters, we're already finding ourselves caring about these broken characters - which frankly is an amazing start to this season and bodes well for the rest of it.
It was all about the stories and investigations this year - much much more than it was any of the personalities. There was very little in the way of character development.
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