Yesterday (September 23), we all officially found out a whole lot about season two of "True Detective," including two of the lead actors, their character descriptions and a brief plot synopsis. We also found out a whole lot about how everyone felt about this news.
Fans and detractors of the first season of Nic Pizzolatto's HBO drama jumped onto Twitter to share their problems with casting Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, explain why this next season couldn't be possibly be as good, or tell everyone who didn't like the news that they were foolish for making assumptions.
It was the natural reaction to any surprising news that has to do with something popular, but which complaints are more valid than others? Let's take a look.
Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn were the wrong choices for leads.
Vince Vaughan & Colin Ferrel new cast for True Detective where they'll investigate the mystery of how either actor still have careers.— Robin Harper (@harpersbazaar) September 24, 2014
No one can really say one way or another whether Farrell and Vaughn are right for season two, but they're definitely surprising choices. Back when McConaughey was hired for season one, the McConaissance was still in its early stages. Farrell and Vaughn, while not the most diverse choices (more on that later), have been great before, and with "True Detective's" status as solid career rehab, season two has the potential to bring the best out of them.
Where are the women and non-white actors?
Maybe in the next season of True Detective, Colin Farrell & Vince Vaughn can solve the mystery of the missing female and non-white actors— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) September 23, 2014
Good point. At the moment, this question is totally fair. Pizzolatto had previously gone on the record — after similar criticism hit season one — that his next story in the anthology would be about "hard women." That's "women" with an "e," implying multiple, and yet here we have two white dudes again.
This, however, is only the first official casting announcement. It's been widely reported that one of the three detective roles is female and that the wife of Vaughn's character plays a significant part in the story. Will future castings address both the gender issues and lack of diversity? Hopefully, but even then, we really won't know until the show premieres.
Having more than one director will majorly affect the show.
Casting on TRUE DETECTIVE S 2 bothers me less than the move away from a single directorial vision.— Devin Faraci (@devincf) September 23, 2014
Personally, this is my biggest concern. Farrell and Vaughn could blow everyone away with stellar performances, and future castings may (hopefully) address both the show's gender and diversity issues. The choice to switch directors every few episodes, however, is a done deal.
This is not a complaint about Justin Lin, who has more than proven himself as a capable director. I'm afraid that when season two debuts with three or four different filmmakers at the helm, we'll all realize just how good Cary Fukunaga was.
So much of the first season's success had to do with aspects that most viewers probably weren't conscious of, things like framing or camera movement (besides the long take, obviously) or tone. Carrying these elements over across eight episodes, making it feel like one, cohesive story, is much more doable when it's one director. It's a risk to hand the reins over to a single filmmaker, but look how it worked out last time.
"True Detective" season two is expected to debut this summer.