Are you guys watching the new True Detective series on HBO? I am, but I spend half of every episode debating with myself whether to quit. I get bored, my mind wanders, and I think, what if I just stopped watching? I could read my book instead!
The first series was so wildly different from a typical mystery show. We had untrustworthy narrators and a fragmented, flippy timeline. We had the joyous surprise of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey turning out to be really amazing actors, playing their characters both young (and hot!) and old (and not).
This new series, though, is no better than an okay Masterpiece Mystery series. And in some ways it's worse, with its derivative David Lynchian over-the-top depressing murk, such as Lena Lynn's performance of "This Is My Least Favorite Life":
I'm not the only one who thinks so. Todd VanDerWerff has cataloged the 31 most ridiculous moments in the premiere episode here.
If a homophobic cop turning out to be gay is the writers' idea of unpredictability, I should probably quit. I'm re-reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell right now, and even though I've read it before it contains more surprises than True Detective 2 so far.