“This is my least favorite life,” was the dreary refrain by Lera Lynn, heard over and over (and over) to nearly the point of parody in the first episode of “True Detective” season two. And it’s a clear sign that for the second time around, Nic Pizzolatto is really pushing hard on the existential dread that made the first season of his hit show so memorable. But does intensifying those elements make for better drama?
For the next eight weeks, Brad Brevet from Rope Of Silicon and I will be talking about “True Detective” episode-by-episode, and we get things started today with “The Western Book Of The Dead.” We dive into the four lead characters, the general outline of the show, and our initial thoughts about the setting of the new series. We’re just getting our feet wet, so stayed tuned as the discussion goes deeper in the weeks ahead.