Given that HBO had its presentation at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour this afternoon, can you really be that stunned that there was talk of “True Detective“? While the series drew rave reviews for its first season featuring the likes of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, the second season has been considered for the most part a disappointment. Major TV critics have derided the show; we’ve been more positive than most about the series, but at the same exact time we feel like it is a step down from season 1’s quality.
As you would expect, though, the head of the network is not going to say anything negative about his product. Michael Lombardo told the reports the following while assuring that he is happy with the overall series:
“I think you need to watch the entirety of it; I have, and I think it’s enormously satisfying … [Creator Nic Pizzolatto] is a bold storyteller, and I mean that only in the most positive ways.”
Here is the problem with Lombardo’s argument here: While there may be truth to his statement that the ending pays things off, viewers have to want to take that full journey. Many viewers gave the show a few episodes this season, and then gave up before the show got a chance to improve. To us, we feel like there have been some steps in the right direction ever since the fifth episode.
As for a potential third season, Lombardo said that he is open to it depending on what Pizzolatto wants to do moving forward. We’re also open to it, given that we think the quality of season 1 earned him a shot at a comeback. Our suggestion? Maybe make it a little less ethereal, and allow the show a little room to breathe and laugh once or twice an episode.