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Turns out that Cary Fukunaga hasn't even seen season two of True Detective

12.03.2015

I know I'm not alone in my opinion, but I consider the first season of HBO's True Detective to be some of the most compelling television I've ever seen; everything from its acting to its score were top notch and left many of us anxiously waiting to see how writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto would follow it up. Cary Fukunaga, who directed every episode of the first season, would sadly not be returning for True Detective's sophomore season, but hopes were still high that it would be every bit as good as the first. Now that the second season of True Detective has come and gone (and its future is up in the air) we are beginning to realize just how much of a part Fukunaga played in making the first season of True Detective so great.

Although Cary Fukunaga stayed on as an executive producer, he not only had nothing to do with the production of the second season, he told Interview Magazine that he hasn't even gotten around to watching it.

I had nothing to do with Season 2, and I haven't seen it yet. But I think it was also set up for far too high expectations. I had never planned on doing Season 2. I don't even think I realized how much work Season 1 would be. But I try not to do the same thing twice. And I definitely would never have done two seasons of the same show. That's far too big of a commitment. After Season 1 was done, I was very happy to move on, back to feature film and a completely different world to immerse myself in. And whatever I do next, hopefully, will feel just as different as anything I've ever done before.

Instead of continuing with True Detective, Cary Fukunaga instead directed BEASTS OF NO NATION, a truly excellent film which followed Agu, a child soldier torn from his family by a Commandant played by Idris Elba in order to fight in a civil war. When asked whether a campaign to bring him back for a third season of True Detective would be successful, Fukunaga laughed and said "time to find a new candidate." You can read our own Chris Bumbray's reviews of True Detective right here!

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5:48PM on 12/04/2015
Season 2 was well made and well acted, but the script wasn't nearly as good as Season 1. I don't think it would've made a difference if Cary Fukunaga was directing it. That said, it was still better than most cop shows, and I would watch Season 3 if they make it.
Season 2 was well made and well acted, but the script wasn't nearly as good as Season 1. I don't think it would've made a difference if Cary Fukunaga was directing it. That said, it was still better than most cop shows, and I would watch Season 3 if they make it.
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11:21AM on 12/04/2015
While Season 1 was incredible and some of the best TV I've seen, I'll give Season 2 the benefit of the doubt. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't great, it was just mediocre. It was a bit convoluted and lacked the magnetism that McConaughey and Harrelson brought in Season 1.
While Season 1 was incredible and some of the best TV I've seen, I'll give Season 2 the benefit of the doubt. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't great, it was just mediocre. It was a bit convoluted and lacked the magnetism that McConaughey and Harrelson brought in Season 1.
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10:39AM on 12/04/2015
Hasn't seen Season 2? Lucky him, that season of TV was a terribly huge waste of time.
Hasn't seen Season 2? Lucky him, that season of TV was a terribly huge waste of time.
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7:11AM on 12/04/2015
I really liked Season 2. Season 1 it was not. But were we really wanting more of the same thing. I think it is brave for a series to try something different and I was pleasantly surprised by the ending of season 2. Because the world isn't a happy place and I think that Season 2 reflected that quite well. Plus I thought the idea of a career criminal having a morality was really interesting while bent cops have none, really showed that what we know of our institutions and what we think is right
I really liked Season 2. Season 1 it was not. But were we really wanting more of the same thing. I think it is brave for a series to try something different and I was pleasantly surprised by the ending of season 2. Because the world isn't a happy place and I think that Season 2 reflected that quite well. Plus I thought the idea of a career criminal having a morality was really interesting while bent cops have none, really showed that what we know of our institutions and what we think is right and wrong is severely twisted.
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3:51AM on 12/04/2015

Terrible

This was just awful tv, I forced my way through nine episodes and after reading a review of the finale and discovering it was an awful 2 hour bore fest I decided to skip it.
This was just awful tv, I forced my way through nine episodes and after reading a review of the finale and discovering it was an awful 2 hour bore fest I decided to skip it.
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1:10AM on 12/04/2015
How the hell can you executive produce a show, and not even watch a single episode? Is it common for executive producers to contribute nothing to a show or film? Seems strange and fucked up. "Yeah I executive produced a show, but had nothing to do with it." WTF
How the hell can you executive produce a show, and not even watch a single episode? Is it common for executive producers to contribute nothing to a show or film? Seems strange and fucked up. "Yeah I executive produced a show, but had nothing to do with it." WTF
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8:35AM on 12/04/2015
Often executive producers/producers only contribute money/funding...and nothing else. And on the back end they may make a profit....its an investment, nothing else.
Often executive producers/producers only contribute money/funding...and nothing else. And on the back end they may make a profit....its an investment, nothing else.
9:44AM on 12/04/2015
He says that to sound edgy but I'm sure he saw the rushes and went on set a few times. He just never sat down to watch the whole thing once it was completed.
He says that to sound edgy but I'm sure he saw the rushes and went on set a few times. He just never sat down to watch the whole thing once it was completed.
10:32PM on 12/03/2015
Even though season 2 was a disappointment (although it had parts I liked), I'm still hoping another season happens. Maybe take a year off and recharge those creative batteries. I would recommend going back to focusing on just 2 main characters.
Even though season 2 was a disappointment (although it had parts I liked), I'm still hoping another season happens. Maybe take a year off and recharge those creative batteries. I would recommend going back to focusing on just 2 main characters.
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10:58PM on 12/03/2015
Not to mention, the return of our goddess, perchance?
Not to mention, the return of our goddess, perchance?
10:14PM on 12/03/2015

Season 2 lacked everything that made Season 1 great.

Strong actors, well developed characters, and moments of pure unadulterated sexual allure.
Strong actors, well developed characters, and moments of pure unadulterated sexual allure.
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9:38PM on 12/03/2015
I too share Kutz's thoughts. S2 of True Detective was fucking atrocious. It was an abortion from beginning to end. If I could get those 10 hours of my life back I would. I am not sure I have felt so bored and so pissed that I wasted time watching a season of tv ever in my life. When you take a flyer on a brand new show, you never know what to expect. When you watch a stellar show for the first season, and then have it literally dissolve to liquids shits the next season, its frustrating and
I too share Kutz's thoughts. S2 of True Detective was fucking atrocious. It was an abortion from beginning to end. If I could get those 10 hours of my life back I would. I am not sure I have felt so bored and so pissed that I wasted time watching a season of tv ever in my life. When you take a flyer on a brand new show, you never know what to expect. When you watch a stellar show for the first season, and then have it literally dissolve to liquids shits the next season, its frustrating and painful. Frustrating and painful is exactly what I used to describe S2 to someone a few weeks after it ended and when they asked me if they should watch it.
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9:25PM on 12/03/2015
I wish, like Mr. Fukunaga, that I too had not seen season two of True Detective...
I wish, like Mr. Fukunaga, that I too had not seen season two of True Detective...
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9:31PM on 12/03/2015
I cannot thumbs up this post enough.
I cannot thumbs up this post enough.
8:50PM on 12/03/2015
Had it been renamed to something else other than True Detectives, it will be a hit. But as Season 2 of True Detectives, I was a tad letdown of how Season 2 turned out to be.
Had it been renamed to something else other than True Detectives, it will be a hit. But as Season 2 of True Detectives, I was a tad letdown of how Season 2 turned out to be.
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8:26PM on 12/03/2015
I enjoyed season two and thought Ferrell, and McAdams absolutely stole the show with their performances.
I enjoyed season two and thought Ferrell, and McAdams absolutely stole the show with their performances.
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3:51AM on 12/04/2015
How can you enjoy something so bad lol
How can you enjoy something so bad lol
4:33AM on 12/04/2015
I somewhat agree with you, Soloist. Both Ferrell and McAdams were good. However, I personally think Vince Vaughn stole the show. After loads of his comedic roles, his performance in True Detectives season 2 was just amazing.
I somewhat agree with you, Soloist. Both Ferrell and McAdams were good. However, I personally think Vince Vaughn stole the show. After loads of his comedic roles, his performance in True Detectives season 2 was just amazing.
7:17AM on 12/04/2015
Vaughn was sorely miscast. I could not buy him as menacing nor did I buy his moments of McConaughey inspired quasi-philosophy.
Vaughn was sorely miscast. I could not buy him as menacing nor did I buy his moments of McConaughey inspired quasi-philosophy.
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