Looking for reviews of the ‘True Detective’ season two finale? Case closed

Well, that was definitely an episode of a television program, huh?

The second season of HBO’s “True Detective” has puzzled, frustrated and disappointed fans and critics alike, and the consensus seems to be that the show hasn’t lived up to the first season’s promise. (A lack of McConaughey will do that.)

In this image released by HBO, Colin Farrell portrays Detective Ray Velcoro in the second season of the HBO original series "True Detective." (Lacey Terrell/HBO via AP)
In this image released by HBO, Colin Farrell portrays Detective Ray Velcoro in the second season of the HBO original series “True Detective.” (Lacey Terrell/HBO via AP)

Want to know what was up with the crow mask? Want to know if Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams solved the show’s big whodunnit? Want to know if everything ended as bleakly as you had hoped? Read some of the web’s best recaps and reviews of the season finale, “Omega Station.” SPOILERS, y’all.

  • A.V. Club: “Loss, redemption, retribution, atonement, just desserts: These ideas are the heart of the episode.”
  • Daily Beast: “… Nic Pizzolatto’s heavy-handed exploration of mayhem and masculinity was doomed from the start—both by the lofty expectations established in the wake of its tremendous first season, and the ensuing backlash spearheaded by The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum, who’d branded the first go-around shallow and anti-feminist. But more on that later.”
  • Grantland: “It was essentially about four people who were swallowed up by the world. They were neglected, abandoned, or abused children; kids whose only crime was being born.”
  • The Guardian: “And so, in the end, like Frank Semyon in the desert, or Ray Velcoro in the forest, True Detective season two departed on its own terms, unapologetically.”
  • io9: “We finally learn who killed Caspere … but the reveal is so anticlimactic amid the limp to the end, it only emphasizes how insanely overlong 90 minutes can feel.”
  • L.A. Times: “Maybe the unpunished will meet their rightful fates after all.”
  • New York Times: “The second season of “True Detective” ended on Sunday with its strongest episode, by a pretty fair margin, as the sprawling murder mystery and much of the tangential chicanery was wrapped up in reasonably satisfying, if not all that surprising, fashion.”
  • Rolling Stone: “‘Omega Station,’ the eighth and final installment of TD 2.0, could not have more effectively shut down the show’s progress if it dressed up like a cholo, drove it out to the desert, stabbed it, and left if for dead.”
  • Uproxx: “As it turns out, ‘beyond ridiculous’ is a fairly good way to describe the True Detective finale, ‘Omega Station.'”
  • Vanity Fair: “… why did the show’s strongest player and truest detective spend most of her time in the finale on the bench?”
  • Vox: “After seeing all eight and a half hours of True Detective, season two, I think it’s fair to peg the entirety of the story somewhere between ‘massively disappointing’ and ‘unmitigated disaster.'”
  • Vulture: “Tonally, the finale felt like an ’80s action film — a shootout at a train station, a shootout in the woods, telling your woman you’ll see her very soon (dying soon after that), and those women living under aliases in Venezuela.”
  • Washington Post: “Perhaps the most touching, even genuinely moving, part of the finale of this second season of ‘True Detective’ was the long opening sequence, when Ani and Ray confessed their secrets to each other after they’d sought solace in sex.”
  • Wired: “But after this year’s slog, the revelation of a movie-length finale landed with a thud—if anything, most people would have preferred a merciful 30-minute finale over any more of this.”

Author: Eric Webb

Eric Webb is a web producer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360. He blogs about Austin culture, pop culture and anything that lives on the Internet.

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