Just finished it up. Read the comments here and I think it's safe to say the general consensus is less than favorable.
I wonder if all the disappointment for S-2 would have been tempered if everybody weren't consciously comparing it to S-1. The plot in S-1 was just as byzantine and difficult to follow. But it did have that wonderful performance by the two leads. We cared about what happened to them. These guys? Not so much. And it may be a long time before Vince Vaughn is offered another dramatic role.
In the end, the personal failings of Paul, Ray, and Frank ended up getting them killed. Paul was mired in the closet and his determination to stay there led him into an ambush, which he probably suspected (Ray certainly did). It was almost like he had a death wish. Ray had to get one more look at his son, and that got him
killed. And Frank just couldn't stop avenging his little injustices. At least if he lost the suit, he might have had a fighting chance to make it out of the desert alive (but probably not). But then he'd have been broke, so back to square 1. He'd come too far for that, and had already made his peace.
In the end, only Bezzerides survived, along with Jordan and a new baby which, I suppose, was intended to symbolize "hope" or something. That not all the bad guys got their just desserts is uncomfortably similar to real life, and seems to be a recurring theme with Pizzolatto.
Overall rating: meh.
Still, it would have been a passable modern noir had S-1 not made such an big impression. I'm really glad I saw S-1. MM's performance was unique and mesmerizing and the single-take ranch house chase scene was worth the price of admission. But I really could have done without S-2. I doubt I'll remember a single thing about it in another week or so.
I gave up on 'American Horror Story' because they just couldn't seem to keep the quality up in the anthology format and each season has been more ridiculous than the previous. Hope 'True Detective' doesn't follow the same trajectory
, as Ray might say in one of his many moments of reflection.