True Detective (2014– )
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The Western Book of the Dead 

A bizarre murder brings together three police officers and a career criminal in the corrupt city of Vinci, California.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Detective Ray Velcoro
... Detective Ani Bezzerides
... Officer Paul Woodrugh
... Jordan Semyon
... Frank Semyon
... Mayor Austin Chessani
... Eliot Bezzerides
... Blake Churchman
... Nails
... Stan
... Ivar
... Osip Agronov
... Athena Bezzerides
... Detective Teague Dixon
... Police Chief Holloway


Det. Ray Velcoro works for the city of Vinci, California and has been on a downward spiral for years. He's divorced, drinks too much and has a violent temper. He's also in the pocket of local gangster Frank Semyon who years before provided the identity of the man who raped Velcoro's wife. He does odd jobs for Semyon, such as beating up a reporter who recently wrote a series on organized crime. Velcoro latest case is to locate City Manager Ben Caspere who hasn't been seen for several days. Sheriff's Det. Ani Bezzerides is good at her job but is estranged from her sister Athena - who does live cam porn - and her father who is now a new age guru of sorts. California Highway Patrolman Paul Woodrugh learns that he's been put on administrative leave after a young woman falsely claims he solicited sex to let her go free. These three police officers come together late one night when a man is found sitting on a park bench, dead. Written by garykmcd

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21 June 2015 (USA)  »

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Pizzalatto based the fictional city of Vinci on the real-life city of Vernon, a city a few miles south of downtown LA, also known for its corruption and environmental pollution. See more »


California has a mandatory helmet law, Officer Paul Woodrugh would he operating his motorcycle illegally. See more »


Singer: This is my least favorite life The one where you fly and I don't A kiss holds a million deceits And a lifetime goes up in smoke This is my least favorite you Who floats far above earth and stone The nights that I twist on the rack Is the time that I feel most at home We're wandering in the shade And the rustle of fallen leaves A bird on the edge of a blade Lost now forever, my love, in a sweet memory The station pulls away from the train The blue pulls away from the sky The whisper of two ...
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All the Gold in California
Performed by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
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True Detective is back.
22 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

I believe first we should all agree, living up to the legendary first season is not an easy task. Season 1 was a completely original form of TV with exceptional acting and over the top screen writing. It is still very early to compare the two seasons, specially since this is an entirely new setting and story.

We were introduced to a few strong characters in this episodes that need time to grow on us and replace the two beloved detectives from season 1. The creators' unique approach to film making is back for another season. Strong acting from top class actors is most definitely back as well. Same as the first season, these actors are not TV starts but veteran Hollywood movie starts with a lot of potential for the episodes to come.

The story hasn't completely formed yet but the climactic ending promises very interesting interactions between the main characters which are mostly anti-heroes (another resemblance to the first season). We needed to see character development before diving into the mystery and I believe the writers used the first episode to do just that.

Again, it's too early to judge the show but we must keep in mind that unlike other TV series which need to prolong the same old story over and over again to sign for another season, True Detective's format allows the writers to end a story when they should and develop a fresh story for the new season.

I think with this brilliant casting and the creators' vision, we will experience an above average season worst case scenario. But I sincerely hope they can live up to the expectations and the hype and deliver us another true masterpiece.

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