Critic Consensus: Strong performances by the season two True Detective cast make for a compelling hour of television, even when the story takes a little too long to get going.
as Frank Semyon
as Ray Velcoro
as Ani Bezzerides
as Kevin Burris
as Floyd Heschmeyer
as Eliot Bezzerides
as Paul Woodrugh
as Teague Dixon
as Steve Mercer
as Blake Churchman
as Veronica Chessani
as Lacey Lindel
as Aspen Conroy
as Danielle Delvayo
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Critic reviews for The Western Book of the Dead
I feel like we're we're way out of our pseudo-intellectual depths with this one. Or wait, maybe this is just the wading pool for babies and I can't tell because I'm too distracted by that chick floating in a bowl of milk.
So far, Season 2 is as deliciously moody as its predecessor, but also seems faster-paced and more deliberate.
I can pay no higher compliment to Farrell than to say his performance is so captivating that it pushes aside all conversation of likability.
"The Western Book of the Dead" is far from a perfect episode of television, but it also shouldn't scare off any viewers who didn't expect lightning to strike twice.
"The Western Book of the Dead" isn't an incredibly strong episode, but it is a rather solid introduction to the dark and grimy world of Season 2 - and it firmly establishes itself as independent from its predecessor in the process.
I don't want every recap to boil down to "Season one was better", but at the same time I think that the anthology format invites the compare-and-contrast approach. So, fair warning, I'm probably going to be doing a lot more of it in future recaps.
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