And so the True Detective wheel continues to turn. As the series develops (it’s almost over in the US, and we’re still developmental stage over here with episode two set to air this weekend), reviews, praise, counter-argument, negative reviews and rumours all help to keep this excellent new crime drama in the forefront of the global TV audience’s consciousness. We’ve had the praise, we’ve had the counter-argument and negative reviews, and now, today, we have a rumour. And it’s a pretty interesting one at that.
As we discussed yesterday, there are many who think that True Detective is just macho, pretentious tosh, featuring as it does two middle-aged men in turmoil as they investigate a brutal, ritualistic murder. The argument that the female characters in the show have either been murdered horribly or are just there to take part in gratuitous sex scenes is a compelling one. In fact, since yesterday we’ve seen more women speak out about the show. Most seem to be saying they enjoy the drama but don’t enjoy the way women are portrayed.
According to this article, a young Australian woman took to Twitter yesterday to address writer Nic Pizzolatto, and crystallised what many were thinking:
Hey @nicpizzolatto if True Detective looked at feminine characters with the same lens as masculine, it would be PERFECT & MIND-BLOWING.
Pizzolatto had the grace to reply, defending the show as best he could in 140 characters. But check out those last two words at the end of his tweet:
@friggenawesome One of the detriments of only having two POV characters, both men (a structural necessity). Next season…
Next season. Pizzolatto quickly deleted his tweet, but he’s given enough of a teaser to speculate wildly with those two words (which is fun, right?). Does this mean that series two of True Detective will feature female detectives? Has Pizzolatto been reading some of the discussions on the internet and decided to do something about it? We’ve had some powerful female characters in crime drama recently, so we’re pretty excited about the prospect of series two of True Detective could – and it’s a big could at this stage – feature more prominent female characters.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. Let’s enjoy this first series and then really speculate about the next series when the time is right.
In other TD news, acclaimed director Cary Fukanaga has successfully pitched an idea to US network Fox, which probably means he won’t be in the mix for series two of True Detective.
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