To be fair, there are some TD2 defenders out there -- fans who claim to have liked the plot, characters, tone and finale resolution, with some arguing that the haters were just too dumb to follow along or forgot that Season 1 was also pretentious and incomprehensible. But some of defenders just seem to want to pride themselves on swimming against the stream, while some of the critics just seem to want to pride themselves on coming up with clever insults.
Either way, the result was an onslaught of (sometimes hilarious) opinions during the finale's airing. #TrueDetectiveSeason2 was trending through the final episode, and here are some of the less-than-loving tweets it faced:
#TrueDetectiveSeason2 spoiler: Vince Vaughn wakes up on Bob Newhart's couch and describes dream of awkward acting with convoluted script.
— gary georgevich (@garygeorgevich) August 10, 2015
If #TrueDetectiveSeason2 had information bubbles like Pop-Up Video, I would understand things better.
— Kenya Brock (@TheKenyaBrock) August 10, 2015
Acting cue from director to actors "Look more constipated! I need to FEEL THE BLOCKAGE." #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— Clarence Moye (@chmoye) August 10, 2015
At minute 19, Ani utters the finale's first words that WEREN'T spoken in a hushed whisper. #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) August 10, 2015
I'd like to think that I am of above average intelligence but I have no idea who 80% of the people on the show are. #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— Michelle Burnett (@muhdee2009) August 10, 2015
An hour left and I desperately want this to be over. What a freaking disaster this has been. #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— Robert MacFarlane (@koook160) August 10, 2015
— Yolanda (@RedHawkins) August 10, 2015
So is watching #TrueDetectiveSeason2 what it feels like to have adult ADHD?
— saywha (@oinkoint22) August 10, 2015
— Marcail M W (@MarcailM) August 10, 2015
In 20 years, kids will smoke weed and watch #TrueDetectiveSeason2 with volume off, and Dark Side of the Moon on. And it will all make sense.
— Grubhouse (@GrubhousePhilly) August 10, 2015
— Staci (@stacietue) August 10, 2015
Is this 90 minutes because of the depressing music and pouty staring scenes? #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— Michelle Burnett (@muhdee2009) August 10, 2015
*needs more brooding* #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— Jonathan K Dick (@Jonathan_K_Dick) August 10, 2015
— Kevin Hall (@skhall) August 10, 2015
I LOVE COMPLAINING ABOUT #TRUEDETECTIVESEASON2! I COULD HAVE JUST STOPPED WATCHING BUT MY COMPLAINTS BRING SO MUCH VALUE TO THE INTERNET
— Every Tweet Ever (@EveryTweet_Ever) August 10, 2015
— Trace™ (@Dr_Pompeooooooo) August 10, 2015
It's hard to watch 2 characters who had ZERO emotions for an entire season suddenly have emotions, like WTF #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— Eric Reed (@FauxRealER) August 10, 2015
Too much time filming the streets from a helicopter; not enough time making a comprehensible plot with good dialogue. #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— Phillip Scott (@phillipscott) August 10, 2015
When you are still Googling character names during a show's finale; Not a sign of TV Epicness. #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— DebKel (@DebKel01) August 10, 2015
This probably isn't supposed to be kinda funny, right? #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— Gene (@handbanana888) August 10, 2015
Frank's slow journey to death across the desert is kind of a good metaphor for how I feel about watching #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— rcohen (@rcohen) August 10, 2015
I wanted to like #TrueDetectiveSeason2, I really did.
— Kel (@RAnkney) August 10, 2015
CLICHE OVERLOAD! GET YOUR FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES TO HIGHER GROUND WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME! #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— Phil K. (@clipper377) August 10, 2015
Thank you HBO for disappointing me. I tried..I really tried. Great actors terrible story. #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— Henry Clay Middleton (@HClayMiddleton) August 10, 2015
This bleakness just feels so unearned, y'all. #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— J. Bradley (@iheartfailure) August 10, 2015
— Andre Saint-Albin (@AndreSaintAlbin) August 10, 2015
Ani: We deserve a better world Me: We deserve a better season #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— Indominus Jose (@JoseSalvadorIII) August 10, 2015
I was really hoping this finale would redeem this season. It did not. #TrueDetectiveSeason2
— David Cochrane (@CochraneCBCNL) August 10, 2015
I guess it's only fitting #TrueDetectiveSeason2 ends on a ponderous, boring note.
— Adam Klein (@stellamydog) August 10, 2015
#TrueDetectiveSeason2 - one of the most ridiculous and unsatisfying finales I've ever seen.
— Asta77 (@Asta77) August 10, 2015
#TrueDetectiveSeason2 should have been a two part mini-series. There was a solid 6 hours you could have cut out
— Brendan Clancy (@BrendanClancy) August 10, 2015
— Roth Cornet (@RothCornet) August 10, 2015
Yikes. Here, at least, is one satisfied viewer:
I have a confession: I love #TrueDetectiveSeason2 and its conspiracy that was clearly written using Mad Libs through a game of telephone.
— Zeke Pinheiro (@Zeke_Pinheiro) August 10, 2015
That's probably the best it's going to get -- for now. This show may make perfect sense when binge-watched from start to finish or with the benefits of time and low expectations. Maybe it'll even end up a cult classic. What did you think of TD2, and do you hope they try again with Season 3?
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