True Detective Premiere Recap: I Was Not Caught, Though Many Tried

TVLine

Remember when being a TV cop meant being a cool badass instead of being an emotionally frayed burlap sack of misery?

It’s not hard to imagine Officer Frank Poncherello shaking his head in shame at True Detective‘s men and women of California law enforcement, so woeful are their backstories, so apparent is their sadness. The Season 2 opener does little more than introduce these featured cops and tee up the crime that kicks off their shared narrative — and that’s compelling enough to make you want to come back next week — but oof, is it tough to witness so much unhappiness.

In a moment, we’ll want to get your take on the HBO series’ premiere. But first, a quick rundown of this season’s main players and the murder that ties them all together:

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