clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Was True Detective season two just a less satisfying Pretty Little Liars? A study

Never trust a pretty detective with an ugly secret

Literally everything that happened on the second season of True Detective was a red herring — something that seemed meaningful but instead, was meaningless. Something that not only appears true of life in general, but also the first five seasons of the hit teen slasher/mystery/counter culture fashion series, Pretty Little Liars.

In fact, the stupidest thing that you can do when starting a new episode of Pretty Little Liars or True Detective is attempt to remember any information from the preceding episode. These are modern noir serials designed to frustrate — the plot is too complex to understand, and if you understood it, it wouldn't be rewarding. When all you remember is the gist — cryptic, threatening text messages; shadowy figures watching each other through windows; ombre hairstyles from 2010 — it's easy for the two inexplicably addicting shows to start to blend together.

TEXTS - pretty little liars

Where did you see that mysterious figure in a bird mask?

PLL - bird mask

true detective - bird mask

When did you watch a very handsome crazy person put on a gas mask for no reason?

PLL - gas mask
Vince - gas mask

What lairs have you been inside?

PLL - lair
true detective lair

The arguments for True Detective being a less satisfying Pretty Little Liars are as follows:

Four people with little-to-nothing in common try to untangle a sprawling conspiracy of which they are the totally nonsensical center. While doing so, they commit crimes.

    PLL - shhh
    TD shh

A person gets blackmailed via text.

There are masks, black hoodies, and large hats, which are interchangeable as far as how well they apparently disguise people.

    PLL - hoodie
    td - hoodie

Some of the conflict is predicated on a flash drive, and who has it and what's on it and whether or not the information therein will end up on "the Cloud."

Eerie folk music.

Sex for no reason.

    ani-ray
    hanna-caleb

Secret doors.

Woefully incomplete examinations of the root of evil.

Woefully incomplete examinations of the purpose of smartphones.

Pretty Little Liars has value as a tracker of nail polish trends and is therefore more satisfying than True Detective.

Who is "A"? Who is the true detective?

That's not the point. The point is who will yell and who will kiss and who will look the prettiest in noir aesthetics.