A lot of people hated season 2. But I actually liked the ambiance a ton (the show 'felt' right), and three of the four main cast were damned good. My estimation of Colin Farrell just shot way up -- and I had no idea Rachel McAdams ("mean Girls") was such a good actor, I haven't watched anything she has been in.
Two major problems:
1. Way too much extraneous detail with no sense of what anyone was doing or who anyone was. I think real police investigations are actually like this, but it's hard to create dramatic momentum when the show just feels like a big bowl of spaghetti thrown all across the room. It turns out that the culprits of the central mystery (which they barely spend any time on) are
realistic? Yes. Dramatically interesting? no.two characters who only have about 5 minutes of airtime previously and who you probably won't even recall by the end of the series.
2. Frank Semyon needed to either be recast or the character needed different lines / rewritten to fit the actor. Vince Vaughn was incapable of convincingly playing that part / speaking those lines as written and he got so much storyline that it threatened to sink the rest of the show. he did better in scenes where he was taking action, versus having to utter lots of stuff that only sounds convincing out of the mouth of Matthew McConaughey or someone of that caliber.
Highlight: Episode 4 shootout; Episode 6 sex party
What's interesting is that, despite how much of a mess it was, it still lingers. The ambiance and "feeling" of the show was still pretty decent. And I liked how Nic tried to do something different with Season 2 versus Season 1.