By Niall McArdle
Obsessive fans of True Detective are gearing up for the second season of the sombre detective drama, which isn’t anywhere near close to ready, but which has generated a shed-load of buzz amid speculation as to what it will be all about, who will be in it , and whether it will be as good as the Harrelson-McConaughey combo.
News today that Castleknock’s favourite son Colin Farrell is close to securing one of the FOUR leads. Taylor Kitsch is also close to being cast, and Brad Pitt’s name has been bandied about for the past several weeks.
The report also mentions that the show will be set in California and is about “hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” The last bit is a joke, surely, or is it? Perhaps it refers to the famed Route 66. Was there a conspiracy afoot around the enacting of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956? Or maybe it’s a sly, bizarre reference to the battle between the rival postal services The Trystero and Thurn und Taxis in Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49?
Speaking of macho bullshit, here’s the marvellously cheesy cover of the bootleg DVD of the series, which surfaced on the internet a couple of weeks ago.
If the bit about “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system” is sincere, you may never look at Greyhound, Amtrak, or the UPS guy the same way again.