Ripped rom the Blog Headlines: True Detective, Season 2
I’ll get back to writing about HSR news tomorrow, but today I couldn’t pass up the news about True Detective Season 2.
No, I’m not kidding. Get ready to hear a lot more about that show on this blog, because it’s going to focus on California high speed rail – and will star Elizabeth Moss as a Monterey County Sheriff:
The Wrap is not only reporting that Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, Top of the Lake) is being considered for the female lead, but that they also have an informative breakdown of the main characters who will try to make us forget all about Rust Cohle and Marty Hart….
Ani Bezzerides (Elisabeth Moss): Monterey sheriff with a troubled past that has led her to a gambling and alcohol addiction….
Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn): The central antagonist. Not a murderer, per se, but a shady businessman and former thug who is trying to use his influence with local politicians to put a railway in place between Northern and Southern California and reap the financial benefits. The California setting and the idea of a businessman using public works for corrupt financial gain calls to mind John Huston’s great villainous character in Chinatown. The idea of Vaughn using his patented charm offensive for nefarious purposes is downright delicious.
Already California pundits are all over the news that True Detective Season 2 will focus on California high speed rail, and surely the haters will love that the story suggests nefarious dealings around a bullet train project linking Northern and Southern California. Of course, it’s entirely fictional, as there’s no evidence at all to suggest there’s anything even remotely corrupt about the real HSR project, which after all bypasses Monterey County entirely.
It won’t be the first time that California HSR was the subject of a TV plotline. In January 2010 Fox launched “Human Target” with a pilot episode focused on a plot to bomb the inaugural California high speed rail train. I wound up liveblogging that episode here at the CA HSR blog as it became more and more evident that the writers had used this site for at least some of their research. I suppose I should go check the visitor logs for this site in recent months!
I will not liveblog True Detective Season 2 episodes, but I will post a recap each week, focusing on what the show says if anything at all about high speed rail in California. Cultural stories can reveal a lot about public attitudes towards a major project, as anyone who’s seen Chinatown or Who Framed Roger Rabbit? knows.