Colin Farrell

'True Detective' goes darker in Season 2

'True Detective' goes darker in Season 2

If you did not realize how extraordinary the performances of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were in Season 1 of "True Detective" last year, you will after seeing the start of the second season June 21 on HBO.

Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch all deliver acceptable performances as law enforcement officers trying to solve a gruesome murder while surviving their own deadly psychological demons and a deepening swamp of civic corruption in Southern California. Vince Vaughn does even better as a gangster who gets overextended financially when he tries to move into the noncriminal business world.

But as hard as the four might try, their characters...