I watched the much-maligned second season of True Detective on DVD (I got it at the local library) and found it much better than expected. Although I was naturally disappointed that Season 1 director Cary Fukanaga was not aboard and that writer-creator Nic Pizzilatto had scrapped not only his characters but even shifted the setting from Southern Gothic t0 bare-knuckled California noir (I half expected one of the characters to mutter, “Forget it, Jake, it’s only Chinatown.”) I liked the gritty atmosphere, managed to follow the plot (although I hafta say I even made sense out of David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, come to think about it, there were a number of so-called “Lynchian” touches in the overall proceedings) and thought the perfs were, by and large, exemplary.
But that is not the purpose of this post.
Mr. Pizzilatto is known for the obscure references he manages to work into his screenplays (remember those nods to Robert W. Chambers’ “The King in Yellow” in Season 1) and I couldn’t help noticing that the character played by Rachel McAdams is named Ani Bezzerides. A nod to revered pulp noir scribe A.I. Bezzerides? (He wrote the screenplay to 1955’s hard-boiled classic Kiss Me Deadly, among other works.)