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Colin Farrell

The TV we deserve? 'True Detective' season 2 and the age of microcriticism

"My strong suspicion is … we get the world we deserve." This line from the second season of "True Detective" got a lot of play in the many pieces written in anticipation of its debut, and here's hoping it won't turn out to be self-referential. As the fine but far more dutiful early episodes of Season 2 suggest, if we're not careful, we'll get only the television we deserve. No other art form, with the possible exception of professional sports, is as critically deconstructed on a daily basis as television. Opinions seesaw week to week from over-the-top admiration to absolute disgust, and not just in a general way. By making it possible...