Lyrical Lines from True Detective's Collin Farrell / Ray Velcoro: Episode 1 "The Western Book of the Dead"
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:41:13
So many of the main character's lines could be song lyrics, but we chose the top 5 this week...
Last night (June 21), True Detective returned for its second season. To say that it was "much anticipated" could be the grossest understatement of the century. This is the summer's bona fide biggest cultural event. Season one made "The Yellow King" and "Carcosa" part of the Lexicon and sealed the deal for Matthew McConaughey winning an Academy Award. Let's face it, Dallas Buyer's Club was great, but way more people are walking around quoting Rust Cohle!
It also gave us a milestone performance from Woody Harrelson and made Nic Pizzolatto the voice of this generation—straight up. That brings us to Season 2 starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch collectively on the trail of another murder this time in Sunny Southern California instead of swampy Louisiana. Watching it unfold is the fun, so we won't reveal much plot, though we do highly recommend you watch. This installment is on par with the brilliance of the first season, making it the best show on television. It's also consequentially the most lyrical program on the air.
In the season opener "The Western Book of the Dead" so many of the lines from Detective Ray Velcoro could be song lyrics. Colin Farrell even delivers them with an artful cadence and rhythm, making them stand out especially melodically. So, we decided to countdown the Top 5 Most Lyrical Lines from Episode 1 as part of this weekly feature.
Top 5 Lyrical Lines from Ray Velcoro
5. "You're 12-years-old, and you're already evil as f**k," says Velcoro to his son's bully. This is a pivotal scene in the first episode. It's also a funny, sharp line that wouldn't be out of place in a Nick Cave or Dax Riggs tune. You could hear that sung in a gravelly voice over a bluesy acoustic guitar very easily.
4. "I used to wanna be an astronaut. But astronauts don't even go to the moon anymore," Velcoro holds back tears. This visual wouldn't be out of place in a song by A Great Big World. Think of a somber, yet poppy piano ballad with some theatricality to it. You could easily hear this resounding from one of the stages at Coachella or Lollapalooza while throngs of hipster girls on ecstasy croon along.