Last night, we welcomed darkness back into our lives. The second season of Nic Pizzolatto's noir-styled anthology True Detective premiered, this time minus Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson but plus a handful of other somewhat against-type actors—Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Tim Riggins Taylor Kitsch. It turns out what Rust Cohle said in Season One really is true: "Time is a flat circle." Although, to that I'd add, "of grim depictions of masculinity."

Between the first season of True Detective ending in March 2014 to now, there's been a drastic shift in the general perception of the show. The gift of time caused people to become disenchanted by the philosophical musings of the show, and allowed Pizzolatto to do one or two too many interviews, so going into this new season—without McConaughey or auteur director Cary Joji Fukunaga—most of us were cautiously excited. This could be amazing, it could bad, or it could be amazingly bad. Either way though it was likely going to inspire passionate reactions.

The jury's still out on which category Season Two falls into, but the latter is confirmed—True Detective had the Complex staff FEELING stuff. Allow us to elaborate...