AQUARIUS has got a little bit of everything -film noir, sex, drugs, old style sexism and racism, mismatched police partners, political corruption subplot, homosexuality subplot, deviant Republicans, Vietnam War subplot, and a pop culture version of Charles Manson as the devil (I use the word "version" because the Manson here looks and sounds nothing like the real Manson. He is less anxious and more cartoonishly devilish/sinister. They've created a character and called him Charles Manson) David Duchovny is a solid leading man. I figure all the bad reviews are due to people expecting another TRUE DETECTIVE but this is more of a police procedural with a historical backdrop. Also neat soundtrack (Although no Beatles - Guess they couldn't get the rights).
Wildest scene - Manson blinding a guy with a straight razor to the tune of Daydream Believer.
Second wildest scene – Duchovny’s LSD trip – Cameo appearance by Adolph Hitler!
Third wildest scene – Manson arranging a gangbang of his mom as revenge for past mistreatment.
If this is picked up for a second season, in addition to resolving the cliffhangers, I’d like to see them frame the ongoing story around another historical event – the RFK assassination. Took place in LA and lends itself to this type of episodic storytelling.