Sunday, November 1, 2015

"Fargo", Season Two

We are now three episodes into the second season of the FX Network's "Fargo". Based on the Coen Brothers' fabulous 1996 movie, last season's series might well have been the best show on television. The second season started a little slower, but three episodes in, I am hooked for the duration.

This season takes place in 1979 and some of the characters from last season, which took place in 2004, are in this one as well, although as their much younger selves, and by the way, the non-linear method of the telling of theses stories only contribute to the quirkiness of the series, and helps to make it so good.

In this season, a shocking crime takes place in a Luverne, Minnesota Waffle Hut.  The crime is investigated by the local sheriff, played by Ted Danson, and his Minnesota State Trooper Lou Solverson, played by Patrick Wilson.  A local housewife (Kirsten Dunst) unwittingly gets involved in the crime because of some very poor decision making by her and her husband.  A crime family headed by Jean Smart headquartered in Fargo, ND, gets involved, as does representatives of a Mafia Family out of Kansas City.  

I know, it sounds complicated, but stick with it and you will be drawn into it quickly.  The series has all the hallmarks of the movie and the first season - the funny accents, the shocking amount of violence and the nonchalant attitude towards it, as well as the quirky characters.  Oh, and if you have fond memories of the wood chipper from the movie, you will be drawn to the role played by, so far, a butcher's shop meat grinder and a truckload of hot asphalt in this current season.

"Fargo" is not for the squeamish, but it is an incredibly well done a well presented television show. I highly recommend it.

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