Fargo: S1

fargo s1aTook two tries for me to get hooked on the FX television series, Fargo. First I watched one episode and gave it a 2 out of 5 for gratuitous violence. Then I gave Fargo a second chance and boy am I’m glad I did. You betcha. There are homages to all the Coen Brothers’ films yet the story in this first season remains fresh. Billy Bob Thorton is creepy and eventually you get used to the hair and then he changes it anyway, so I stopped worrying about that. Fargo is shot like a film – lots of towering establishment shots, beautiful close-ups ala the Coens. The series films in Alberta which gives the bitter winter the authenticity it deserves. Outstanding cast including Billy Bob, Allison Tolman (Molly is hands-down my favorite character), Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks (who knew?), Bob Odenkirk, Keith Carradine, Joey King, Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. The ten-episode story arc simmers in most places – purposefully and then those gotcha moments happen that make you jump. Looking forward to season 2. And now I want to revisit Marge. 4 out of 5 for the series Fargo.

1/21/2017: Revisited the folks from Fargo (and Bemidgi) once again. Under the weather today and binged through the remainder of the first season I began this past week. Still love Molly played by Allison Tolman. Honorable mentions to Kate Walsh, Bob Odenkirk, Keith Carradine, and the two young actors who play Kate’s boys, Atticus Mitchell and Liam Green. A lot of violence that’s hard to stomach, but the writing, acting, directing, and cinematography make it worth the nausea.

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2 Responses to “Fargo: S1”

  1. thejewels18 Says:

    Love Fargo…what madness! Loved it and all the crazy characters juxtaposed against the harsh winter and solidly naive culture. Wait until you see Season 2, even better. Some of the best lines on TV ever, Hon.

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