I've always been a fan of the movie Fargo, and was pretty surprised when I heard it was becoming a television show on FXX. Why expand the Fargo universe of all things? Well, it turns out to be an interesting and intensely twisted ride, the likes of Breaking Bad.
The show starts with Billy Bob Thorton getting into a car accident after hitting a deer in the middle of baron, white Minnesota. After the wreck, a man dressed in only his boxers jumps out of his trunk and runs away. If his dark demeanor wasn't enough for you to figure out that Thorton's character was a shady dude, then that probably confirmed it. Thus the mystery of Thorton's character, Lorne Malvo, begins. What's his mission? Who is he working for? I anticipate all of these questions to be answered as the season progresses, because the first episode is simply an introduction to what each character is capable of.
The plot moves on to Martin Freeman, playing the character of Lester Nygaard, a loser insurance salesman who can't seem to get anything right in his life. There were many parallels to the original Fargo film, and Freeman's character very much resembles William H. Macy's character in the 90s classic. Lorne and Lester end up meeting, but I'm not going to spoil what comes of that. Be ready for a dark take on Minnesota and some surprising gore only found in the Fargo universe.
I can't really put a finger on why I like Fargo. The movie as well as the show is depressing and full of completely unsavory characters. We'll get comfortable and begin to like a character and then all the sudden, that character will do something horrible or die in some gruesome way. It has always been described as a dark comedy, meaning that despite murderous events, the hilarious Minnesota accents will provide all the comic relief you need. The world is a charming one, with everyone being extremely polite as they kill each other. Maybe it's revealing of the twisted humor I'm into, or maybe you just can't help but chuckle when a murder is followed by the killer sighing and saying, "Ahhh geeez".
Due to the dark nature of the show, as well as some sex and gore, I can't really recommend this to anyone. If you weren't a fan of the original film, you won't like the show. If you were a fan of the original and all of it's dark charms, then you will probably be a fan of the show. Fargo the television series captures all of the Minnesota-ness of the film, making you feel like you're watching more of the movie. It's interesting for sure, and it's another example of why television seems to be the best way to tell a story nowadays. They also picked an all-star cast to the level of True Detective. I'm excited to see what's in store; this new take on the Fargo universe has opened up a whole new set of characters as well given the audience many unanswered questions. I finally have something to watch on Tuesdays again.