Saturday, October 17, 2015

What I’m Watching: Fargo (Season Premiere)

Fargo: Season 2, Episode 1 “Waiting for Dutch” (B+)

This show’s first season was probably the best thing I saw on television last year, and I couldn’t be more excited to have the show back. Fortunately, this premiere was much better than “True Detective” (which wasn’t even that bad, for the record), and it’s great to see that this season is likely to be just as intriguing as season one. This is much more of a departure than season one was from the film since it’s set in the past, but it’s good see that this show hasn’t lost its signature vibe. Additionally, the crimes committed are different in specifics than they were thirty years later, but their nature is still the same. I was floored by the talent I saw show up in this episode, counting a staggering twelve familiar faces. Kieran Culkin, Jeffrey Donovan, Michael Hogan, Jean Smart, and Zahn McClarnon were the members of the criminal syndicate, two of whom are still alive and sure to have a major role in the season. Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Cristin Milioti, and Nick Offerman are on the side of law enforcement (and politics) in Minnesota while Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst are now an unwilling criminal element thanks to Dunst’s Peggy and how she handled hitting a man with her car. And then there was Brad Garrett as another player gunning for the Gerhardt family. The best part of this episode was Ann Cusack’s performance as the judge who skewered Rye and would have come out ahead had it not been for Rye’s decision to shoot her. This is sure to be a great season, and I’m very intrigued to see where it will go.

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