Saturday, October 31, 2015

What I’m Watching: Fargo


Fargo: Season 2, Episode 3 “The Myth of Sisyphus” (B+)

While I still contend that this season isn’t quite as mesmerizing as the first, this episode had a few moments that made the hour in a big way. The introduction of Keir O’Donnell’s Ben Schmidt started it all off, as he described the problematic nature of getting involved with the Gerhardt family by suggesting that Lou would be better off confessing to the crime and spending his life in jail than investigating it. Their trip to North Dakota made for a superbly tense scene in which Lou acted like a cop and couldn’t believe that everyone around him didn’t care, emphasizing that, in Minnesota, “When a police officer says talk, you talk.” Lou’s earlier standoff with Mike Milligan and the “Bathroom Brothers” was equally intense, and he’s putting himself right in the crosshairs of two dangerous crime families who will have no qualms about crossing into Minnesota to take care of him. Mike knows how to talk, and to see him flummoxed by Joe going on about hair product was very entertaining. This really is a family business, as Simone’s involvement in trapping poor Skip, whose frequent tie-wearing doesn’t do him any good, showed how much she wants to do bad things, even if Dodd disapproves very much. Betsy suggesting that there was a hit-and-run tied in to the diner shooting got Peggy very spooked, and the ways that she is having Ed cover up what she did are almost certain to get her caught, and not necessarily by the local police who are so polite about being unfriendly.