Sunday, November 22, 2015

What I’m Watching: Fargo

Fargo: Season 2, Episode 6 “Rhinoceros” (B+)

There’s a lot going on right now, and almost all of it involves murders and other people narrowly escaping certain death. All the major characters made it out alive, but it was very close for a handful of them. Mike showing up to riddle the Gerhardt home with bullets while only Simone and Floyd were inside shows that they’re done talking, and that they’re ready to go after the members of the family much more willing to negotiate and even the one sleeping with the enemy. Peggy was one of the most fascinating characters of the episode, so hopelessly in denial about her situation, which prompted a hilariously accurate reading of her from Hank. She did very well managing to get the upper hand and shock Dodd, who nearly beat his own adult brother with a belt just to make a point. I’m worried about what Peggy might do and say with Dodd, and she may get herself into more trouble. Ed was relatively stonefaced, and running from Lou and Hank with Ohanzee following him isn’t going to lead him anywhere good. Both Lou and Hank handled themselves extremely well under pressure, and it’s a good thing considering the threat posed to both of them by the vicious Gerhardt brothers. The MVP of the episode was undoubtedly a superb Nick Offerman as Carl Weathers, who showed up drunk spewing a speech and managed to save the day and a whole station full of sheriffs with a very blunt and compelling appeal to an angry concerned father.

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