Friday, December 4, 2015

What I’m Watching: Fargo

Fargo: Season 2, Episode 8 “Loplop” (B+)

Now this is a solid example of how you tackle one storyline separately from the rest of the show and then merge it back together with the rest of events as they’ve been previously been portrayed. All we saw of Peggy and Ed in last week’s episode was Ed making a call at the end of the hour to Mike to tell him that he had Dodd after the Gerhardt family had ignored a call from a man claiming to know where he was multiple times. This episode showcased a whole lot of crazy on the part of Peggy, who found a way to actualize which involved stabbing her unruly guest in the chest twice because he wasn’t being polite. Dodd did do a magnificent job of saying and doing all the wrong things in response, but all he needed to break free was a bit of melodrama on the television to distract Peggy for a few minutes. Things looked rough for a few minutes there with Ed hanging from the ceiling, but Peggy managed to make quite a point to contradict Dodd’s assertions about the uselessness of women. The big focus in this episode was on Hanzee, played by Zahn McClarnon, an actor I like a lot from his recurring role as a Native American cop on “Longmire.” His response to racial slurs from random people in Minnesota and from the man he was supposed to save was unapologetically finite and violent, and it turns out all he wanted was a haircut. Lou and Hank may have found who they were looking for, but I’m not sure what having the clueless Blumquists in custody is really going to do for the state of affairs in Laverne.

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