Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What I’m Watching: Fargo

Fargo: Season 3, Episode 7 “The Law of Inevitability” (B)

This was a strong episode in many ways, but I still don’t think it holds a candle to the show’s first season or even the second. I’m constantly waiting to find out what deeper meaning there’s going to be in any of the plotlines, and it’s just not there. There’s a theme in this show throughout all of its seasons, stemming from the original film, that once someone does something bad, it’s hard to do anything but continue to go down that road. Emmit is this season’s example of that, ready to go down the rabbit hole of continued lies, spinning one the moment he saw a police uniform. Sy’s loyalty to him is impressive, and of course the paranoid surviving twin thinks that there’s something strange about that and he’s starting to turn on him. I don’t know how the widow Goldfarb factors into this, but I also remember that Kate Walsh was relatively underused in season one after a very strong initial appearance. What’s irritating and continues to hold back this season from greatness is the incessant insistence on not listening to anything that the intrepid police duo led by Gloria has to say. Nikki nearly got herself killed by a man dressed as a police officer and Gloria got blamed for the whole thing even though she saved her life. Obviously she’s enough of a threat to take down an entire prison transport, and while her fate isn’t yet sealed, I do hope that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the terrific Mary Elizabeth Winstead on this show.

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