Wednesday, September 30, 2020

What I’m Watching: Fargo (Season Premiere)

Fargo: Season 4, Episode 1 “Welcome to the Alternate Economy” (B+)

I’ve been anticipating the return of this show for a while now, and didn’t realize that it’s been more than three years since the third season ended. I wasn’t actually too fond of the most recent iteration but thought the first two rounds were very good, and it’s nice to know that this is a completely fresh start with a totally new cast. At first, I thought it was very crowded with the many ethnic families and all their sons and soldiers, but I think we’ll have the opportunity to get to know each of them over the course of the season. There’s also a second episode that aired right after this one that I’ll be reviewing separately. Chris Rock is a great if unexpected choice to lead this season, and having Glynn Turman from “In Treatment” and “How to Get Away with Murder” by his side is superb. Jason Schwartzman is always fun, and he’s been cast in a very fitting role. Ben Whishaw from “A Very English Scandal” is another terrific member of the ensemble as Rabbi Milligan, and the immediate standout to me was Jessie Buckley from “Wild Rose” and “Beast” as the Minnesotan nurse whose bedside manner initially seemed wonderful before it turned deadly. The construction of this show is formidable, and I realized toward the end that I was fully drawn in by the music and the way that it continued to get louder and more intense as things looked less and less calm. Opening with narration was an intriguing choice, and this whole notion of exchanging sons to ensure peace is sure to create plenty of fascinating culture change within all the families. I’m in and ready to go straight into episode two.

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