Friday, December 18, 2015

TV Show Review: Fargo (Season 2)

One of the best show on television, and that's saying a lot considering the state of television these days. FX has a gem on their hands and I was so pleased to see they continued this show on to a second season. This show, like American Horror Story, takes on an anthology format though it connects to the previous story as a sort of prequel. This story follows a young Lou Solverson at the end of the 70s as the new era of the 80s takes over not only in the country but in crime as well. Lou is played by a brilliant Patrick Wilson who bring leading man flare to anything he appears in. His wife, played by Cristin Milloti is stricken with cancer, hence her not appearing in the first season. His father-in-law is played by the extraordinary Ted Danson. Together they come across a shootout at a diner that leads to the convoluted and deadly events of the show.

Kieran Culkin's Rye Gerhardt kicks it all off and then gets hit by a car driven by Kirsten Dunst's Peggy Blumquist. Her performance is so amazing that though she looks the same as her star turns, I almost didn't recognize her. She is truly astonishing and does a great Midwestern accent. She is a true professional and after all, has been doing big films like Interview with the Vampire since she was a young kid. Her husband is the upcoming Jesses Plemons as Ed Blumquist. His just a simple butcher shop owner who quickly gets in over his head. He reminds of Martin Freeman's character in the first one, just an ordinary guy who gets involved in criminal activity.

The entire Gerhardt family gets involved with great actors like Jeffrey Donovan, Jean Smart, and Angus Sampson. The family dynamics spur from the father being in a coma and the mother struggling to keep control of her unruly boys. The Native American hitman Hanzee Dent (Zahn Mclarnon) is a ruthless villain and a good example of the blind prejudice of this country. Some of the most intense scenes come from their hunt for their missing brother.

The Gerhardt's are also in a war against a rival clan represented by a superb Bokeem Woodbine as Mike Milligan. He is the smooth talking gangster who has twin assassins to help him with his dirty work. His rise is thoroughly entertaining and comes to a hilarious conclusion.

I can't fully describe this show but it is such a great piece of television that it makes me very please to have lived in this day and age of wonderful entertainment. The way the plot spins out of control is genius and Noah Hawley is a great showrunner and creator. I was happy to hear this show will be extended for a third season and look forward to seeing what is done. 

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