Fargo is arguably one the best shows on TV right now. The Coen Brothers set an unattainable standard with their original film in 1996. Yet Season 1 seemed to have no trouble meeting the bar, if not surpassing it. The cult title attracted such names as Billy Bob Thorton, Collin Hanks and Martin Freeman. Every episode felt as if you were gifted a new one hour film and left the audience yearning for more.
So when talks of a Season 2 began to surface, it was hard to believe they could out do themselves. Why you might ask? We’ll True Detective Season 1 for example, was one of the best seasons of any show ever. Then Season 2 came around and.. let’s just say it didn’t meet the same standard. This was not the case with Fargo.
The success of the first season brought an all-star cast to Season 2 with Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Jesse Plemons, Ted Danson, Jean Smart, Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin, Jeffrey Donovan and one of the most killed off actors in film history, Bokeem Woodbine (15 onscreen deaths). My personal favorite so far is the talented Kirsten Dunst. She’s come a long way since her cheerleading days in Bring it on. I have to say I questioned that casting choice originally, but man was I wrong. Dunst plays the part so well, I find that I have to constantly remind myself who I am watching.
As we all know, a series isn’t made with an amazing cast alone. Though the modern adaptation wasn’t written by The Coen Brothers, it is written by an equally talented man named Noah Hawley. The dialogue is truly top notch. He finds that sweet spot between courteous and murderous and drives that excruciating tension we’ve all come to love.
What really makes this season unique is the editing. Their use of of split screen and magnification, tells the story in a way that hasn’t been done before. They are able to divulge so much information in such a short amount of time, without it feeling spoon fed. It’s rare to hear a critic talk about editing, because if an editor does their job, there isn’t much to talk about. When it comes to Season 2, it’s absolutely worth noting.
I’m not here to spoil the series for you. I’m here to spark your intrigue and encourage you to watch it. After all, we are only a few episodes in and already Fargo Season 2 is filled with murder, mystery and polite conversation. If you are a fan of the genre, tune in to FX on Monday nights. You won’t regret it.
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