Fargo: Season one

Fargo is a series created by Noah Hawley based on the 1996 movie, based on the same name. It stars Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thronton, Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks. While the show is based around the 96 movie, it tells a completely different story set within that universe.

Let’s first look at the characters. The series starts with Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thronton) taking one of targets into town and has a chance encounter is Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman). What makes the show great is that a simple act can cause a huge mess. Both characters meet in a hospital waiting room and have a same discussion of how Lester was still being bullied by Sam Hess and starts with a great qoute by Malvo “if that were me I would have killed him” and Lester said “If you are so good why not do it for me?”

After watching the entire season, this brief interaction with these two characters set off the entire events of the season.

The other two leading characters are the cops who are investigating the events; Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks). Who both give outstanding performances. They both also meet because of the circumstances of the case and become a couple during their investigations. Both characters especially Molly has their fair share of development, with Molly being more like her father, who was a former policeman and Gus, who is trying to seek redemption after initially letting Malvo go.

For the plot, it revolves around a series of murders that take place in a small Minnesota town and how if effects everyone in the town, whether they are the killers, the investigators or just bystanders. That is all I will say about plot without giving anything away. This is a very great show, and it did help fill the void after Breaking Bad ended. It also doesn’t feel like a TV show but a 10 hour movie, and that is what I love about this show.

Grade: A+


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