I have not been very subtle in my attempts to lure you people aware from the dying genre of reality TV and on to something different. Much like never wanting to be the last one to leave a party, we don’t want to be the last ones to move on from reality TV now that it seems to be jumping the shark and turning into nothing more than shows produced by men, designed to get women to act a fool on national television for money. I think we are all becoming bored with that. So here is another show to consider. Despite claims at the beginning of the show (and the movie that preceded it) that it is based on a true story, it is pure fiction straight from the creative imagination of the Coen Brothers. In a lovely change of pace, it’s the men on this show that do stupid things and the women, particularly one female cop, who try to save the day.
Fargo is a show about a drifter named Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) who arrives in small-town Minnesota and brings with him a sack full of evil and malicious intent resulting in a series of murders. Upon his arrival Malvo crosses paths with an insurance salesman, Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman). Lester has a had a bit of a rough life. He has lived in the same small town where he was bullied throughout high school and his life has not improved as an adult. In the opening episode his bully and the bully’s two idiot sons harass him, he seems to be performing poorly at work, and his wife hen-pecks him to death about a broken washing machine. Malvo arrives as both his savior and his demise killing his bully and dragging him into a series of murders.
Fargo is the polar opposite of Scandal. The speech is excruciatingly slow at times. The entire pace of the show glacial. I should probably admit here that if I ever watched the cult classic movie, Fargo, I don’t recall it. The series is a dark comedy full of hilarious juxtapositions. The heavy Minnesota-accented swear words like, “oh heck!” and “gee whiz” clash together with brutal murders with blunt objects. The show manages to be funny and disturbing all at once.
Malvo is a murderer with a sense of humor. When he tries to check into a hotel in town the receptionist berates him with questions about pets and such before quoting a price. Malvo’s sarcastic wit appears when he asked if there would be a pet fee if his pet was a fish, or some bacteria. Perhaps you had to be there. Malvo is equally funny and a bit more frightening when trying to pick up a package at the post office in episode 2. After a bit of an altercation, the post office guy finds his package and says, “This is highly irregular.” Malvo says, “”No, highly irregular is the time I found a human foot in a toaster oven. This is just odd.” When Malvo opens the package, he finds a book and a wallet with a new ID for him. Malvo remarks, “I’m a minister apparently.” Then he turns to the postal guy and says, “You have a blessed day.”
Yep, nothing about Malvo should get the town talking.
The movie Fargo, it seems, was responsible for the whole “death by wood chipper” humor that continues to used when conversing with idiots on the Internet. I mean who hasn’t suggested some troll or Apollo Nida supporter needs to be thrown in the wood chipper? We haven’t seen a wood chipper yet, but we have had four deaths in the first episode. A screwdriver to the back of the head, death by freezing in nothing but one’s underpants, death by hammer and of course the more traditional blowing out of the brains with a shotgun. At the end of the second episode, a live body is discarded by drilling a large whole in the frozen lake and dropping it in head first. Easy peasy.
I was just watching episode two and having computer issues at the same time. Who got thrown in the frozen lake to die at the end? Are any of you watching this? Anyone willing to give it a shot?
Fargo comes on FX on Tuesdays at 9pm (with frequent repeats).