Stop everything. Honestly, stop everything. Do you remember last year when US network FX issued a set of beautiful little trailers in the lead-up to the first series of Fargo? Although they didn’t reveal too much in terms of plot they revealed a heck of a lot about tone. They were quirky, amusing and artfully shot… everything that a Coen brothers movie is, in fact. That little batch of trailers told us everything we needed to know about what Fargo would be – interesting, terrifying, funny and brilliant. Looks like series two is going to be the same.
Lest we forget, series two will take place in the late 1970s, and stars Patrick Wilson as a younger version of Lou Solverson (who appeared in series one, played by Keith Carradine). Ted Danson, meanwhile, will play Hank Larsson, a World War II vet, the Sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota and Lou’s father-in-law. Kirsten Dunst plays Peggy Blomquist who, a small town beautician with big city dreams who’s trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with traditional “societal expectations”.
They both appear in the excellent little nuggets, titled Curl Up ‘N Dye and Break Time’s Over respectively.
Dunst’s character seems the most interesting in this initial salvo of trailers. She’s washing her hands of what looks like blood, 1970s curls cascading down her worried and knowing face. The scene then pans out into an innocuous-looking small-town hairdressing salon. The red liquid was hair dye, but Peggy Blomquist’s expression remains the same.
Again, this shortest of short scenes showcases Noah Hawley’s sleight of hand – showing us one thing and then another.
Also, the trailers reveal the US transmission date: September. Let’s hope Channel 4 get broadcasting soon after here in the UK.
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