I’ll say it right off the bat: episode three of this third series of Fargo was so good, so head-scratchingly and brilliantly tangential, it helped to breath new life into the series and was easily my favourite episode of the series so far. It was one of those delicious Fargo flights of fancy, a real tangent, and yet it managed to pack in loads of stuff: really interesting philosophical stuff, while being pure procedural. And yet it shouldn’t have worked – or at least, we shouldn’t have cared too much – because it didn’t further the narrative of the tangled web of the Stussy brothers in any way, shape or form. As I said, it should have been a throwaway episode. It so wasn’t.
I’m soon to post my review of last night’s fourth episode of Fargo, but in the US the third series is concluded last night (Wednesday 21st). Even though where we are in the UK it hasn’t hit the heights of previous series, there’s still much to enjoy. The talk is now whether showrunner Noah Hawley – who’s a busy boy these days – can and will commit to a fourth series. This week he came out and said some interesting things.
Last week’s opening episode of the third series of Fargo was another fine piece of storytelling, but, for me, it didn’t quite have the same impact as the openers of series one and two had. Why? It looked great and all those Fargo themes and tropes were present and correct and thrown into the mix straight away – coincidence, chance, action and consequence – but there was a sense of repeating itself. There was also the Ewan McGregor factor, too: I was watching McGregor more than I was watching Emmit and Ray Stussy simply as characters. Thankfully, things settled down a bit in episode two.
Is there anything more comforting than seeing, “THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in xxxx. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred” appear on screen? For two series, Fargo has been one of the real treats on television; taking the Coen brothers’ original tone, darkness and humour and expertly transposing it to a new medium. Series one saw Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton engage in a morality tale of good versus evil, while series two saw two more innocent people get embroiled in things they shouldn’t have been near. And that’s really what Fargo is all about – fate, or if you don’t believe in fate, chance. After the opening episode of series three, it was pretty evident that these themes were about to be explored again.
About bloody time, many of you will be saying. The third series of Fargo – one of my favourite crime dramas – is already half-way through its run in the US, but we have been starved of it here in the UK. Yes, it’s great news that Channel 4 will once again be broadcasting it on these shores but we’ve had a bit of a wait for it to be announced. Now the waiting is over…
What a treat for a grey, drizzly Monday morning (spring my arse) – Fargo has released a batch of new little teasers that warm the heart, raise a chuckle and whet the appetite for the imminent series three. And what delicious little treats they are. Fargo and its home network in the US – FX – do such a fantastic job of producing these little teasers, which are almost like little Fargo episodes in themselves. They show the Fargo world and give us what the show does best by mixing the macabre with the farcical. They’re brilliant, and they’re after the jump.
Not only is it a brilliant series, I just love the way US network FX stokes up publicity for its Coen brothers-influenced series, Fargo. More often than not, it releases the most intriguing and delicious little nugget-trailers. They don’t reveal much, but they’re so exquisitely made they set the mood perfectly. And, in fine Fargo style, FX has released a new teaser – no longer than 30 seconds, it still whets the appetite.