FX has a new TV show on that is…well…interestingly good. We sat to watch the first episode last week of “FARGO” and have to admit it has us hooked! Once you get past the fact that the movie “Fargo” was so good you are left wondering, what can they do with a similar story on the small screen? Well, there are many similarities, which happen to work. In the film, Jerry Lundegaard (played by William H. Macy) is a car salesman desperate for cash. In the show, Lester Nygaard (played by Martin Freeman) is an insurance salesman desperate to forget his lack of accomplishment. The two characters are immediately recognizable as the same person, only in different situations, stuck in Minnesota.
There is dark humor and plenty of quirky bloodshed. Billy Bob Thornton, as Malvo, provides the cool darkness of a systematic Robin Hood killer. He is the spark that gets things going for Lester’s revival, regardless of what good or bad happens. Not a big fan of Colin Hanks other work, but he seems solid in this as a small town Deputy in Duluth, Minnesota. “Breaking Bad’s” Bob Odenkirk, Glenn Howerton of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Oliver Platt, and Kate Walsh of “Private Practice,” among others, appear on the show.
After just the first episode it does make you wish for more of the abnormal things that can happen in the frozen north of a Fargo movie or TV show. And yes, The Coen Brothers are involved in this project. Thankfully!