One of the biggest surprises of the 2014 television calendar was FX creating a television series based off the hit film Fargo. An anthology series of crime series based along their hit horror version American Horror Story, Fargo takes the black comedy approach that made the Coen Brothers and applies it to a long form story. It’s a brilliant narrative style that adds a darkly humorous approach to a singular narrative.
The second season follows two main storylines. In one Peggy (Kirsten Dunst) and Ed (Jesse Plemons) accidentally kill a guy and cover it up. Unfortunately he’s connected to the biggest crime family in Fargo, North Dakota. The other follow a pair of police officers (Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson) investigating an odd triple murder.
The one thing about the show is that it manages to take that dark comedy aspect behind the film and translate into a long form story-telling manner. That’s the fascinating aspect of this show; it manages to take the Coens style with their film and craft similar camera angles, et al, with the show. This feels like the companion piece to the film it’s meant to be; both the show and the film have the same style, tone and feel to it. It’s exceptional craftmanship that gives it a better feeling than something like adaptations of Minority Report and Limitless have given on network television.
Those feel like someone thought “we could do this as a TV show” and made what they wanted. Noah Hawley and gang have taken the original and said “make it like this” because they’re trying to emulate True Detective and other anthology shows with a limited story as opposed to an ongoing saga. It gives it an advantage over episodic television in that they can do what they want and at the end of it move on to something entirely else. Fargo serves the master of storytelling and we’re all the better for it.
A handful of EPK pieces are the highlights.
20th Century Fox presents Fargo (Season 2). Created by Noah Hawley based off Fargo by Joel & Ethan Coen. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Jesse Plemons, Jean Smart, Ted Danson. Run Time: 533 minutes Not Rated. Released on DVD: 2.23.16
Tags: Coen Brothers, Fargo