Fargo: Year Two

| March 1, 2016

In the 1950’s, the American film industry was frightened to their very core. No, it wasn’t from the looming possibility of Communist takeover. The fear was over the newfangled invention known as the television. Television, or TV, was a device that allowed people the luxury of watching moving images from the comfort of their homes. Plus, television was free. To combat television, movie studios created the epic, a movie vast in scope and length that could only be properly viewed on a large movie screen.
In the 2010’s, the studios should once again be worried about television. HBO’s Game of Thrones and AMC’s Breaking Bad are 2 examples of television shows that are better written, acted, and directed than the majority of major motion pictures released in the modern era of movies. Another such shining example of television superiority is the FX series Fargo: Year Two.

Fargo: Year Two is set in 1979 in the towns of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota. A war is looming between a mob syndicate out of Kansas City and the crime family they hope to usurp, the Fargo based Gerhardt family. And right in the center of it all is a Vietnam vet/State Police Officer who had expected to leave the nightmare of war behind him and begin to lead a nice, normal life. Unfortunately, a murder at a local Waffle Hut changed all of that for good.

This is television done right. Noah Hawley (writer & showrunner) brilliantly converges a number of story arcs into one thrilling, coherent, and exhilarating limited run series. Plus, Hawley has the might of some TV and movie heavyweights as executive producers (Warren Littlefield and the creators of the motion picture Fargo, Joel & Ethan Coen). And Fargo: Year Two has a remarkable ensemble cast, including Patrick Wilson (Insidious), Ted Danson (Cheers), Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia), Jean Smart (Garden State), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Bokeem Woodbine (Ray), Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice), Kieran Culkin (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead), who plays Ronald Reagan!

From the opening frames of the first episode (“Waiting For Dutch”) until the end credits of episode ten (“Palindrome”), Fargo: Year Two sucks you in and never lets up. The series has a TV-MA rating for loads of graphic violence, foul language, and occasional sexual situations. The home media release is brought to us by Twentieth Century Fox and the FX Network. As well as all 10 episodes of the series, a number of insightful and humorous extras are included, two of those being a 2 part documentary entitled Waffles and Bullet Holes: A Return to Sioux Falls and Lou on Lou: A Conversation with Noah Hawley, Keith Carradine and Patrick Wilson, where the three gentlemen previously mentioned discuss the connection between Fargo: Year One and Fargo: Year Two.

If you’re sick of the same old formulaic Hollywood flicks, give Fargo: Year Two a marathon viewing. You’ll thank me for it once you come up for air.

About the Author:

Steve graduated from Southwestern Michigan College with an Associate's Degree in communications. He currently resides in Niles, MI
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