TV aficionados were crazy about what True Detective had in store for them. It was raw, wicked & bold. But many people complain about its complexity; the plot is still unclear to many even after reading the script & interpretations in various websites. Coen Brothers‘ 1996 Academy Award winning film Fargo was brilliant. It perfectly captured the small-town American quirkiness. Well, produced by them and written & directed by someone (Noah Hawley) who has not seen the original film comes this anthology, dark-comedy, crime TV series which can be praised for all its elements, starting from Billy Bob Thornton‘s nuanced air to Martin Freeman‘s jittery underachiever portrayal to the trademark gore & violence. For all I love, it has dark humor & bizarre twists.
The pilot premiered on April 15, 2014 and it was intense. 9 episodes will follow. My review for the pilot can be found here! I am a fan of Breaking Bad, House Of Cards, True Detective, Sherlock, The Sopranos & recently Game of Thrones; so you know what my taste is.
Basically, it is a spin-off of the original film and references many of its elements, prose & style. So, I suggest you watch the movie first if at all you consider the series. And I want you to consider it because 2014 has already been grateful to us TV fanatics and you don’t want to be left behind. Unlike many disappointments like How I Met your Mother‘s finale & Mad Men’s 7th season.
Currently, Fargo is rated at 9.2/10 in IMDb, which is in par with the greatest shows ever. But, it is still too early to tag a series as great, and eventually the score may drop. I watched 2 more episodes and the level of excitement hasn’t dropped a bit. Fargo will be a classic and time will tell.