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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fargo Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, SBS

Even if, like me, you in­ex­pli­ca­bly missed the Coen broth­ers’ 1996 film Fargo, with Frances McDor­mand, Steve Buscemi and Wil­liam H. Macy, and com­pounded your cul­tural sins by miss­ing last year’s cel­e­brated TV se­ries of the same name with Billy Bob Thorn­ton, Al­li­son Tol­man and Martin Free­man, you can jump right in and en­joy this new sea­son of Fargo, with new char­ac­ters and sto­ry­lines — a so­called an­thol­ogy se­ries — with­out miss­ing a beat. (The trap for showrun­ners, how­ever, is know­ing when enough is enough: see my re­view of Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story be­low.) Set in 1979, it fol­lows the events af­ter a waf­fle house mas­sacre, which re­ver­ber­ate through the lives of the cit­i­zens in a small Min­nesota town. The won­der­ful cast in­cludes Pa­trick Wil­son and Ted Dan­son (pic­tured above), as well as Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Ple­mons ( Break­ing Bad), Nick Of­fer­man ( Parks and Recre­ation), Brad Gar­rett ( Ev­ery­body Loves Ray­mond), and Aus­tralian ac­tor An­gus Samp­son ( Mad Max: Fury Road). The kooky lingo of “Min­nesota nice” is on full dis­play, re­plete with “Aw geez”, “don’cha know” and “Yah, you betcha!”, but the ex­po­si­tion of 70s era pol­i­tics is laid on a lit­tle thick at times. (And the strange, UFO-like lights in the sky hint at what ex­actly?) But at its core, it’s a story about how sim­ple folks re­act in ex­tra­or­di­nary cir­cum­stances. Per­fect small­town life al­ways seems to have its price.

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