Go­ing postal in Min­nesota

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television - Justin Burke

One week in, and Noah Haw­ley’s black com­edy crime se­ries Fargo has re­turned as strong as ever.

Set in Min­nesota circa 2010, this third sea­son is fo­cused on the Cain and Abel of Eden Val­ley, Em­mit and Ray Stussy (both played by Ewan McGre­gor). Em­mit is a big shot, while his younger brother Ray is a lowly pa­role officer. A hasty trade of in­her­i­tances when their fa­ther died left Ray with a now rusty red Corvette and Em­mit with what turned out to be a very valu­able stamp col­lec­tion.

Ray has har­boured re­sent­ment over this, and when his el­der brother re­fuses to pay for a ring so he can marry his parolee girl­friend Nikki (Mary El­iz­a­beth Win­stead), he un­wisely co­erces an­other parolee, Mau­rice LeFay (Scoot McNairy) into steal­ing back the stamps.

The first episode saw the de­noue­ment of that bun­gled plot: the stepfather of po­lice­woman Glo­ria Bur­gle (Car­rie Coon) lay dead. And LeFay? Let’s just say: heavy ob­ject, high win­dow and some mag­nif­i­cent cin­e­matog­ra­phy.

This sec­ond episode be­gins with Bur­gle try­ing to solve the mur­der of her stepfather, who just hap­pens to share the Stussy sur­name. (Hi­lar­i­ously, she is in­vis­i­ble to au­to­matic doors.)

At the same time, Em­mit and his ad­viser Sy (Michael Stuhlbarg, Board­walk Em­pire) are dis­cov­er­ing the con­sid­er­able strings at­tached to the du­bi­ous busi­ness loan they ac­cepted. A Mr VM Varga (David Thewlis) — with his sin­is­ter Bri­tish con­de­scen­sion con­trast­ing with the lo­cal “Min­nesota nice” — brings an enor­mous truck into one of the Stussy park­ing lots, for ne­far­i­ous ends.

Of course this an­thol­ogy stands alone, with no prior knowl­edge re­quired of the pre­ced­ing two sea­sons, let alone the orig­i­nal 1996 film.

Worth watch­ing? You betcha. Fargo, Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, SBS.

Glo­ria Bur­gle, played by Car­rie Coon, faces the mur­der of a rel­a­tive in the new sea­son of Fargo

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