NEW ON NETFLIX
10 episodes, available Saturday When this series was first announced a few years ago people had trepidations. Adapting the Coen brothers’ classic 1996 movie always seemed like a risky proposition — would the brothers (who serve as executive producers on the series) alienate the fans of the film, or was this kind of thing simply a logical development of the golden age of binge-watch series?
In fact the first two series won a slew of awards and one of Netflix’s biggest audiences and this season, premiered last year on American TV to Emmy nominations for all three of the stars.
Set in 2010 it deals with the tribulations of Ray Stussy (Ewan Mcgregor, who won a Golden Globe on Sunday night) and girlfriend Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who dream of riches which they hope to secure by stealing a valuable vintage stamp from Ray’s more successful older brother, Emmit (also played by Mcgregor), the self-proclaimed “Parking Lot King of Minnesota”. However, their plans backfire, and the couple soon have to hide their involvement in two deaths, including the stepfather of former Eden Valley police chief Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon).
Much of the enjoyment is watching how the yarns are spun so we won’t issue any more spoilers, but Mcgregor’s clipped Minnesotan twang is perfect. the most vivid pictures throughout the film, as do his sketches and the extraordinary parade of shoes that go by like models on a runway. There are interviews with lots of fashion royalty (interestingly, not Sarah Jessica Parker or Sex and the City wardrobe queen Patricia Field).
Blahnik himself remains guarded. We emerge from this film still not knowing much more about him beyond the mythology, and the film overall feels as though it might be a big budget infomercial for the brand. notion of an open relationship.
Lisa Kudrow joins the cast in a recurring role for season four. She plays Sheree, a manicurist who threatens to drive a wedge between Grace and Frankie as a result of her budding friendship with Grace.
The series reunites Kudrow with Marta Kauffman (who created both this series and Friends). Kauffman said this new season will “be about the women coming to terms with age, coming to terms with how old they are, where their minds are at this point and what does that imply, what does that mean?”
Ewan Mcgregor as Ray Stussy and
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as girlfriend Nikki Swango in ‘Fargo’