Rent Fargo: Series 2 (2015)

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8h 32min
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Synopsis:
A phenomenal cast including Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, and Ted Danson headlines the critically acclaimed second season of TV's most compelling miniseries. Set in 1979, this all-new "true crime" saga kicks off with violent foul play at a South Dakota Waffle Hut. In a flash, the case ensnares a small-town beautician (Dunst) and a local sheriff (Danson) - all set against the backdrop of an explosive Midwestern mob war. Is Fargo Season Two chock full of riveting suspense, brilliant performances and darkly hilarious humour?
Actors:
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Directors:
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Producers:
Kim Todd, Michael Frislev, Chad Oakes
Narrated By:
Martin Freeman
Creators:
Noah Hawley
Writers:
Noah Hawley, Robert De Laurentiis, Steve Blackman, Matt Wolpert, Ben Nedivi
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
TV Crimes, TV Dramas, TV Mysteries, TV Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/04/2016
Run Time:
512 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
NTSC
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Skip Sprang TV Commercial
  • The Films of Ronald Reagan: Audio Commentary by Bruce Campbell
  • Waffles and Bullet Holes: A Return To Sioux Falls
  • Lou on Lou: A Conversation with Noah Hawley, Keith Carradine and Patrick Wilson
  • The History of True Crime in the Mid West
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. Waiting for Dutch
2. Before the Law
- Special Features
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
3. The Myth of Sisyphus
4. Fear and Trembling
5. The Gift of the Magi
- Special Features
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
6. Rhinoceros
7. Did You Do This? No, You Did It!
8. Loplop
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following episodes:
9. The Castle
10. Palindrome
- Special Features

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Fargo: Series 2 review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

For the second season of Fargo, there’s a lot of weight on its shoulders. With the first season, it was astounding to watch the quirky midwestern world crafted by the Coen Brothers come back to life in a fitting neo-noir saga of black comedy. It had the benefit of attaching big names and a strong crew behind the scenes who understood the darkness, the warmth, and somber serenity of crime lurking in Minnesota. There was a lot of stress to see how this second season would fair, especially for being an anthology series of contained seasons. And it thankfully soars to even higher heights than the previous season.

The second season manages to avoid easy comparison by not just featuring a new cast, but a new era. Set in 1979, this story follows a couple who end up killing someone. The couple of hairdresser Peggy Blumquist (Kirsten Dunst) and butcher Ed Blumquist (Jesse Plemons) try to hide the body and soon find themselves ending up with money and a whole lot of trouble. That trouble attracts intimidating figures such as the smirking crime boss Mike Milligan (Bokeem Woodbine). Seeking answers and trying to bring justice to this fiasco of missing bodies and money is devoted State Trooper Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson) along with his father-in-law of a sheriff Hank Larsson (Ted Danson).

Season 2 of Fargo goes a little bolder in the bewilderment department by taking greater risks with its storytelling. As an example, a subplot involves the possibility of aliens maybe/kinda being a thing. At first, we may believe it is a hallucination, but other times a UFO seems to break a scene and cause an unexplainable event. How do we rationalize their presence? The truth is we sometimes can’t. The whole premise of Fargo revolves around wild crimes and events that seem unlikely or odd. We have the benefit of seeing every perspective to know the truth about the murders, the mafia ties, the money at play, and the characters with their quirks. But then comes the possibility of aliens and we have that luxury stripped from us. We’re just as confused and unsure of the characters, not knowing how to explain what we’ve seen.

The more grounded elements are still stellar, with the ensemble cast delivering some of the series high points. Nick Offerman plays a quirky fellow around town who drops in and out for some cantankerous observations, even occupying most of one episode. Plemons melds perfectly into that role of a man unsure of morality and a bit wide-eyed when it comes to serious matters of crime and revenge. And, wow, Dunst absorbs that 1970s Midwest vibe for dinner with the hair, the sweaters, and that shrewd nature that came with the rise of second-wave feminism. Everyone is in top form that it’s tough to get to them all in this review. I’ll just state that Woodbine is the perfect kind of villain with a smile that can send chills.

Fargo Season 2 not only manages to be a stellar thriller in its own box but plays beautifully with how it ties in as a prequel to the events of both season one and the film. We see shades of what would form in the future with younger characters who would later become misfits and noting an end of an era for certain figures. Perhaps the most exceptional moment is in the finale where the central villain makes it out alive and lives to see another decade. The only catch is that is means an office job within an interior that is shaped exactly like a prison cell. A punishment that is most off-putting for such a surreally intoxicating show.

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