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FARGO Series Premiere Review “The Crocodile’s Dilemma”

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FARGO - Pictured: Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo. CR: Chris Large/FX Fargo premieres tonight on FX, and I can assure you that this is one series that you don’t want to miss. It features an all-new “true crime” mystery and a whole new intriguing cast of characters. This limited series is an original adaptation of the feature film. It does have a similar tone as the film, but that’s about it. The cast is phenomenal and the writing is clever. I enjoyed the film, but I adore the series. It takes the original concept to a whole new level. Be prepared to spend your Tuesday nights enjoying some “Minnesota nice.” Don’t miss the premiere tonight at 10 on FX. “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” –A rootless, manipulative man meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction. Written by Noah Hawley; directed by Adam Bernstein.

The show opens with my favorite character, Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), taking a scenic drive. “I’d like the Lorne” is probably not going to be something that hairstylists will EVER hear. I could be wrong; it could be the next big thing. Tom Hiddleston could totally pull the Lorne off. Maybe it will be a thing. Back to television reality, Lorne really knows how to get things started. He seals the deal with just one look. He’s ingenious. Don’t even think of taking your eyes off him when he enters a room. His questions will delightfully kill you. Now that is how you rent a room. Billy Bob Thornton is brilliant.

Fargo_CL_1437_1When we meet Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) for the first time he’s deep in conversation with his wife, Pearl (Kelly Holden Bashar). She’s a very special lady with “soft hands.” Lester later runs into an old acquaintance and things get slippery from there on. A chance meeting really sets things in motion and makes for one heck of a story. Martin’s accent is spot-on.

While a car wreck is being examined Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and the Chief come across something peculiar.

Deputy Bill Oswalt (Bob Odenkirk) is probably someone that you don’t want rummaging around crime scenes, but he’s hilarious. You just can’t go wrong with Bob Odenkirk. Oh, how I miss Breaking Bad.

Fargo_CL_1714_1Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks), a Duluth police officer, makes a decision that you know is going to cost him in the future.

Tonight’s episode sets the season up so perfectly. If you deny yourself the pleasures of Fargo you will miss some exciting massaging, “unsanitory” conditions, intense glances, and a mystery that really gives it to you good. You are definitely left wanting more. This show is not to be missed.

Fargo airs Tuesday nights at 10 on FX.

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