By Taylor Vermillion |Staff Writer|
Popular television network FX premiered its newest original mini-series “Fargo” on Tuesday, April 15 starring Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton and Colin Hanks.
FX hosts many popular television series, including “Sons of Anarchy” and “American Horror Story.” It seems that “Fargo” is heading for the same amount of popularity.
The series is a screen adaptation of the 1996 cult classic film of the same name, developed by legendary Hollywood directors Joel and Ethan Coen.
The Coen brothers have signed on to the series as executive producers, and are also credited as writers.
The season’s first episode entitled “The Crocodile’s Dilemma,” introduces viewers to the main characters, as well as the tone set by the original feature film.
It is set in the small, icy town of Bimidji, Minnesota where everyone knows everyone, and the people fall into the same Minnesota-like demeanor that reflects the film.
Immediately after the title credits, audiences are introduced to Thornton’s character, Lorne Malvo.
Malvo enters the town of Bimidji for reasons that aren’t yet revealed to viewers. However, following a nasty car accident, it’s obvious he has malicious intentions.
A half-naked, bound man jumps out of the trunk of his car and runs to his death in sub-zero temperatures.
Following the accident, Malvo runs into another main character, Lester Nygaard, played by Martin Freeman. You may recognize him as Bilbo Baggins from the Hobbit.
“When I heard that Freeman was attached to the show, I had to watch it. I’m a huge fan of The Hobbit, and I think he nailed his character on ‘Fargo.’ The show is awesome. I’m officially hooked,” said television enthusiast Lauren Kurten.
Nygaard (Freeman) begins as a kind-hearted person who is stuck in a loveless marriage with a nagging wife, and a dead-end career as an insurance salesman with no chance of promotion.
The happenstance meeting between Nygaard and Malvo ends up changing the life of the kind and innocent Nygaard and sends him on a path of destruction.
“I’ve seen the movie before, and I really liked it. I wasn’t too sure about turning it into a series, but as soon as I found out Billy Bob Thornton was going to be in it, I might have to check it out. I’ve heard really good things,” said CSUSB student Kevin Velarde.
“Fargo” is scheduled to air on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX. I think viewers will be able to anticipate the same dark-comedy, with a slight hint of gore attached to all of the episodes.
It follows the feature film’s tone so well that I believe we will be seeing several seasons of the show, and I encourage everyone to tune in.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the bizarre situations that the character’s find themselves in.