Fargo – Season 1, Episode 8 (Review)

Molly – hospital. Lester – back to work. Lorne – Fargo. That’s where we left off from the last episode. This is what happened in the following…

Have you watched eppy 8 yet? No? Well, park your tush down, push that remote control button, and watch that shit. Then come back here, with popcorn, for the real entertainment. Okay, well, I’ll try my hardest to review this anyways. I promise…

A quick recovery later, and Molly is back in the police station, ready for work. She presents the Sheriff her giant board diagram, showing how Lester is indeed the killer, but he’s not interested. The Sheriff instead gets annoyed and frustrated with her, telling her to just let it go and move on as the case had been wrapped up, with Lester’s brother being convicted of the murders. To me this felt like a subtextual (is that a word?) way of saying, ‘It doesn’t matter if we got the man or not, as long as someone fits the bill.’ Subtle hints of corruption there from the Sheriff, methinks. And to top it off, he mentions to her, after the rant, that they’ve brought in a cake for her, to celebrate the return of her. I really feel for Molly, because she seems to be the only one who is doing what an honest cop should be doing: fighting for justice. Granted, she is maybe a little bit obsessed with it, but I respect that kind of determination. It’s just like it said on Lester’s poster in his basement: “What if you’re right, and they’re wrong?”

Outside of the hospital room where Mr Wretch is bed bound, an officer guards the door. He makes his way to the bogs to take a wizz, but doesn’t actually make it out alive. Why? Because from the cubicle behind him, Lorne appears, with a leather choking device: he slings it over the officer’s neck, leans forward, waits until he finishes his dance of death, then drops him on the floor. I must add that in reality, this would obviously never happen because all the guy would have to do to escape the choke-hold would be to shift his body weight to one size, and he would simply roll off of Lorne’s back. Saying that, Lorne would still have finished him off in the toilets (not in that way, you perv!) as he is one heck of a mofo psychopath.

Lorne, carrying his man bag (okay, that was a tad dark. Soz…)

Back in Mr Wretch’s hospital room, we find Lorne by his bedside. He tells Wretchy that it was him who killed his partner, Mr Numbers (remember – he slit his throat in the snow). Mr Wretch has an angry fit of rage, but can’t reach Lorne as he’s been handcuffed to the metal bed railings. He is told by Lorne how lucky he is to be alive. Personally, I see this moment as a way of Lorne showing how helpless Wrenchy is (ie, he can kill him whenever, wherever with no problem whatsoever) and is a subtly suggestion for him to work for him. He offers a helping hand by leaving the key to unlock the handcuffs on his chest, and exits.

Back in Mr Wretch’s hospital room, we find Lorne by his bedside. He tells Wretchy that it was him who killed his partner, Mr Numbers (remember – he slit his throat in the snow). Mr Wretch has an angry fit of rage, but can’t reach Lorne as he’s been handcuffed to the metal bed railings. He is told by Lorne how lucky he is to be alive. Personally, I see this moment as a way of Lorne showing how helpless Wrenchy is (ie, he can kill him whenever, wherever with no problem whatsoever) and is a subtly suggestion for him to work for him. He offers a helping hand by leaving the key to unlock the handcuffs on his chest, and exits.

Gina, Hess’s widow, comes storming into the Insurance Company that Lester works in, along with her two dimwitted sons. She’s pissed at him, giving Lester a piece of her mind as she now knows he conned her to get a bit of nookie. Lester acts innocent (as per usual) and says that this is news to him to: that Hess’s life insurance policy is null and void. This of course, is baloney, and Lester’s hot Asian-American co-worker had to witness their threatening behaviour towards him. But, this is a new Lester, lest we not forget – as the two sons come threateningly close to him, he staples them in the face with a staple gun. They whimper out of the building, all three of them with their tails between their legs.


Gina, telling Lester some stuff her sons probably didn’t want to hear

But it’s not all bad for Lester: he’s got an admirer in his insurance co-worker, oh – and he’s gone and bought himself a new washer! One that doesn’t sound like a cacophony of insanity.

Silence is Golden

And a year later, he is made Saleman of the year. Who’da-funk it?

The obvious choice

Did I say a ‘year’ later? I should explain, shouldn’t I? Nahhhh… oh, alright then (I feel guilt)…

Gus, the officer who shot Molly, sends her flowers to her when she’s in her dad’s diner. This is to show us that he’s definitely trying to woe her now (the tables have turned – it was Molly attracting him at the start). Then we see him, in his police car parked in a layby, using a speedometer to record how fast passing cars are going. But he’s also chatting merrily and freely to someone on the walkie talkie (do police call them that?). And no, it must definitely wasn’t his daughter whom he was speaking to. The camera pans left, into the empty road, and then we see him driving down it in a mail van. Gus has become a mailman, just like he said he dreamed of being when he was a boy, and we our told that this is now one year into the future. A massive jump I thought, but it makes sense – it shows us how Molly and Gus are now an item, and how Lester as completely gone off the cop’s radar. Except Molly, whom is now pregnant, and is waddling around in her bedroom, with the diagram still filling one of the walls. Still Obsessed much, Mol?

The two cops who Lorne passed by in Fargo when he done all them killings, have been stuck in the filing room for over a year now – they can thank their boss for that. One of them is throwing a tennis ball ala Jack Torrance style against the wall, and accidentally knocks a big picture off. This is serendipity, as lurking behind it is a blurred CCTV picture of Lorne Malvo, walking pass their car, in Fargo, a year ago. This is the guy that kept them stuck in the filing room (where no-one goes). This is the guy who’s made them workably-redundant. This is the guy they must track down and bring to justice, to restore their status in the ranks of the police force. If only Molly knew what was just happening in that filing room…

The episode concludes with Lester, turning around at the bar, and seeing Lorne at a table in the corner, laughing it up with three others and some drinks. He looks utterly shocked to see him as he hasn’t seen him in over a year. Yes, this is a bit far fetched – how can they be in the same room in a Las Vegas bar? I guess I’ll have to wait until the next episode to find out why Lorne is there.


Lorne, now with the appearance of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s doopelganger

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Fargo – Season 1, Episode 7 (Review)

When you went to school, do you remember how you would always take along with you your backpack? Well, I did anyway. And when you had your backpack, wouldn’t you of checked what was inside of it before going to school, just to make sure you have everything for the day ahead? Well, it turns out Lester’s brother’s son doesn’t do that. And as a result, a gun slides out of his bag and onto the floor of his classroom. What a doughnut!

Because of this youngster’s lack of academic organisation, the police get involved in the matter. They get a search warrant to turn Lester’s brother’s house upside down, leaving the wife in all sorts of bother. He gets a phone call from his missus to get his sorry ass back outta work, and to come home. He panics – they’ll find my gun locker in the basement, and the illegal one too. And as he arrives, that is just what they are doing. And then the twist: a pair of knickers, a bloody hammer, and a saucy photo of Lester’s wife. His own wife flips out, slaps him in emotional outrage, but he just stands there, looking stunned. How could that of got there? Have I been set up? Answer: yes you have matey.

He must have an inkling whom has done the dirty on him. LESTER!!! It’s got to be – recently, he disowned him to his face, whilst he sat on his hospital bed; and with the quagmire Lester is in, it made sense to a degree to sabotage his unloving bro. I’m not justifying Lester’s actions – I’m just saying he’s gotta do what he’s gotta do, and jail ain’t the place for a skinny pretty boy like him. (Saying that, neither is it suitable for his brother. Oh well…)

The Sheriff brings Lester into the police station to ask him a few questions about his brother and his dead wife; primarily: were they having an affair? Lester, sincere as Mother Teresa, tells that this is exactly what happened. He puts on the brave, tormented face of a man exposing a deep family secret, and the Sheriff eat it up like cake on sale at a closing down cake shop. Nom nom nom…


Lester, at the police station, practising for his late night poker next July

He leaves the station, passing by his brother who is locked behind bars. When he hears him yell out his name, Lester smirks to himself, and exits. He’s bad to the bone, I tells ya.


He ain’t heavy – he’s in prison

Now that Lester thinks he’s in the clear, he finally rings for the cleaning service to come and clear the murder mess. FINALLY!! – that shit had been bugging me from the very beginning. I wondered: are they allowed to leave a crime scene like this? Why haven’t the police dealt with it on behalf of Lester, whom they’d all of thought was in a ‘vulnerable’ state of mind? And why ain’t the floor covered in flies and maggots? (I concluded that this is probably ’cause it’s so cold up in that town, that no flies wanna breed in such cold temperatures. Either that, or I’m talking outta my derriere and have totally forgotten that this is indeed a TV show.) And when Lester gets through to them on the phone, they hang up at the mere mention of the word ‘blood’. Hilarious! The police gave him that number and they chickened out. What a joke!

So what about Molly and Lorne – I’ve talked about Lester so much that I’d completely neglected the other two main characters. Well, I guess that’s because Lester’s part of the story here contains the bulk of the story, but nevertheless, I must do a quick shout out to those two. I’ll start with good-golly-miss Molly…

After perforating Molly’s spleen with an unintended bullet, the city officer, Gus Grimly, comes to her hospital bedside with a bundle of flowers. He apologies immensely, and tells her that he’s going to lose his badge because of this blunder. She tells him to stop talking nonsense, and that he’s not going to get fired. He leaves the room, passing by her father, whom seems less than impressed by him (well, I thought so).

Molly, with her IV drip and stand, then goes into the hospital room where Mr Wretch – the deaf guy – is. She tells him that his partner, Mr Numbers is dead. He’s devastated. Molly then hands him a small white board so he can communicate with her. I had to laugh because she’d been speaking to him all that time before then, and then asks him if he can lip read. Of course he can, you utter numpty. Christ Sake!  Anywho, where was I… so Molly mentions the name Lorne Malvo, and Mr Wretch knows exactly what she’s talking about. Molly thinks she’s onto something here, and she’s right to think so.

Because flowers are always enough after shooting someone in the spleen

Molly, with her IV drip, then goes into the hospital room where Mr Wretch – the deaf guy – is. She tells him that his partner, Mr Numbers is dead. He’s devastated. Molly then hands him a small white board so he can communicate with her. I had to laugh because she’d been speaking to him all that time before then, and then asks him if he can lip read. Of course he can, you utter numpty. Christ Sake!  Anywho, where was I… so Molly mentions the name Lorne Malvo, and Mr Wretch knows exactly what he’s talking about. Molly thinks he’s onto something here. And he’s right to think so (for once in his trigger happy life).

Meanwhile, in a place by the name Fargo, Lorne strolls past the police with a fat off gun in his hands, and kills all the people in the building they were watching. We don’t see any of the shooting as the camera stays on the outside of the building, but follows him up floor by floor. At the top floor, a guy comes flying out of the window, and onto the pavement. The police finally realise, and backup is called. And as they’re all waiting outside for the killer to come out, Lorne, from the side, walks away from the scene, and down the street.

That’s about all folks! The only other thing that springs to mind is Lester going to Hess’s window’s house and shafting silly (literally and metaphorically, as he is also lying to her). But I guess, seeing as Hess shafted him all those years in the playground – by that, I mean he bullied him – and Lester is in the clear, it seems like he just doesn’t care anymore. She’s still going to struggle to get her insurance though – Hess didn’t finish paying the premiums on his life insurance, so… nil dollars exactly will be the payout. Lester doesn’t care either way, hence the lying to her. In fact, Lester has become an almost Lorne prodigy character in the making. He may not have killed as many people, but he’s definitely got the warped mindset now. I guess that’s what happens when you expose yourself to too many professional killers – it rubs off on you.


If you’re thinking about what Lester’s looking at, it’s the family portrait he just made fall off the wall with the power of his… enthusiasm

Fargo – Season 1, Episode 6 (Review)

The rabbit hole of descent deepens much more for Lester. Waking up in his hospital bed, he is straight away disowned by his brother, who thinks he has something to do with the murders as there is a policeman guarding his door. As the bro leaves, Lester is suspicious as to why there is an officer of the law stood waiting outside his room in the ward. It clicks – they must of found out more information. They must have found out from the nurses that he had a gunshot pellet imbedded in his hand. They must wanna interrogate him more. Drat! Fiddlesticks! He’s well and truly buggered now, isn’t he? So what is Lester supposed to do about the pickle he is in (and lemme tell you – this is a helluva pickle). The answer: he sneaks out the hospital, and back to his home. How does he do this? Well, he dresses up like the fully bandage-faced guy in the bed next to him, and throws that dude under his bed covers (making sure to hide his face), and gets into that guy’s bed. The nurse comes in and moves his bed out of the room, into the hallway, and leaves him there. Now is when Lester makes a break for it, and manages to escape without a trace.


Brotherly love.

But where does he go? What does he have in mind? Dear Lester heads back to his house, past the patch of dried blood in his lounge (just call the specialist cleaners, man) and down into the basement. He notices that the washer-dryer had been moved [by Molly]. But he doesn’t move closer to it – instead, he stands next to the poster which he head butted to knock himself out that (un)faithful day, and pulls it down slightly. Behind the poster, there is a hole in the plasterboard where he had whacked his nogging, and inside the hole is the evidence-in-the-making: the claw hammer Lester used to kill his wife. He then breaks into his younger brother’s house. He plants the hammer in his gun locker, in the basement, along with a pair of his dead wife’s panties, and a picture of his dead wife, scantily clad (the perv!). Lester then sees a picture on the locker of his brother, posing with his wife and son. Instead of feeling guilty and taking back the stuff which he’d planted, he goes into the son’s room, and plants a gun into his school bag. Unbelievable! Lester walks down the stairs, and the son and him see eye-to-eye (he thought no-one was in the house). And the boy doesn’t even seem that bothered. This scene had me cracking up – one of the funnily moments in the series. But to tell you the truth, for a crime show, there’s a lot of them to choose from.


It’s hammer time (again)

Now that Lester is sure the evidence had not been taken, he slips back into his hospital room, switches the man in his bed back into his own, and plonks himself back in it. Someone enters the room, exits, and the most sinister smile of hurrah is etched onto Lester’s face – he thinks he’s gotten away with it. He can still make up more B.S to the police as the have nothing on him, just clues, nothing more.

Lester’s smug shot (later to be his mug shot… so I’m predicting)

So that’s the main portion of this episode covered. What else happens? I shall tell you…

Stavros caves in to the blackmailer’s demands of the 1 million dollars. Lorne, the guy who’s working for him but is also secretly the blackmailer, gets his Turkish friend to speak to Stavros into the phone with instructions as to where to place the money (he uses a device to hide the identity of his phone when on the phone). The Turkish friend is the guy who has been doing the majority of Lorne’s dirty work – supplying him with locust to flood Stavros’s Phoenix Farms shop, the uppers to keep the poor bastard awake all these days, and basically making sure shit gets biblical on his ass. But this friend of Lorne asks for too much – he wants 60% of the million share – and instead, Lorne decides to strap him to a chair, tape a gun to his hands, and let the police shoot him. Serves him right – you should never be too greedy, specially when dealing with a psychopath.


And now you get zero dollars.

Going back to where it all began for him in 1987, Stavros plants the windscreen scraper into the ground, by the wire fence, so that Lorne can find the bag of 1 mil. buried underneath it in the thick snow.

Speaking of snow – man! didn’t it just blizzard like mad near the end of the ep. I mean, they could hardly see a thing. I’m talking about the scene where Mr Numbers and Mr Wretch sandwich Lorne’s car with their own, then start going all guns blazing at him. Lorne runs into the snow fog, and tricks Mr Numbers into going into a wooden building. He does this by slicing the back of his hand, and leading him by a trail of red on the floor (smart if you ask me… but bonkers lets not forget). Mr Number’s number is finally up as Lorne slits his throat, and leaves him gurgling on his own blood, face down in the snow. It’s hard to say where his silent friend, Mr Wretch, has gone to, as we don’t see him after that. But the city officer and Molly quickly come onto the scene and find the three abandoned cars. For one reason or another, they lose sight of each other, and when the city officer sees a body in the fog approaching him, his automatic instinct is to shoot that threat to the ground. He wishes he didn’t, for whom he shot is none other than Molly (i.e. the guy’s an idiot, in my opinion.)


Oh no he didn’t.

So what will happen in the 7th episode? Will Molly live after being shot by an incompetent officer? What will Mr Wretch do after finding his partner has been killed? Does Lorne collect his money with ease, or will something get in his way? And how will Lester worm himself out of this one?

Oh, and one more thing: as Serj Tankian said in a song – “Don’t forget the fish!”…


The day of reckoning is finally over for Stavros (it only cost him a million, and some sleep)


There’s something fishy going on up in Minnesota.

Fargo – Season 1, Episode 5 (Review)

Kicking the fifth eppy off, we have a sequence of events, exposing to us – the beloved audience – how Lester got the shotgun. BTW – he got it in a sport’s shop. It was funny how he got suckered into buying it as well: the store owner told him to make an offer for the ‘random socks’ – there was a table full of bagged assorted socks, and some of them were men’s, some women’s, and the guy couldn’t tell Lester which were which, or if either bag contained male and female socks (well I found it funny!). Lester offers him 3 dollars, 4… 5 dollars, and then the store keeper, who is frankly unamused by his pitiful offers, tells him “I’ll give it to you for 50, and I’ll throw in that here shotgun in for free, and some bullet”. That was a paraphrase – I can’t remember exactly his words – I’m not an audible Rainman damn it!


I call shotgun…

So what else happened? Oh yeah – Lester is in the jail cell, ain’t he? That’s where the last eppy finished off last time. And Lester ain’t looking too great. He’s sweating like a mutha fucka, like he’s eaten the world’s hotist chilli, like he just had the runs, like… you get the gist. You know why he’s in this bad way, don’t you: he’s trapped in the cell with the deaf guy and his bearded friend (I should really try and remember their names, shouldn’t I? Nah – F it!). And the bearded one gets all the details out of Lester that he needs – more specifically, he gets the name of the person Lester knows who killed their late boss, Hess. One name: Lorne Malvo. Or at least, he thinks that’s his name (he’s right, the spineless grass!) The two man motley crew leave Lester (they got bailed out), and Lester starts having flashbacks of the recent events – flickering, tramatic events.


Please don’t hurt me.

The sheriff and Deputy Molly come to visit Lester in jail, but he can’t respond to them on the accounts that he’s having flashbacks, and is not [himself] personally present in the room – only his body. They rush him to the hospital in an ambulance, like good law abiding officers. Molly, in the back with Lester, is a crafty bugger, and tries to weed information out of Lester – she’s taking advantage of his whacked out state of mind, and is trying to get him to confess to some shit. And at the hospital, he finds out from the nurse that Lester had a shotgun pellet lodged in his hand, and that’s why it was all puffy, gross, and infected. I like how, in the beginning of that scene, how the vending machine gobbled up her change. I hate it when that happens. I remember when that happened to me, ages ago mind you, and then I kicked the machine, and then the chocolate bar came tumbling out of to the bottom; and when I unwrapped that Cadbury’s Dairy Milk (other choco bars at available – visit your local newsagents for some proof) the chocolate had congealed. It wasn’t the best chocolate I’ve even bitten into. I still remember it, which it weird; but what’s even weirder is how I’ve rambled on a tad too much on a relevant subject, and a negligible one at that. If you’re reading this (and you’ll know if you have, because you would have just done so)…. I’m so sorry. Not…

I’ll leave you on a little bugbear I had on this episode: why-o-why did Deputy Molly leave the back of Lester’s washer-dryer open? He managed to open it up, hoping to find evidence (soz Mol – he moved that hammer), but she never bothered to leave it like it was. It’s like she wants Lester to know she broke into his house whilst he was in hospital. Oh, and another thing – who leaves the key under their outside doormat, Lester? Jesus Christ – make it easy for the criminal/criminal policelady why don’t ya. Okay, rant over – tune in tomorz, or the next day, when I write more bollock on something I’ve recently scene on the screen that I like to term “the moving painting on the wall downstairs. Peace mofo!


God damn it, Molly!

Fargo – Season 1, Episode 4 (Review)

How FAR can this murder mystery GO, that is the question; and no – I’m not shakespere. I am a BEAR – check out my username: bearfilmreview. Read it! Read it again. And now stare at it. Let it burn into your retina until when you blink and look away, staring at your BEAR/bare walls all around your room, all your see is that word. And it is a word because there are no spaces! Okay, that’s enough insanity – let’s crack on with another review instalment of the Fargo series…

For the opening scene, we travel back to 1987, down the snowbound road of yesterday, in the sleepy outskirts of the sleepy town in Minnesota. A car breaks down. In the car is a younger version of Stavros. His wife is not please and is pissed, thinking her baby son is going to freeze to death. A truck drives towards their vechile, and Stavros flails his arms about in the road to get it’s attention. The darn driver just drives past, sounding his horn. How horrid!

But wait! What’s that Stavos can see in the distance, by the metal fence? What is that sticking out from the snow, he wonders. Walking up to it, he pulls the thing out from the ground, then discovers that there is a bag containing a bank-full of money in there. He gets back in the car and goes, “There really is a god.”


Jesus-Mary-Mother-of-God – It’s MOAN-EE!! (circa 1987)

By chance, the policeman in the different branch to Molly (soz – I forget his name. So sue me. Actually, don’t – I’m poor) stumbles upon Lorne on one of his drives. Lorne immediately comes his hair to the side, buttons up his shirt, and takes on the innocent, minister identity. You know – the identity he stole when he unravelled that parcel in the post office.

At the police station, he gets interrogated by that police officer’s boss (turns out, the police officer is only in charge of pet patrol) and the sheriff, aka Molly’s boss. Deputy Molly was meant to be the one who the officer wanted to come over to his branch, but being the big mouth she is, Molly tells all about what’s just happened to the Sheriff, and he not likely that, nuh-uh.

When I say “interrogated”, what I mean is – neither cop was smart enough to call the “minister’s” bluff, and soon enough, let him off the hook. I loved the unshapely glasses on his head too, and the smile he gives the officer through the interrogation viewing window was priceless. And so was the fact the officer said exactly what Lorne had predicted he would say (but at the time, in the cop car, it seemed like a threat).


Innocent…

And then there’s Lester. Poor old Lester – the deaf guy and his friend/interpretor (but slowly becoming less and less a friend by the minute), capture him on the street. They merely, nonchalantly piled Lester into the bootof their car, and then drive off. Whilst in the boot, he rings up his younger brother, but then bails on him and tells him that the story he’d just told him was a complete fabrication and a prank. Lester did this because he was afraid his brother was about to call the police.

Remember where the fat office man got dumped? Well, we return to that patch of ice land (no, not the shop – right Peter?) and this time, it’s Lester’s turn to freeze in the chilly waters. But Lester, being resourceful as he is, stole his brother’s taser from the basement. And when the bearded fellow isn’t paying complete attention, he stuns him with his stun gun. And the deaf one, drilling the hole in the ground doesn’t hear him because: A. he’s deaf, and B. yup, you guessed it – he’s DEAF (caps lock on, in case you didn’t hear that). Lester runs through the dense woods, and onto a road, where a policeman was investigating an abandoned car. Lester wants a lift into town to get away from the guys who think he killed Hess (which, as we know, was Lorne’s doing – he put a knife into the back of his head as he was banging so pole dancer/hooker in the backroom of a strip club). He resorts to punching the cop on his conk, and then the policeman (a dozy one, at that) has to now arrest him. 


It’s taser time

And the episode concludes with the deaf guy and his bearded chum, scrapping in a bar, and getting thrown in jail. And who happens to be in the cell with them? Why of course, it had to be Lester. Poor sod.

Fargo – Season 1, Episode 3 (Review)

I’ll admit, it took me and minute or two to catch on with what was happening at the start of season 3: a chunky-clunky guy getting dragged out of his office cubicle, past his work colleagues, and into the car park where he is stripped bare, par the underwear (he had beautiful underwear!) and thrown into the back of a car. Oh yeah, I should have mentioned who’s doing the dragging here (and by the poor sod’s tie as well): it’s our good friend, Mr nice guy himself, Lorne, the hitman. After this all happens, we come to the scene at the start of episode one, and I’m thinking, “Ohhhhhh, I get it now – very clever.” Yes people – we are being shown what happened before Lorne and Lester met by chance at the hospital, and before all hell broke loose in this quiet, sleepy, snowy, humdrum town in Minnesota.

But why the devil do they shown me what took place before the first episode began? Why confuse and befuddle little old me to almost lose the plot (emphasis on the word ALMOST!!!)?? Well, it becomes clear later why this is shown at the start of the episode when Deputy Molly goes to visit Lester at his work (yes, even his workmates were surprised he’d returned only days after his dear, dear wife got killed). Whilst Molly’s there, pretending to want some insurance, she “accidentally” nudges off her case file onto the floor. Lester, being in the tricky situation he’s in right now, offers to help pick up the file. The papers inside the file can be seen by him, with the top photo showing Lorne, dragging the chubby office worker out of the building by his own tie. (Hilarious if you ask me how straight-faced o’ Billy Bobby does this scene.) Of course, Deputy Molly has just set Lester up to see how he reacts when he sees the photo of Lorne, as Molly has a hunch the two of them know each other somehow. Sheriff is peeved by Molly’s downright dirty tactics, and tells her again to leave Lester, the widower alone as he has suffered enough. But not enough of him to go on a job visit to a client’s house.

Lester goes to see Hess’s widow, Gina, whom is eager to get her late husband’s money by any means possible. She proves this by asking him “What’s a girl gotta do” and then positioning her crotch right up in his face, with her leg up over his shoulder on the chair. This results in one of her dim-witted sons seeing this through the window, and then accidentally firing an arrow into his brother’s ass with his crossbow.

Other things that happen in this episode: Lorne blackmailing Stavros for more money (even though he’s working for him to find the blackmailer), switching his pills for amphetamines, and sliting the throat his rockwelller, King. And he even manages to get Stavros to let him live at the property, so that he can catch the blackmailer when he turns up again (har har). And Lester is being hassled by the mute guy and his interpretor at his work – luckily Molly came at the door just in time.

So, that’s what happened in this episode. I’m still amazed Lester is allowed back in his house when the crime scene hasn’t been cleaned up, and that the Sheriff is willing to turn a blind eye to Lester going back to work so early. No doubt his is a highly entertaining show, but maybe they should retitle it, Farcego, instead of Fargo. I’m just saying…

Roll on episode 4!

Oh Molly, you aren’t just about to knock over that file on your right-hand side, are you?


Lester, in another sticky situation.

Fargo – Season 1, Episode 2 (Review)

Perhaps there wasn’t as much gore in this episode as in the first one, but it is still intriguing – mainly how on earth Lester is planning on getting Molly the deputy off his back. She’s on to him like a fly on shit, and even though Lester (and even the Sheriff) say to leave her alone, and that she’s harassing him, she is persistent with her questions. Each time Molly meets Lester, he makes some excuse, and initially pretends that he still has double vision. Sheriff, being Lester’s mate, buys this when he is told this, and takes cue to leave the “bereaved” Lester. Trouble is, Lester knows that he did a bad thing.

That Lorne is a creepy character, ain’t he? The way he intimidates people in his one-on-one interactions makes me feel slightly apprehensive, and I’m sat in the safety of my own living room! I’d like to compare him to a bully cat: he stares them out and calls their bluff, throwing in an element of “I’ll-destroy-you-if-you-don’t-get-outta-my-way” in for measure. He did this to the guy in the postal room, and all he was doing was his job. He’s unintentionally hilarious, but perhaps he does have some awareness of his straight-guy comedic act, because when he walks out of that place with his parcel, he tells the cleaner mopping the floor, “You missed a spot.” Oh, and in the parcel we have a book called American Phoenix and a wallet containing his new identity as a Minister.

One criticism: why is Lester allowed back in his house when the crime scene hasn’t been cleared up? There’s puddles of blood and splatterings on the wall – both on the ground floor and in the basement – where the cop and his wife were killed. Or maybe that’s what actually happened, seeing as in both episodes it starts off by telling the viewer that this is based on a true story. (NOTE: I was skeptically of this, so just looked it up… on Wikipedia of all things. Yep: it’s a lie. Just like the movie lied to me; and now I’m a tad depressed as the illusion of that film being based on a real event has just been completely and totally obliterated).

And the episode ended with some guys (below) cutting a hole through the icy ground, and dumping a guy (still conscious) into the freezing water beneath. But if I’m being honest, these characters don’t interest me that much – I’m more interested in the relationship entanglement between Lester, Molly and Lorne. If I’m pushing it, I could say that I like how the ginger haired guy is mute and has to use sign language, and how the guy in the middle (again, see below) has to be his interpretor for people… but that’s it. Oh, and is the guy in the middle one time in Friends? (don’t pretend you didn’t watch that shiz)

…By the way, stay tuned for my review of episode 3, coming to your screen tomorrow… or the next day… or whenever I feel like watching it (I can’t predict the future, or the efforts to not being lazy enough to turn on the TV. Yes, I can be that lazzzzy).

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Fargo – Season 1, Episode 1 (Review)

If you were a fan of the original Coen Brothers movie, you’re sure to dig the vibe of this TV series. It’s early days (for me anyway – you might have watched all of season 1 by now) but I can tell you that this episode has managed to keep in tact that humdrum mood to it of a sleepy snow-ridden town, plus creep in lots of dark humour to boot. It kind of reminds me of Twin Peaks by how ordinary and earnest all the people are in the town, and how the police force seem to be hapless yet able to sufficiently manage their job all at the same time.

Without spoiling too much, I’ll say this: after Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) meets Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) in the hospital A & E waiting area, his whole world gets flipped on its shell. Not only does Lorne do something Lester didn’t want to do, but the words Lorne said to him there (and later in the cafe) gets into his head to such a degree that he ends up doing something he’s sure to regret.

…I don’t think I gave the game away there (phew! to you).

I’m interested to see how the series pans out. So much has happened already, and I can’t see Lester working at that insurance company for much longer. My guess is that he’s got to run away before the police catch onto him. But Lester is such a push over – can he really keep this up? And for how long? If he’d of grown some balls much earlier on in his life, he wouldn’t have done what he did. Or maybe it was just because of a stupid washer-dryer. I doubt it.

Molly, the deputy policewoman, is one to watch too. I like her bubbly nature and the naive aura to her. I also enjoyed very much the moment she found out what had happened at Lester’s house that all important night. And just a quick mention to Sheriff Bill Oswalt – shit, is that you Saul Goodman? Um, yes it sure hell is. (I’ve watched Breaking Bad and am now currently watching Bob Odenkirk’s portrayal of Saul – now known as Jimmy McGill – in Better Call Saul.)

I digress. But anyway, I’m definitely going to watch the rest of this season. Trust me: if you like crime drama doused with thick dark comedy, you have found your Nirvana right here. Plus, I hear there’s going to be a second season coming out later in the year, so I’m totally psyched!


(Oh dear Lester – didn’t mama ever tell you never to talk to strangers?)