I’ve been trying to write all morning about the second episode of FX’s Fargo which aired last night, but it’s like pulling teeth.
I went into the first episode with a deep skepticism based on my unconditional love of Joel and Ethan Coen’s film. After a shaky start, I thought the whole thing went pretty well and, on balance, showed enough promise to look forward to future episodes. At the very least, the developments in the episode seemed to suggest showrunner Noah Hawley intended to pay homage to the Coens while definitively striking out in his own direction.
Last night’s episode definitely left the movie further behind, but rather than head anywhere interesting, it just kind of seemed to wander around in the snow.