The television series, “Fargo,” has picked up its bags and left Bemidji — which made for a strange beat for me in 2014 that included news stories (getting to interview the series’ showrunner Noah Hawley was pretty awesome) and blogs — and is heading back to the 1970s and down to my old stomping grounds of Southwest Minnesota for more crime, blood, madness and goofy Minnesotan accents (Luverne, Minn. and Sioux Falls, S.D. are not too far from Worthington, where I lived and worked for two years).
As I’ve written before, the second season hones in on the thing Lou Solverson (Keith Carradine) kept bringing up in the first season — a wretched massacre (bodies were “stacked so high you could’ve climbed to the second floor”) in 1979 in Sioux Falls, S.D. that continued to haunt him three decades later (2006, which season one takes place). So we get a young Lou (Patrick Wilson) dealing with that in a post-Watergate/Vietnam and pre-Reagan America and all that entails.
The second season begins Monday (Oct. 12) and unfortunately, I do not have wiggle room Monday nights to live tweet the goings on in the world of “Fargo,” a world that was created by Joel and Ethan Coen in their 1996 award winning film of the same name. I had a blast doing it last time around, but it is simply not possible for the second season.
I do plan on writing up the episode reviews like last time, complete with my thoughts on the episodes and the random observations that include Minnesota landmarks, WTF moments in the show, how well the actors/actresses pull off the ridiculous accents, and so forth. Those should be up on Tuesday mornings/afternoons. The reviews from the last time around allowed me to interact with people from all over about the show, which was pretty fun. And I hope we can continue the digital water cooler conversations for the new season.
Here are the links to Season One’s Reviews: