SEASON 2, EPISODE 2-"BEFORE THE LAW"
With a season full of great actors, I am blown away that it is Bokeem Woodbine who is really sticking out. I have always liked Bokeem as an actor, and I don't think he's really done anything bad. But, he's really something here. He has two big, character-crunching scenes in tonights episode that was an absolute blast. Bokeem Woodbine is going to be the one to look for here. He plays a member of the Kansas City Mob, the criminal organization trying to buy out our coercion family in North Dakota. The Kansas City Mob is also very interested in the murders from last episode, because it can help them get a foot over the family. Bokeem visits a typewriter seller who came into contact with Rye Gerhardt (Kieran Culkin) before he murdered the judge. The way Bokeem goes about getting the information is both intimidating and fun, and the sociopathic glee Bokeem displays is amazing. He also has a verbal stand-off with the sheriff played by Ted Danson, and again he steels the scene. I love his Midwesteren accent, I love his play on language. Bokeem is crafting the best character of the show so far, and I can't wait to see what he's up to next week.
Not much new is revealed this week. The Blomquists are trying to get rid of Gerhardt's body. The Gerhardt family is trying figure what to do next to hold their power, with the Kansas City Mob closing in. State Trooper Solverson is hot on the trail. What makes the episode fun is how confident the show is, and how smart the writing is. There is a slight wedge of dark humor that I find absolutely lovable. I also love that the show holds the movie's style without becoming a gimmick completely. I am very much invested in what is going on with these characters, and its only the second episode of the series. I also love the "24" style bit near the end, as split screens show us what each character is up to right before the big cliffhanger to end the episode. I know it sounds silly, but it was wisely profound. The cast is crushing it all over the place, and they are really becoming their characters fast.
The second season has a lot to live up to and I am hoping it can do it. So far, I don't think it has anything to worry about. It already looks like a worthwhile season.
What did everyone else think?