Monday, November 23, 2015

TV REVIEW- "Fargo" (Season Two, Episode Seven)



The turf war between the Kansas City Mob and the Gerhardt family continues to rage in the North Dakota. It is going less than well for the Gerhardt family. So much so that Floyd Gerhardt, mother and acting leader of the family has made an alliance with the North Dakota State Police department in an effort to destroy what is left of the Kansas City Mob in the state. There is a great exchange between Sheriff Solverston and Mike Milligan (Bokeem Woodbine). Both of have arguably been the two best characters on the show, and every time they are together on screen is special. But for now, it seems one side is finally going to make some moves in order to win this turf war.

The reason why the Kansas City Mob has been so successful in their war against the Gerhardt's is because of a dissenter on the other side. I haven't really talked much about Simone Gerhardt, the daughter of Bear Gerhardt. She hasn't done much on the show so far, except she has had a run-in with Mike Milligan, and they are having an affair. An affair that brought Simone secretly over to the other side, feeding the Kansas City Mob information on the Gerhardt's. Milligan and his crew are always one step ahead of the Gerhardts. I think Rachel Keller, who plays Simone does a wonderful job with her role, she's just never done anything super substantial. So that is why I didn't find her death all that emotional. Her father finds out that she is having an affair with Milligan on the other side, so he drives out in the middle of nowhere to kill her. Again, they play it up like its a big deal, but since Simone is here and there, and not as prominent as some other characters I could name, so her death didn't mean too much to me. Sure, it makes Milligan mad, who is already receiving heat from down south for not ending this war quicker. I just wish they gave Keller more of a character to play, all this time she felt more like an afterthought.

One character that stood out was Betsy Solverson, played by Cristin Milioti. She is the wife of Sheriff Solverson. It was actually Betsy who found the gun used in the murders at the diner in episode one or two. She too has been a character committed to the background. As Lou Solverson has been out of city, she has been by herself. But she isn't helpless. We see that she can load and properly hold a shotgun. Nevertheless, Lou has Karl Weathers look after her while he's away, which leads to some more humorous scenes by Nick Offerman. Offerman really stood out last week, and while he isn't a huge presents in this episode, he has several funny scenes that I truly enjoyed.

With all of this going on, I was wondering whatever happened to the Blumquists. They are fine. They are together on the run. They also have Dodd Gerhardt in their trunk however.

It was a bit of a slow episode tonight, but it felt like a breath between what has happened so far, and will close this season out. This has been a good one overall, and I can't help but smile when I heard today that "Fargo" will be getting a third season.

What did everyone else think?

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