SEASON TWO, EPISODE TEN- "Palindrome"
Some of you who have seen both seasons of "Fargo" so far, but I just realized something tonight. Lou Solverson was in the first season. I didn't realize it until tonight, when Solverson's wife is talking about the dream she had, and how she looked into the future and saw Lou's children and grandchildren. Then we see Alison Tolman and Colin Hanks, the two stars from the first season. Two of the few people who actually made it out of the first season alive. It finally clicked, Lou Solverson in his youth is played by Patrick Wilson, while the older Solverson was played by Keith Carradine. Yes, I didn't make that jump until this season. But it was a fun revelation.
I remember the first season pretty well, and the chief things I remember about it was how the last episode of the season ended with a bang. Also, everything felt like it had closure, and it seemed the season finale of the first season had a nice bow wrapped around it when it was finished. I am not sure I would say the same about season two. This season's finale had a much quieter ending, and that part I didn't have much problem with. I mean, there was a HUGE shootout last week, how can you follow up with that? Well, one way they could have is if they put some decent closure on this season. Yes, Peggy Blumquist gets apprehended, and she stands trial for killing Rye. Yes, Hanzee doesn't end up killing her. While it was sad to see Ed die, at least Peggy didn't get a gun to the face by Hanzee.
But Hanzee himself? He's still out there. I kind of wish there was some sort of closure on his character, but he goes from targeting the Blumquists, to deciding to go back to targeting the Kansas City Mob. And for what purpose? He murdered his boss last week, he murdered his boss' son the week before that. Why does he keep switching sides? What is Hanzee's thought process? There was a vague explanation for his behavior last week, but is that seriously all we get? For a show that is known for its bloodletting, let Hanzee walk away without much explanation for his thought process was a tad disappointing.
I also wish there was a more satsifying ending for Mike Miligan. Bokeem Woodbine just had the character of his career, and I wish he went out better than he did. Sure, he didn't die. But the best that could happen was that he got a freaking desk job in a more covert side of the Kansas City Mob? That's the best they could come up with? The most awesome and lethal badass in the entire season gets a desk job for all his hard work? Man, I wish he was given a little more.
Oh, and don't get me started on the UFO's. Where those just supposed to be some kind of joke?
It was definitely a chatty finale. Lots of discussing of themes with undertones of the characters feelings. Lots of reflection of what happened over the course of the season. Honestly, they could have ended the season last week and just made it two hours long last week. This finale felt like filler for nothing. It felt like a bunch of deleted scenes from last week's episode. Most of all, it felt like it lacked any sort of closure for the most part. That wouldn't be horrible if this show was designed like a regular show. But its not, its an anthology. It is going to have a different story next season. Unless FX decides to drop that platform and actually move ahead next season with Hanzee, Mike and whomever else. But that would just be odd. Still, this is a show that's hard to compete with compared to other shows out there.
What did everyone else think?