Appassionata Sonata (Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57), First Movement, Allegro Assai
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer not credited
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Well, Fargo fans...some of you seem a bit disappointed. Let's get a few facts straight to begin. This show IS an anthology. These events depicted here are NOT the same as the first two seasons (though they are seemingly connected in some way). At the request of the people who enjoy great television, here you go. Out of respect for fans who haven't seen this episode, I will not spoil anything.
Where to start. If you think of this season on it's own, yes it's a good season of TV. Nothing special, nothing mind-blowing, but still good. When you think back to the very first time you watched the first episode of the first season of "Fargo", what exactly comes to mind? I will let you think about that on your own. Now, move ahead to season 2, a bit more hardcore and thrilling and added the supernatural element, which was great.
And then there is this season. Probably the most "Fargo-esque" season so far when compared to the original movie. I believe people are putting too much emphasis on things that are not necessary to emphasize. And people forget that Joel and Ethan Coen are in fact executive producers of this show. Noah Hawley may come up with the ideas, but they still pull some of the strings. And if you ask me, this episode absolutely crushed it out of the park in terms of doing great justice to the original movie by the Coen Brothers as well as summing up the first three seasons as a whole.
Again, on the surface, it is nothing spectacular, but look a little deeper and it is very good. There is a scene that builds up so intensely you will be on the edge of your seat waiting...and waiting...and waiting. Just when you think you know what is going to happen next, think again..and again...and again..and well...you know by now. Also, the music is amazing (one scene in particular will give you the chills just from the music...if you are in fact a true "Fargo" fan). The cinematography is equally sublime. Pay very close attention to the subtle yet encapsulating dialogue as well (especially near the end of the episode).
I believe this season stands out on its own for many reasons. Starts off with a very similar sequence as to that of the beginning of the original movie and gets into a petty sibling rivalry that sets off a chain of random, violent, and mysterious events. Sometimes we know more than certain characters do, sometimes they know more than us, sometimes none of them know anything we know. How can you not love this if you love the movie? It gets into exactly what the entire purpose of the original movie was and the foundation of which the Coen's are famous for in their work. What is that? Morality. Think about some of their movies. Notice how there is always a lesson to be learned, but we just don't know exactly what it is? You know why? Because that is life. Plain, random, and full of stupid decisions. Nobody is perfect.
Overall, the season does have it's flaws, yes. But the incredible cast makes up for these flaws immensely. Seriously, at least 5 of them are Emmy worthy. I really didn't see a problem with McGregor's accent...for a Scottish actor, I think he did a great job and played dual roles (which had to be shot twice..just a fun fact). Carrie Coon is underused, but is really the heart and soul of the show. Mary Elizabeth Windstead seems to play her role effortlessly. Michael Stuhlbarg, who I had not heard about before this series, is amazing. And, well...David Thewlis is pretty damn incredible and of any of them, deserves that Emmy.
See ya again in a few years Fargo! (Maybe)
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