Fargo

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Sometimes there are shows that grip you from the beginning that you just have to watch and sometimes there are shows that you probably don't have to see again, even if they were really good, they just don't have that certain something that makes you want to keep watching. Fargo falls in the first category, it gripped me from the beginning. It's set in winter in a small town in Minnesota and the beautiful frozen landscape shots are more than enough to keep you watching, but that aside, the story is just that fast paced enough to keep you intrigued.

Billy Bob Thornton's character Lorne Malvo is just that perfect mix of scary, creepy and charming (though he does get more sinister as the episodes develop). Martin Freeman's Lester Nygaard is the perfect looser type, but with just enough courage to stand up for himself when it counts that you don't feel too sorry or pitiful for him. As I write this I realise that the creators have also done the same thing with Lester as Lorne, although they are both deeply flawed characters, you find yourself wanting them to get away with everything and end up on top. I do remember the Fargo movie having a non-standard ending so here's hoping the tv series ends up similarly. Allison Tolman is great as the police officer, Molly Solverston, and as much as you want Lester and Lorne to get away with everything you also want Molly to get recognition for her investigative skills. Agh, that is what makes this show so great, the watcher is torn between 'the good guys' and 'the bad guys' (who just might not really be so bad).

Have you watched Fargo? Do find yourself sympathising with Lester or Molly? Do share in the comments below.