If you're a fan of the 1996 cult classic Fargo (and who isn't? It's the funniest movie of all time), you might want to check out FX's TV series based on the film. The series, which premiered last Tuesday to 2.65 million viewers, will run as a 10-episode limited series.
Somewhat disappointingly, the series does not feature any of the original cast or characters, instead starring Billy Bob Thornton as drifter Lorne Malvo and featuring top-notch actors such as Martin Freeman (aka Dr. Watson from BBC's #Sherlock), Bob Odenkirk and Kate Walsh. However, despite the tragic lack of Frances McDormand and Steve Buscemi, the show is quite promising so far, successfully recreating the darkly comic and parodic tone that made the original so darn brilliant. Thornton is skin-crawlingly creepy and hilarious, and the first episode offered no shortage of the oddly entertaining violence and over-the-top Minnesota vernacular which was so beloved by devotees of the film.
As a big Fargo fan, I was skeptical. In the film and television world it's often ill-advised to mess with a good thing (I still haven't forgiven Steve Martin for the Pink Panther remake), but it seems that, with the Coen Brother's support, FX has so far been able to capture the essence of the original. Let's hope that the series doesn't fall flat over the next 9 episodes.
What do you think, does the Fargo series do justice to the original? Will you be tuning in for the next episode?