FARGO “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” Premiere Episode Recap
Aww Jeez, the premiere of FX’s Fargo has come and it delivered just what you’d expect from a show that’s based on the film. Blood….blood…and more blood, along with an epic Billy Bob Thornton haircut. Seriously, it’s something special and completely adds to his character…..but back to the show, it’s based on the Coen Brother’s classic film, with a whole new cast and new situations. It’s said to be the next series of craziness after what happened in the film. One of the great things about this series is that is sticks to the Coen Brother’s theme from the film with the vast amount of snow and plain scenery, awesome quirky characters and weird murders!
This premiere episode did a great job in introducing many of the characters we will be seeing throughout the 10 part series. It’s got a cast that completely delivers especially Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. Martin Freeman is so believable with the Minnesotan accent that I literally almost forgot he’s British (yeah he’s British for those of you who didn’t know!). Billy Bob Thornton and his awesome haircut are so creepy and great that he just might show up in your nightmares! Now, to recap the show in general:
We get introduced to Billy Bob Thornton’s character Lorne Malvo first in the beginning as he’s driving his car and hits a deer causing a crazy crash. Then we see a semi naked man hop out of his trunk and run away. Lorne gets up and goes over to the deer and gives it a creepy look. Then we get introduced to Martin Freeman’s character Lester Nygaard and his nagging wife Pearl. She’s just annoyingly making Lester feel awful, because of all his shortcomings. We also see him get annoyed with their washing machine that sounds like it’s not working. Lester is an insurance salesman who by all the nagging from his wife, is not a very good. At one point, Lester is by himself and suddenly we meet Sam Hess, who begins to pester Lester and brings up childhood stuff including hooking up with his now wife. He’s also trying to make his two moron kids proud. Then as Sam raises his fist and acts as if he is really going to punch Lester, he moves quick and Lester turns around so fast that he hit his face into a window and ends up in a hospital waiting room……and to his left is Lorne.
Lorne asks Lester what happened and Lester proclaims that it was a misunderstanding. They continue to have a conversation when Lester brings up Sam and the past and all the bullying Sam would do to him. Lorne then out of the blue offers to kill Sam. Lester, obviously caught off guard and creeped out, thinks Lorne is joking but he actually isn’t. As one of the nurses continuously calls Lester’s name, Lorne tells Lester that it’s a simple yes or no to kill Sam. Lester doesn’t give him a legit answer. We see Lorne giving Lester a look that proves that he’s going to most likely kill Sam. We then meet Molly and Vern, police officers for the Bemidji police department. Molly finds the car Lorne abandoned on the side of the road and then Vern checks the trunk and they see the deer Lorne hit inside of it. They then start to look at the footprints that were left at the scene and they end up finding the naked man completely frozen and dead. Molly seems like she[‘s just learning the ins and outs of being a police officer by writing down everything and all the advice she gets from Vern. Vern also does a good job helping her realize she’s going to be a good police offier. We also see Vern with his wife who is pregnant. They seem to be having a hard time picking out a color for the nursery and they have a really cute relationship.
Lorne actually goes to visit Sam at his garage and the entire exchange is one of the most awkward things ever. He has a conversation with Sam’s sons at first and completely creeps them out, then Sam comes down with some other guys and threatens Lorne since he looks as if he’s weird. Lorne criticizes Sam’s son’s and Sam restraints himself although he wants to hurt Lorne. Sam asks Lorne for the 90th time why he’s here and Lorne says he just wanted to get a look at him and leaves. Now, to one of the biggest moments from the premiere…when Sam visits a gentleman’s club he grabs one of the women and takes them to the back. They begin to get it on, and then we suddenly see Lorne in the frame and then Sam begins spitting out blood on the stripper. He then collapses on top of her and we see that Lorne stabbed him in the head. Molly, Verne and we get introduced to Deputy Bill Oswalt played by Bob Odenkirk, who seems to be one of those officers who can’t stand blood or guts or gore get to the scene.