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Fargo - (S02E04)

Thriller . Drama . Crime

Floyd responds to Kansas City’s proposal, Hanzee takes a road trip, and Lou has a realization.

Episode Title: Fear and Trembling
Airs: 2015-11-02 at 10:00 PM
  • Ellen Gray

    This Fargo, built to last for 10 [hours], allows the drifting menace of Thornton's character to take us for a much twistier slay ride.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Filled with dark humor and a mix of quirky and menacing characters, Fargo blends whimsy and tragedy in a highly watchable mix. It's easily the best produced work ever from writer Noah Hawley.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Fargo's compelling, powerfully entertaining story is as strong as its great performances.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Neither prequel, sequel or remake, this Fargo is instead a tonal accompaniment, a little more than kin, a little less than kind and a whole new breed of television.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    What separates Fargo is the depth of its characterizations and the individuality of its approach.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    For fans of the original movie, there are a number of callbacks to savor.... We're looking forward plenty of long, cold winters.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    The pilot is a trip, with Thornton’s character leaving four bodies in his wake--three of whom he dispatched himself. Each meets his end in an unusual, dramatic and somewhat humorous fashion. It’s just the kind of thing you’d expect from a Coen brothers' product.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    The casting on Fargo is superb, but none more so than Thornton, who is absolutely magnetic as the calm killer with a penchant for wry observation.... The four episodes that FX sent are a testament to Hawley’s bold belief that he could tackle such an original piece of cinema and make it work on the small screen.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The new Fargo bobs, weaves and occasionally unravels a bit. Still, it’s never less than entrancing, with the recurring panoramic shots of an unforgiving deep freeze serving as stolid supporting characters.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    A larger, wholly engrossing story about crime syndicates and hit men. [21 Apr 2014, p.43]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Kevin Fallon

    A perfectly mixed cocktail equally parts menacing and suspenseful, washed down with surprising notes of hilarious satire and pulpy violence, FX’s version of Fargo is most certainly not a pale imitation of the gruesome dark comedy.

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Given how much is right about Fargo, the real reason to watch and keep watching is the storytelling, with more surprises per hour than you can count.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    With an amazing ensemble driven by great performances from top to bottom, an incredibly smart writers’ room, brilliant callbacks to the original that feel more inspired than forced, and a filmmaking style that feels as cinematic as this grand Minnesotan tragedy deserves, Fargo is one of the most addictive new shows of the year. Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The character Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) might remind you of Leland Gaunt of Stephen King’s “Needful Things”: He knows just what words to drop to create mayhem. Freeman is outstanding as the little guy whose one moment of rage has far-reaching consequences.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Over the course of the first four episodes (and hopefully over the remaining six), the TV Fargo establishes itself as its own wonderful thing that is connected to the movie without being a recreation of it, and that doesn't seem unworthy of the name.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    By the third episode, Fargo confidently stretches in a direction that is uniquely satisfying.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Given the welcome arrival of spring, some viewers may not be ready to dive into the wintry expanses of Fargo, but, based on the first few episodes, it will be worth reliving the chill.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    It’s violent in ways you wouldn’t think; daring in areas you couldn’t imagine. It’s not your mother’s Fargo. But it does have the characteristics you’ve come to cherish.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The question of whether Malvo is a Satan or some kind of avenging angel is what helps elevate Fargo above the realm of merely clever black comedy.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Directed by Adam Bernstein, the 90-minute premiere is particularly taut and effective, with three subsequent episodes slightly less so; nevertheless, there’s enough going on (indeed, almost too much) and such a weird string of dominos that it’s hard not to imagine those sampling the opener won’t want to see things through to the finish.

    Variety Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    The show’s pace is slow in spots, but the dark humor and twisted tone make it oddly compelling.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    Fargo the TV series--confident as Lorne Malvo--stands firmly on its own. You betcha it does.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    Fargo is a singular idea with, so far, not-so-singular execution, perhaps suffering from the fact that what was revelatory in 1996 might be just humdrum in 2014.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The film's essential weirdness felt real. The TV series' weirdness is more often just comical (or disgusting. One word: Spiders.)

    Newsday Full Review
  • Karen Valby

    The dark absurdist tone doesn't land quite as cleanly as in the film, and there's the enormous absence of goddess Frances McDormand, who brought such great plainspoken heart to the movie's otherwise bleak landscape.... But do keep watching, because the show boasts unique and satisfying hooks.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Tom Long

    The tone wavers here and there--a pair of teen brothers are too broadly drawn--but holds true for the most part.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    The setting is convincingly snowy and wintry (it was filmed in Calgary, Canada), the writing is clever, and the actors are outstanding.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Diane Garrett

    At times, however, Hawley goes a little too heavy on the quirk, and Thornton, who last regularly appeared on TV in the John Ritter political comedy “Hearts Afire” in the early 1990s, overly indulges in that smirk. Bits between mob enforcers Mr. Numbers (Adam Goldberg) and Mr. Wrench (Russell Harvard) also wear out their welcome. The overall quality of TV's Fargo is high.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Fargo develops into a solid pleasure; it's studded with telling details, excellent performances and satisfying subplots Fargo" develops into a solid pleasure; it's studded with telling details, excellent performances and satisfying subplots.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    As the series itself develops (it was somewhere in episode 3 that I really got on board), all these broad-strokes characters add together into a more complex whole.

    Time Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The pilot can be alienating, and not in a good way. It's often too schematic, too obvious.... The next three episodes get incrementally weirder, stronger, and more original, to the point that you forget to measure this Fargo against its namesake, or against any of the Coens' masterworks, and simply enjoy the odd, sour, frightening, occasionally splendid thing in front of you.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    If you liked the movie, approach the TV show without fear.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Like the movie, the series is peculiar, with an irregular rhythm and lots of black humor, and it is also oddly winning.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    This reprise won’t eclipse memories of the film, but it shouldn’t be automatically discounted. It’s a longer, slower study, suited to a different medium and hitting the same gruesome and all-too-human notes.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    At times, there are actual punch lines in the script and the show veers into "writerly" territory.... But make no mistake: You should overlook the shortcomings and enjoy the series on its own otherwise considerable merits, chief among them, of course, Billy Bob Thornton.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    The singular quality of the Coen Brothers' Fargo was the breathtaking, almost palpable tone it created by threading violence and wit through a staggeringly vapid Midwestern milieu. Fargo the series cannot recapture that fission, but it is enjoyable, funny, and, something TV rarely is, weird.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Fargo commands one's attention in the tradition of a pretty good yet ultimately impersonal beach read, but it offers an unqualified triumph in its reworking of Marge Gunderson, the character Frances McDormand played in the film.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ross Langager

    Hawley’s film noir plot is reasonably Coen-esque in its twists and misunderstandings and character-motivated actions. But it can’t match the extremely particular style of the inimitable and unpredictable Coens, a target Hawley apparently chose for himself and misses by a country mile.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    All of these characters and all of these stories frequently add up to something handsome, funny, and weird. But Fargo is missing the spark of originality that would make it great.

    Slate Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    Only a fool would deny Fargo’s polish and verve, its stylized razzle-dazzle. But, for me at least, after a year of gulping down chili peppers, it takes more to make a meal.

    The New Yorker Full Review

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