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In 1996, a manipulative drifter preys upon a small-town insurance salesman in the opener of this adaptation. Deputy Molly Solverson and Duluth police officer Gus Grimly team up to solve a series of murders they believe may be linked to Malvo and Nygaard. Fargo features a new “true crime” story and new characters, all entrenched in the humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that made the film a classic.
There are some amazing moments in this episode, some I will come back to for a long time to come. But the connective tissue between them left me a bit unsure of what the whole thing was meant to add up to.
Whereas Fargo the movie felt like more of a fable, its televised spawn is a sprawling, allegorical quilt. "Morton's Fork," per its titular namesake, delivers comeuppance without offering easy answers to the series' deeper concerns.