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Fargo Review: Top Ten Moments of Season One
Fargo has been one of those shows that I’ve wanted to watch for such a long time, but every time I go to start it another show comes along that piques my interest a little more. Well, that is no longer true, because I finally started last week and I regret every time I’ve ever pushed this show away for another! I just finished season one and will begin season two immediately, but before I did I wanted to discuss some of my favorite moments from season one (in no particular order).
Fargo’s Snow Storm Shootout
This scene actually spread across two episodes if I’m not mistaken. I thought it was a really cool concept to have this epic battle between Malvo, Molly, Gus, Mr. Numbers, and Mr. Wrench. Not to mention, the fact that Gus ended up shooting Molly was a really nice twist that also makes all the sense (LOL). There was also an extremely grisly death in Malvo slitting Mr. Numbers’ throat, which added the touch of darkness that was needed for this scene.
Lester’s Revenge on Sam Hess
This was a long con, but I absolutely LOVED it. I was somewhat confused at first as to why Lester wanted to be the one to deliver the papers to Mrs. Hess. But then, as he was taking good ol’ Gina Hess on a trip to pound town, we see Lester staring down the photo of the deceased Mr. Hess and his wife. It was so fitting for the picture to fall and break right as Lester was wrapping up the deed as well. Good for Lester, ya know.
Malvo’s Hair Transition
Even with how great of a job Billy Bob Thornton did with Lorne Malvo, his hair in the first seven episodes was absolutely horrendous. It made the character look like such a creep, which was probably the whole point, but it irked me every time it was on screen. When Malvo came back as the fun-loving dentist and had that full head of salt and pepper hair I was filled with an endless joy knowing I wouldn’t have to see that awful bowl cut again. It really makes him look like an entirely different person, which once again, was the entire point.
The Mail Scene With Malvo
This was just an excellent piece of work on the writers part here as Malvo schools the mail man while attempting to get a package from his employer. “No, highly irregular is the time I found a foot in a toaster oven.” What a classic Malvo line! This was very early on in the season too so it was a great catalyst to drive home how witty and out there Malvo truly was.
Malvo’s First Speech to Gus
There was something about Malvo calmly telling Gus that he was making a mistake that really had me nervous for the friendly cop. It was really an incredible little exchange between the two… just read through it and let what Malvo says seek deep into your bones.
Malvo: “We could do it that way. You ask me for my papers. I tell you it’s not my car, that I borrowed it… See where things go from there. We could do that. Or you could go get in your car and drive away.”
Gus: “And why would I do that?”
Malvo: Because some roads you shouldn’t go down. Because maps used to say, “There be dragons here.” Now they don’t. But that don’t mean the dragons aren’t there.
Gus: Step out of the car please Sir.”
Malvo: How old’s your kid? Let me tell you what’s gonna happen… Officer Grimly. I’m going to roll my window up, then I’m going to drive away, and your’e gonna go home to your daughter, and every few years, you’re gonna look at her face and know that you’re alive because you chose not to go down a certain road on a certain night, that you chose to walk into the light instead of into the darkness.”
How terrifying is that!? It was our first glimpse into the true evil Malvo brought to Fargo season one, and the crazy thing is that it only got more intense from him after this.
The Fargo Building Massacre
What a magnificent piece of art this was. I don’t think I have ever witnessed any television or movie scene shot in this fashion. The fact that we were slowly making our way up with Malvo while simultaneously not seeing anything was soooo nail-biting. Hearing the screams of the terrified office workers mixed with the firing of multiple guns added to the mysteriousness of this scene as well. And to top it all off, we got to see Malvo shoot one of the bad guys out of a fourth floor window before proceeding to escape right out from under the FBI’s nose.
The “Frank Peterson” Interview
How hilarious was this scene!? I was laughing so hard watching Billy Bob, A.K.A Malvo, pretend to be this saintlike little church goer when we damn well knew he was a violent, murderous criminal. He of course was going to have some sort of backup story for whenever he was caught, but this one was just absolute perfection. Plus, we also got some more unusual banter between Gus and Malvo here, which leads to the very solid shades of green riddle that Gus eventually solves (but doesn’t explain what he thinks it means).
The Elevator of Death
This scene was one of the best in my opinion because it showed how talented Malvo was AND that he could flip the switch between funny, loving actor dentist and cold-blooded killer just like that. It was actually very disturbing how easy it was for that switch to flip. This, of course, finally brought the two greatest characters of the show back together and led to quite the interesting storyline within the final two episodes.
The Events that Transpire at Lester’s House
I’m not even sure where to begin here. We know the second that Malvo shows interest in the undercover cop car at the dealership that things are probably heading south for our two FBI agents. The way Malvo lured them out of their car was pure genius, and their deaths were quick and graphic. Our villain then easily breaks into Lester’s house, where it appears Lester is attempting to hide, and rather poorly, from Malvo. But whatya know, it was actually a ruse set by Lester to lure Malvo into the bear trap! This then leads to the escape of Malvo, which leads us to my final favorite moment of the season…
Malvo and Lester’s Deaths
Even though they were two of the best characters in the show, these deaths were well deserved. Both men were monsters and died in rather fitting manners. I really appreciated that Gus was the one to take out Malvo, especially since Gus was the first to truly receive a threat from Malvo back in episode one. It looked like it was hard for Gus to shoot Malvo five or six times, but it was something that needed to be done to bring protection back to his family. Then we have Lester, who either drowned or froze to death while fleeing from the cops. Even though I was kind of rooting for him to escape, it was nice to have such sweet justice brought down on someone who could lie, manipulate, and murder as easy as he did. All in all a fantastic ending to the first season!
Well that’s that. Be sure to leave comments below to all of your favorite moments from Fargo season one! Thanks again for reading, and for more of my original content head on over to DustyPosts (be on the lookout for more Fargo posts soon). Anyways, I’m off to start season two, wish me luck!