Fargo (Season 3) – Not Bad

Rating (3 out of 5)

Summary: As compared to Season 1 and Season 2, Season 3 of “Fargo” delivers another enjoyable set of episodes, although the weakest of the 3 seasons. Yet the wife and I binged the Season over a few days, speaking to the outstanding quality of all 3 seasons. Like other seasons, Season 3 provides a steady theme. Season 3 explores the theme of facts versus how someone. Additionally, watching the main characters implode was hard not to watch. The predictable implosions motivated the viewer to watch until the end.

Plot: Two Brothers Emmitt Stussy (Ewan McGregor) and Ray Stussy (also Ewan McGregor) have vastly different lives and a lingering disagreement remains about who should own the 2 cent stamp. Emmitt discovers he borrowed money from the mob represented by V.M. Vargo (David Thewlis) and the mob has plans for Emmitt’s company. Who will survive?

Detail: One episode follows the case to Los Angeles to follow a victim’s past. They interweave the victim’s book into the episode, which made the episode a little strange. In the end, the lead turned out to be a wild goose chase. The individual episode felt like a distraction rather than a critical component to the overall season.

The struggle between the brothers carries over to Emmitt’s best friend Sy (Michael Stuhlbarg) and Ray’s fianće Nikki (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), both of whom escalate the tensions. The two brothers want to make amends, but their representatives keep escalating the battle. You want to watch the season to see if the brothers can engage in a straight-forward and candid conversation and resolve their problems peacefully.

A character (one of the few that survives) from Season 1 returns through a fun sequence of actions. His role in the remaining episodes added a delightful touch to the season. In addition to the return of this character, V.M. Varga’s associates add the “Fargo” quirky criminal element. Like previous episodes, you wonder if they can ever be stopped.