The second episode of a new series is always a good indication of the direction the show will be going. The pilot is basically a pitch to the networks and to viewers, highlighting the characters and overall plot. However, the second episode is usually written and shot weeks later, after plenty of conversations and revisions. While Fargo’s pilot was a bit more focused, shocking and dark, the second episode “The Rooster Prince” is filled with the promise of what the show could be. There’s still that tone of dark comedy with characters that are compelling and fun, but the episode wasn’t near as entertaining. Still, there is so much potential for this show to be one of the best on the air. Here are a few of the best and worst moments from the episode:
After last week’s incredible and shocking episode of Game of Thrones, it was expected that the next chapter would be a bit of a cool down. The aftermath of one of the most satisfying deaths in television history should have been more chaotic, with people scrambling to find their place in this new order. However, most the characters seemed to be pretty blasé about the death of their king. It would have been interesting to see one episode of total disorder before everyone got to fixing the kingdom. Still, the episode had its fair share of good and bad moments. Here are the best and worst parts of “Breaker of Chains:”
FX is on a roll. The network has consistently put out quality original television, like Justified, The Bridge, and The Americans. (But let’s ignore Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management.) They take risks in programming and allow the show runners to control their product without too much interference. That’s why it’s safe to start watching any new FX series with high expectations. Fargo, which is loosely based on the Oscar-winning 1996 film, is the newest addition to the stellar FX roster.
Characters Worth Remembering:
- Lester Nygaard: As King of the Sadsacks, Lester (Martin Freeman) is meekness personified. He’s terrible at his job as a low-level insurance agent, his younger brother has succeeded everywhere he has failed, and his wife constantly takes cheap shots at him (even dissing the tie that she bought him.)
- Lorne Malvo: Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is a hitman and a new chaotic element to the sleepy, small town of Fargo, Minnesota. He connects instantly with Lester, perhaps feeling sympathy for his inability to stick up for himself. His ruthless killer mentality is coupled with his blasé reaction to the world around him. Clearly, there’s nothing more exciting to him than fucking with people.
- Vern Thurman: Shawn Doyle plays the beloved police chief with a child on the way. He spends the entire pilot dispensing ominous foreshadowing about his fate.
- Molly Solverson: The good natured police officer and partner of Thurman, as played by Allison Tolman.
- Gus Grimly: Collin Hanks plays a police officer and devoted father from Duluth who doesn’t get much screen time in the pilot but will clearly be an important character. In his limited presence, he pulls over Malvo in his car and gets intimidated into letting him go. He has a daughter who doesn’t show up on screen but still manages to be the most annoying character of the series.
Last week’s premiere of Game of Thrones was a return to what the show does most mediocre. There were overly long scenes featuring the least interesting characters, unnecessary sexposition, and only brief glimpses of the real power players. Worrying for the opening of what should be the most thrilling season of the show yet, to say the least. However, it also did a bit of what it does the best, including the amazing dynamics between fascinating characters like Arya/The Hound, Sansa/Tyrion, and Jamie/Cersei. This week’s episode also served up much of what the show does well and what it does poorly. Here are the best and worst moments of “Lion and the Rose.”
The second half of the fourth season of The Walking Dead has been a mixed bag. On one hand, our core characters have been heading towards a goal (the Terminus promise land) with interesting groupings and jaw dropping reveals. Michonne, Carl, and Rick’s scenes have been particularly enjoyable, as their dynamic is refreshing and fun. The scenes with Carol, Tyrese, and their psychotic band of kids were filled with nail-biting anticipation. However, other groups were more of the same. Was anybody enjoying Daryl and Beth’s quest for hope? Did anybody think Maggie and Glenn weren’t going to meet up in a few episodes? These storylines were without much intrigue, which would be fine if they weren’t in completely isolated episodes from the fascinating groups.
Ready for one of the most horrifying and depressing episode in The Walking Dead history? If you thought the theme of loneliness in the last episode was heartbreaking, you definitely weren’t prepared for what The Grove had to bring. The episode focused solely on Carol, Tyreese, and the three young girls, Lizzie, Mika, and Judith, under their wings.
Where We Begin
The group continues their quest towards the mythic Terminus. It’s been a troubling while since they saw a map and sign leading them, so they take shelter in a rustic home, set with a wire fence and plenty of pecans to eat. They have to decide whether they should just stop there and become a makeshift family. That would mean abandoning the dream of a utopia where there is safety in numbers and hope to see the rest of the prison group again. There’s no guarantee that the house will be safe or that Terminus won’t be another false promise. Tyreese points out that he trusts Carol and cares for the girls, so it may be better to just stay together. Let’s just say that Tyreese’s instincts are terrible.
Welcome to the final episode of True Detective season one, in which you say goodbye to one of the most epic fictional detectives ever and all your fan theories are proven wrong.