Fargo: Memorable Moments from the Pilot “The Crocodile’s Dilemma”

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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.

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Game of Thrones: The Best and Worst of “Lion and the Rose”

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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.”

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “A”

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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.

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “The Grove”

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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.

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True Detective: Memorable Moments from “Form and Void”

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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.

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The Walking Dead Episode Review “Alone”

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Would the writer who decided that Beth and Daryl together were an interesting pairing please step forward? I have a strongly worded letter to hand you. This is the third episode where they’ve been heavily featured. Yet, nothing of significance has really happened before tonight. I’m all about the character development but it needs to be dispersed with some plot as well.

“Alone” is following last week’s episode that was declared by many, namely me, to be the most boring episode the show has ever produced. That’s why it was so disappointing to see the duo pop up again in the very next episode, while Team Grimes is still MIA.

If they were at least heading towards Terminus, like every other character, it would feel like their meandering was leading somewhere. So far this season they’ve escaped from groups of walkers and bit at each other, but really were just hopping from random setting to random setting.

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The Americans: Memorable Moments from “Cardinal”

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What do you need to know about tonight’s episode of The Americans? What were the best moments? Everything you need to know is here.

Plot:

After the mysterious murders of fellow spies, Emmett, Leanne, and their daughter Amelia, things are tenser than ever with the Jennings. Elizabeth is on the constant look out for threats, even from the supposed safety of her home. She distrustfully eyes everybody, from maintenance men across the street to cars following her on the highway. While Phillip is away, she is forced to do double duty as mom and spy. A green Nicaraguan spy calls for help after her date with a future senator and possible asset goes wrong when he overdoses on cocaine. Elizabeth helps her out by saving his life, his career, and the young woman’s hold on him. Elizabeth knew what it was like to be as inexperienced and afraid as this poor young spy and is starting to yet again feel that fear. She later tells Phillip that she always knew she could end up like Emmett and Leanne, but she never considered that her children could be collateral damage.

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