Fargo S2 Finale Open Thread
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Thus ends what is probably one of my favorite seasons of TV of all time. Simply superb.
But this being the internet and all, I’m going to start out with a minor complaint.
According to this, Hanzee does in fact become Tripoli from season 1.
This last-minute twist is where the otherwise sure-footed show became too clever by half, and makes little sense to me, for several reasons.
One: Native American Hanzee becoming a white man would not only be exceedingly-difficult to pull off via plastic surgery; but Hanzee has given no indication he WISHES to be white, and in fact Hanzee’s betrayal of the Gerhardts and killing spree appears to be sparked in part by him snapping from a lifetime of racist treatment. (He also said he was ‘tired of this life’, though I suppose he could get back into crime, as a way of repaying the debt for his new identity.)
Two: the personality of ‘Tripoli’ in S1 seems to have little in common with taciturn Hanzee’s – and, S1 ‘Tripoli’, also looks A LOT like the guy providing Hanzee the Tripoli ID papers here – why would Hanzee choose to look like his benefactor? It would make more sense to me that S1 ‘Tripoli’ simply reclaimed the fake identity from Hanzee at some later point, and also quoted Hanzee’s speech.
Three, the Fargo mob (with whom the Gerhardts were presumably affiliated, and who appear to have provided the new ‘Tripoli’ identity for Hanzee) would likely learn of Hanzee’s treachery to the Gerhardts via Peggy’s court testimony, which would include the murder of Dodd, at minimum. Even assuming the Fargo mob didn’t have an issue with Hanzee’s treachery itself (maybe they wanted the Gerhardts gone), it would make Hanzee seem untrustworthy, which would prevent him from rising up in the ranks.
With that out of the way, all the things that went phenomenally right.
The cinematography (the shot of Simone’s corpse was absolutely gorgeous).
The music (“War Pigs”! Hell yeah!)
The acting (if your heart didn’t break when poor delusional Peggy’s did upon realizing Ed was not coming back, I don’t know that you HAVE one).
The re-emphasis of Fargo and Coen themes, juxtaposing a meaningless and absurd and violent and depraved universe against simple human kindness and decency – you gotta TRY, don’t’cha, to keep pushing that rock up that hill. That’s your privilege.
The way the season in general treated the Coen universe (and other films and shows) almost like a master crate-digging DJ would, telling its story while seamlessly weaving in ‘samples’, such as the the episode-opening Molly narration, lifted wholesale from Raising Arizona, or Mike Milligan getting Vic Mackey’d at the end.
And about Mike Milligan, and his “no more German food – we’re gonna get some AMERICAN food up in here” – couldn’t help thinking of him bemusedly viewing the Gerhardt’s very German eagle family crest, and the Nazi film Peggy had seen, and Hank’s WWII stories.
The Nazis tried to rule for a thousand years via brute violence and white-race superiority.
Arkin’s mob boss seemed to be telling Mike, “Welcome to the American Century (or Decade), Mr. Milligan, and here’s your office (with Selectric!) – we care only about the color green here”.
What’d y’all think?