Fargo continues the slow burning plot this week. Freeman takes a back seat whilst the story focuses on the police and Malvo’s respective cases. The production values were as fantastic as last week, with sound and cinematography both adding to the palpable tension.
The other new character to be introduced is Stavros Milos (played by Oliver Platt) the “King” of Minnesotan Supermarkets. Milos is yet another character in the long line of sleazy, villainous scumbags that appears to make up a noticeable portion of the series cast. His shady dealings, and relationship with Malvo (Thornton) don’t suggest things are going to end well for him, or his associates.
The remainder of the Police Force’s story line focuses on the deaths of the previous week. The plot focuses on the different conclusions that have been drawn from various witness statements and evidence. The divide between Molly (Tolman) and Olson (Odenkirk) does seem a little ridiculous, both are aware of the links between Freeman’s character and the murders, but Olson’s decision to completely dismiss the links due to him and Nygaard being childhood friends makes it feel like a contrivance to help build the tension more. It works for now, but the possibility of the writers re-iterating the point too much still lingers.
Malvo seems to be sharing many qualities seen in a dour Moriarty from BBC’s Sherlock. His ability to read people, and subtle hints of the unfortunate consequences that would befall anyone who decides to prevent him from doing his job and getting what he wants, border on the sociopathic. It remains to be seen what he does, or who his employers are, but it does not take a great leap of faith to suggest that Malvo and Hess share a mutual friend…