Shows like True Detective that pull us into their rabbit holes are hard to come by. How many television series can you think of that have led you to seek out answers outside of the episodes themselves? How many shows have inspired you to really dig in, read theories, come up with your own? How often do we get a television show that actually challenges us, that actually puts our lousy liberal arts degrees to use? Since Lost? Maybe three or four, tops. Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Sherlock and True Detective. Maybe Justified or Game of Thrones on occasion (at least they’re based on novels).
I have a sneaking suspicion the next great series may be just around the corner, premiering in April, in fact. What is it? FX’s Fargo, a series that was initially met with great skepticism (in fact, the an attempt to get a drama based on the Coen Brothers’ movie off the ground failed several years ago), but that has morphed into a great possibility. Why? Because the Coen Brothers have given it their blessing. Because while many of the characters and the setting are the same as the movie, the storyline is not. Because the cast — Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Kate Walsh, Bob Odenkirk, Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt — is outstanding, and because it’s on FX, which has not yet failed us in the drama department.
I have high hopes, and the series for very short teasers for the series — which give nothing away — have increased those hopes. The four teasers start slow, but by the fourth clip I was in. It’s gonna be f**king fantastic.
Start working on your theories.