As far back as I can remember, dark comedy has been my favorite brand of humor, probably since the day I buried my nose in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, and found myself laughing harder at Monty Python’s Life of Brian than any traditional comedies. From there it was on to Spanking the Monkey, Shallow Grave, a Todd Solondz side trip or two, and of course the Coen Brothers’ Fargo. So when it was first announced, FX was doing a Fargo series with the directors themselves—and only Billy Bob Thornton on board—that was all I needed to hear. Sold.
And then came Martin Freeman. Double-sold. (Is that even a thing? I’m making it a thing.) The FX trailer and drips and drabs they’ve dropped during Justified have left me practically peeing my pants with excitement, and now they’ve gone and loaded up the first seven minutes. As you’ll see, t’s not even a matter of doing as well as or better than the wonderful original cast; it’s a matter of making the show’s cast making this thing their own. And by gum, I think they’ve done it. There’s only a moment or three of Billy Bob (he may be a donkadoodie offscreen, but you can’t deny the dude is a good actor), and then Martin takes over. Just…perfection. Have at it:
Fargo also stars Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg, Joey King and Allison Tolman. The series is written (along with Noah Hawley) and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, and debuts on FX April 15th.