Thought on Fargo, the TV series.

God is not mocked. Nor is He bargained with. But the man who loves his neighbor as himself might just walk through the valley of the shadow of death and make it to the other side.


  1. A friend recommended it for the same reasons you mentioned but the show overall didn’t work for me. It had a whole bunch of religious symbolism & talk but it seemed either randomly thrown about or too obvious. Dunno, maybe I’d think differently if I’d cared about the characters more.

    • Matthew Lickona says

      Hm; if you didn’t care about the deputy, then yeah, I think it’d be tough to stay with it. But I thought the religious stuff was far from random, insofar as the great theme was the question of whether man is a savage animal like any other or maybe something else. And along that line, the scene where the Jew confronts Malvo was pretty fantastic, I thought.

      • She was alright. But Tom Hanks jr, his precocious daughter, his wise Jewish friend, Carradine, the two thugs (aka the Pianist & Jeremiah Johnson), Freeman’s awkward guy act, Odenkirk’s dopey guy act, even Billy Bob playing a chipper Anton Chigurth just hit all the wrong notes for me. Thanks for your thoughts in any case!

  2. Our Man in Inglewood says

    Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children.

  3. Well, so far the past year and a half might qualify as the second worst 3 years in my life, although this time around, almost everything that seemed calamitous at first turned out really well.


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