Fargo Somebody To Love Review
Written by Noah Hawley
Directed By Keith Gordon
Emmit Stussy/Ray Stussy: Ewan McGregor
Gloria Burgle: Carrie Coon
VM Varga: David Thewlis
Nicki Swango: Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Meemo: Andy Yu
Yuri: Goran Bogdan
Officer Lopez: Olivia Sandoval
Sy Feltz: Michael Stuhlbarg
Maurice LeFay: Scoot McNairy
Mr. Wrench: Russell Harvard
Ruby Goldfarb: Mary McDonnell
Chief Dammick: Shea Whigham
Larue Dollars: Hamish Linklater
In a season that gave us a lot to look forward to, the finale felt lacking. I say that being a huge fan of the season astonished by how little lulls season three Fargo had, despite at first not enjoying episode three. Somebody To Love is a fitting end to the story of which we’ve all grown attached.
The Pen Is Mightier…
Opening on the signing of documents highlights the evil committed throughout this season. The pen truly is mighty. With the stroke of each pen, a new layer is stripped to reveal a rotten center on Larue’s behalf. For Varga, Emmit’s pen adds new layers, stripping away Stussy Lots to a pile of nothing.
Fargo focused very little on racking up a large body count, instead, showing the destruction of a different kind. Where Lorne Malvo in season one and Mike Milligan in season two relied on both their cunning and brute force, Varga, a villain unlike anyone in Fargo, relied on his cunning and sharp tongue. Always owning every situation and walking into rooms with bravado, Varga was a character that was seldom intimidated until his meeting with Nicki part way through Aporia.
The slow building of tension with Varga and his henchmen entering an abandoned storage facility is Keith Gordon’s attempt at a psychological thriller. Each precautionary step Varga takes within the warehouse shows a level of apprehension expressed with such conviction from David Thewlis.
Gordon’s use of camera movement is subtle, slowly moving with Meemo and his crew until a large sweeping movement pans to show distance and a slight gist of nervousness. Then, the slow reveal of Mr. Wrench from a storage locker, slowly revealing himself like the shark from Jaws. Varga’s eyes show fear. His backing into the calmness of the elevator was like a horror movie victim finding safety from a monster.
Than The Sword
As Varga states in the fourth episode, Fargo season three is about the financial crisis of 2008. The less fortunate taking over and parading the streets with pitchforks and torches looking for those in the top one percent. It’s all about the dichotomy of wealth and class structure made evident by the blue-collar truck Nicki pulls up in behind Emmit’s $90,000 car.
“Are you as low as you can go?” Nicki says brandishing a sawed-off shotgun. What doesn’t sit right with me is her apprehension to shoot Emmit, yet she doesn’t hesitate to shoot the state trooper. It felt out of character for her. Though, leaving Emmit in the middle of the chaos shows his willingness to participate in such dirty deeds and his unwillingness to follow through with them. His standing between the law and crime is a sign. Though he changes his life for the better, his sins were never forgotten as Mr. Wrench completes Nicki’s unfinished job.
Ending the very same way it began, Fargo’s final moments hinders on the audience’s perception. For most of the season, Gloria has been stymied, pushed down, unable to shine through, while Varga utilizes his cunning and quick thinking to come out on top. It’s a cat-and-mouse game between those two characters and depends on the viewer’s perception of that scene and those characters to determine what will happen next. Like the opening scene in the first episode of the season, the question of whether the man sitting in the seat, interrogated by a German officer, is guilty. Yet, as the series moves forward. That scene becomes less and less ambiguous.
The same could be said about those final moments. Having risen through the ranks from a local police officer to Homeland Security, it’s a safe bet to consider she maintains an upper-hand. However, we don’t know the pull and reach Varga has outside the country. And with the time jump five years into the future, his resources may have gotten the extra boost it needed to remain untouchable.
Somebody to Love is a perfect end to a near-perfect season. It ties up a lot of loose ends and yet still remains ambiguous with what may happen next. Does good prevail, or does evil stand tall?