Howard Zimmerman, a conman and supposed movie producer, at one point in the episode of Fargo titled “The Law of Non-Contradiction” explains life through the lens of quantum physics. He says we’re nothing but particles floating through space and that the only times we ever feel really alive are when we have special connections with people that we meet. Synapses fire. Something happens. It’s the only thing that shakes us out of the illusion of life and we fully experience it.
Since I was a kid, and up to today, I have a few movies on reserve that I use to fall asleep to. I call them “Sleepy Time” VHS’s. A Sleepy Time VHS doesn’t have to be necessarily comforting by design, it’s just something that’s comforting to you. There’s something about the hum of the tape inside the VCR, combined with the familiarity of the musical cues and the dialogue that helps you sleep. It’s like falling asleep to an old friend who’s telling you a story you’ve heard a million times, and never get tired of.
We all have our favorites. These are some of mine.
Fargo’s second season works on multiple levels. It works as a prequel and a tie-in to the first season, which itself tied in nicely into the universe of the original and classic movie. It also works as a story about the craft of storytelling, and the very nature of fiction and narrative.
The movie and the television show’s first season both began with the title card reading, “This is a true story…” and informs us that only the names have been changed, but the rest of the story occurs exactly as it happened.