Three years after the less-than-popular season 4 ended, Fargo, the award-winning series inspired by the works of the Coen Brothers, has finally returned to our screens. The anthology show’s fifth season was primarily written by its creator Noah Hawley. It is set in the quaint town of Scandia, Minnesota, where a seemingly normal housewife is actually anything but.
Where can you watch Fargo season 5 in the UAE?
Fargo season 5 is now streaming on Starzplay in the UAE. Subscribing to Starzplay is AED 39.99 per month but you can often find deals and discounts that lower the price considerably.
The events of the season start in the middle of a riot at a school board meeting in Scandia in the fall of 2019. This is the closest the series ever came to our contemporary times.
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We don’t know how a school board meeting descended into violence in the first place, but in the middle of the chaos, housewife Dot (played by Juno Temple) accidentally uses her taser on a police officer and finds herself arrested by Deputy Indira Olmstea (Richa Moorjani). On account of Dot’s arrest, a series of bizarre and increasingly more violent events start plaguing the otherwise charming community.
Someone attempts to kidnap Dot from her home, but she puts up a serious fight before escaping and saving state trooper Witt’s (Lamorne Morris) life in the process. When she makes her way home, Dot denies the kidnapping happened at all, raising more suspicion.
During the first few episodes, we meet the major players, including Dot’s loyal and gullible husband, Wayne (David Rysdahl), and his ruthless billionaire mother, who happens to hate her daughter-in-law, Lorraine (Jennifer Jason Leigh). As the owner of a debt collection agency, Lorraine wants to protect her wealth and seeks help from her fixer/lawyer, Danish (Dave Foley), to prove Dot’s supposed gold-digging plot.
Of course, poor Wayne has no idea his beloved wife used to be married to the corrupt sheriff/preacher/probably cult leader Roy (Jon Hamm), who, together with his deputy son, Gator (Joe Keery), enlists the dangerous assassin-for-hire Ole Munch (Sam Spruell) to retrieve his runaway bride. This is Fargo, the series where the impossible becomes possible and where none of the characters ever get what they want. But some of them do get what they deserve.
Back on form
Tonally, the season centres more on comedy than its preachy previous season. The show is intriguing and clever but also violent and bizarre, all while inducing more inappropriate laughs than we care to count. Fargo plays on that central fake politeness gag with some added insanity and contemporary issues and stays true to what the Coen Brothers achieved in their 1996 cult classic.
The series features some fantastic performances from its star-studded cast. Juno Temple, in particular, does an excellent job as the damsel in distress who can protect herself quite well. Other characters compare her character to a “tiger”, and based on what we see on screen during the first few episodes, it’s a pretty fair comparison. For his part, John Hamm is brilliant as the deranged Roy and steals the spotlight in every scene he’s in.
Overall, where seasons 3 and 4 were underwhelming, this newest addition to the Fargo universe is most definitely a return to form. I’m looking forward to seeing where Dot’s story goes for the next seven weeks.