Fargo: “Aporia” Season 3 Episode 9 Review

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“Aporia” is all about moving pieces in the direction of the end of the season. It does that fairly well, but at this point, it’s become very clear that Fargo season three, while perfectly entertaining and fun, isn’t going to reach the highs of the previous two season and become great TV. There have been moments of the tumultuous season that have been great. The first half of last week’s episode and all of “The Law of Non-Contradiction,” among other things, have been great. But as a whole, season three’s downgrade from great to good is honestly one of 2017’s bigger disappointments in the television-sphere so far.

It becomes clear as the pieces start to move and there’s something continually by-the-numbers about how things proceed. Emmit’s confession to Gloria is emotional, but only by the standards of the show’s admittedly low emotional ceiling. But at least it’s a multi-faceted conflict. Emmit’s attempting to release his guilt, while Gloria appears to finally have something in the palm of her hand to solve this ongoing case. But there’s still almost a whole two episodes to go, which means this conflict, which has been brewing since the premiere, can’t conclude here.

And so enters Varga, who hires his men to kill the other local Stusseys in the exact manners in which Ray and Ennis were murdered. Suddenly, Emmit looks innocent, merely blaming himself and guilty enough that he wants to throw his life away. Dammick and his team capture the supposed killer, who confesses in the ride back to the station, complete with an alibi. Emmit is free to go and we’re left to wonder how this will all conclude next week. But some inevitable character intersections seem to already be pointing toward where things are going to go.

Yet, there’s still something incredible about Nikki’s role that feels wildly unpredictable. Season three’s greatest long-term success by far is the development of this rogue from not-so-innocent bystander to a full-on antihero. The fake grenade popping into the truck, only for her to take the wheel was totally badass. Her war against Vargo, with help from Mr. Wrench, is the only string of true greatness Fargo has going for it right now. You know when Vargo offers those two extra zeroes on her salary that he’s in a bind, but Nikki chooses to continue the war until she’s gotten everything she asked for.

For next week’s finale, the main four characters obviously have to collide. It’s written all over “Aporia.” But hopefully Fargo can squeeze out some of its former greatness with some surprises just as the season is ending. Elements of it are there, and this was a solid set-up for the finale. There’s just not a whole lot of evidence that the finale will be any better than this installment. That doesn’t make Fargo a bad show by any means, just definitely a worse one than it used to be. Grade: B+

By Matt Dougherty

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