Cold Case

‘Fargo’ on FX

“Some roads you shouldn’t go down,” a creepily self-assured hoodlum says in the pilot for FX’s limited series Fargo. Gazing with almost hypnotic calm at the cop who has pulled his car over on an icy street, the desperado (played by Billy Bob Thornton) goes on, “Maps used to say, ‘There be dragons here.’ Now they don’t. But that doesn’t mean the dragons aren’t there.”

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Celia Wren is Commonweal’s media and stage critic.