First episode impressions: 'Fargo' Season 3

After eight long episodes of Noah Hawley's literally brain-teasing "Legion," it's a comparative relief to get back to the familiar footing of his first hit show, "Fargo" (10 p.m. Eastern Wednesdays on FX), which launched its third season with a 90-minute premiere. The "X-Men" spinoff "Legion" asked viewers to follow the pathways of a mutant's brain, but "Fargo" allows us to kick back and follow the creatively crazy connections between thick-accented folks in the north woods.

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First episode impressions: ‘Fargo’ Season 2

Executive producer and lead writer Noah Hawley positions his chess pieces for another year of murder, crime-syndicate maneuvering and Minnes-ooh-ta accents and quirks in the premiere of "Fargo" (10 p.m. Eastern Mondays on FX) Season 2. This a brand-new story, but similar to the relationship between "Fear the Walking Dead" and its parent show, it is a prequel with loose connections to the original story. You won't have to watch Season 1 in order to jump into Season 2 (however, you should watch Season 1 because it's great).

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Taking a stand against plot holes, or: How the heck did Lester sneak back in to his hospital room?

On the May 20 episode of "Fargo," we see the step-by-step process by which Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) breaks out of his hospital room, switching spots with his nearly comatose roommate in order to be safely wheeled past the security guard. Then we see how Lester's absence (he goes off to plant murder evidence in his brother's house) goes undiscovered thanks to the somewhat flighty – but humorously so -- nurse. In the episode's final shot, Lester is back in his hospital bed, mission accomplished, and he gives an end-of-"Psycho"-type smile to viewers. But we aren't shown 1) how he snuck past the police officer guarding his room, or 2) how the hospital staff dealt with their discovery that the near-comatose patient was in Lester's bed.

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First episode impressions: ‘Fargo’

I have mixed feelings about the 1996 Coen Brothers movie "Fargo": I can appreciate the craftsmanship, yet it's also not really my thing, with its moments of extreme violence. I feel much the same way about the stylistically faithful TV series (9 p.m. Central Tuesdays on FX), but I think I'll stick with it a while thanks to Billy Bob Thornton's hitman, Lorne.

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