Finished this up earlier. Pretty bloody incredible. Don't need to say it, but BBT is amazing. Feels like the tone of the show shifted a lot as it went on, almost to the point where I didn't feel like I was watching the same thing. In the beginning you had pretty much bang on Coen brothers black comedy/drama with that underlying menace, but it slowly lost the humour (especially after the year jump
and just started brimming with tension and malice.
Is this actually meant to be in the same universe as the film? It surely can't be, because of Lester, but on the wikipedia it says it's set in the same universe. And also apparently season 2 will focus on the Sioux falls incident
. The director said:
"I like the idea that somewhere out there is a big, leather-bound book that's the history of true crime in the Midwest, and the movie was Chapter 4, Season 1 was Chapter 9 and this is Chapter 2,"
Which seems odd if it's meant to be a re-imagining.
Feels like we're in such a golden age of brilliant TV right now. So many utterly top-tier shows on at the minute, and there's loads of big amazing changes with Netflix putting whole seasons up at once, and these anthology shows like this and True Detective.
Edit: It just dawned on me that Martin Freeman's character isn't meant to be the same person as William H Macy's. Mind partially blown.