When a UFO made an appearance in the season 2 premiere of “Fargo”, with Kieran Culkin’s character staring at it in wonder, there was still the hope that it might have just been a hallucination. But then, later on, a local resident made a speech about conspiracy theories (the John and Robert Kennedy shootings), and how strange things often turn out to be more than what they seem. He directly stated that the town would find out there is more to the diner shooting than just a robbery gone wrong. There might as well have been a voice-over monologue stating the space aliens are real, and there’s more to all the unusual violence we see on the show than meets the eye.
In episode 2, more evidence was provided that aliens exist on the show. The episode actually ended with a creepy “War of the Worlds” narrative about space aliens watching over the inhabitants of the Earth. The show is guaranteeing space aliens. Perhaps this will explain why the people of this region (the TV show version) is like the Bermuda Triangle of violence. People just seem to disappear into clouds of snow from which they never come back.
But do we really want curious space aliens to be the explanation behind the bizarre happenings in this snowy Midwestern area? Throwing in a science fiction element feels inconsistent with the series, which is a bizarre crime thriller. Malicious aliens lurking in the night sky, watching over us in secret, and encouraging criminal behavior is a good storyline. It’s just not a good story for “Fargo”.
Humans have always thought the idea of being watched without our consent or knowledge is creepy. That’s why people become upset when they hear about the government searching our e-mails and checking up on what’s saved in our phones.
Before we all knew that the government spies on us in the name of national security, there were tales like R.L. Stine’s “Night of the Living Dummy.” In the story, two girls find themselves at the mercy of an evil, male dummy. It appears inanimate but is actually spying on them and wreaking havoc. The girls are understandably upset.
Is there anything more creepy that discovering some guy is actually watching you in your bedroom, or that the government is looking at your embarrassing selfies? The fear of being watched and stalked without our knowledge started from the time we were young and continues on into the adult years. But the government lurking in the background would be better for “Fargo’s” story than using aliens. This show isn’t science fiction; it needs to stick to its own genre.