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I'd call FX's "Fargo" a gloriously bad idea magnificently realized, so don't go thinking this is a formula that can be reproduced. Using none of the characters and only fleeting whisps of the narrative from The Coen Brothers' Oscar-winning favorite, Noah Hawley created his own frost-bitten parable of unspeakable evil, the corrosive nature of weakness and greed, the redemptive possibilities of quiet heroism and the visual wonderment of a blizzard. Character acting gets no better than the performances by Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Oliver Platt, Adam Goldberg, Keith Carradine and a dozen other familiar faces, but it was unknown Chicago theater actress Allison Tolman who grounded this perfectly contained gem of a season.