Besides the scenery-chewing Key & Peele's incongruous cameo subplot and a few tacky references to the film, this is perfect. As much "No Country" as it is "Fargo;" Billy Bob is absolutely out of control as the most acrimonious, derisive, existential serial killer since Javier Bardem's Anton Chigurh. Compelling, sprawling and thrillingly unpredictable.
That last fucking episode pissed me off. No, I don't think Colin Hanks deserved to get Malvo. And I definitely don't think he should've been allowed to go home and watch TV after his act of vigilante murder. It should've been the deaf guy, and nobody should've learned anything from it or received any closure. And Lester's all-too-metaphorical death was annoying. It's just a so-so mash-up of Fargo and Anton Chigurh.
"Fargo" deserves the recognition and accolades it has been getting because Noah Hawley and his team are doing a great job in taking away the best elements from the Coen's film - extreme violence, dark humor, the snow, a charismatic and relatable police protagonist... - and turning them into a TV series. The first season is a tour de force and Billy Bob Thornton's deranged Lorne Malvo one of the best villains ever.