Though Gloria is thousands of miles away from home, “The Law of Non-Contradiction” does a nifty job of still feeling like Fargo, both in the sense of the movie itself, and the ways the two previous seasons were influenced by it, and how Noah Hawley has turned the series into an extended tribute to the entire Coen ouevre. There are echoes of The Big Lebowski (LA noir conventions turned on their head), The Hudsucker Proxy (naive young man gets involved in big business where he’s meant to be a dupe), and Barton Fink (“legitimate” writer moves into an LA hotel to try his hand at screenwriting, and things go awry), yet the Coen moment that kept coming to mind was Marge Gunderson having drinks with Mike Yanagita.
Hawley has frequently cited the Mike Yanagita scene as an important creative touchstone for the show, since its seeming lack of connection to the plot (even if it inspires Marge to reconsider whether Jerry Lundegaard is telling her the truth) helps maintain the “This is a true story” illusion.
"...and it's a beautiful day.
Well. I just don't understand it."
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