Human reviewers have mostly been apologetic when measuring Fargo the TV show against Fargo the movie, because how can you compare a film to a series? An apple to an orange? And apple to… ten apples? But the machines, who do not apologize, have it settled: According to Metacritic, Fargo the series (Rating: 87% – 38 reviews) is better than the Coen brothers' movie (Rating: 85% – 24 reviews). We are meant to understand that these numbers don't really say what they seem to say, but could you really explain how? To an alien?
At the end of a post about how Texas Senator John Cornyn's insistence that Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty do everything in his power to keep Al Franken from taking the Senate seat previously held by Norm Coleman is draining Pawlenty of political capital, Your Geeky Boyfriend Nate Silver makes the following comparison: "The whole thing is increasingly starting to resemble the Coen brothers film Fargo, with Pawlenty and Cornyn playing Carl Schowalter and Gaear Grimsrud to Coleman's Jerry Lundegaard." Poor Minnesota! Everything that happens there is eventually compared to Fargo. Would it kill someone to use a "Mary Tyler Moore Show" reference instead just one time?