With its even-tempered Midwestern folk, frozen landscapes and sudden, savage violence, FX's miniseries "Fargo" riffs on the 1996 Coen brothers movie while marking itself as a distinct creation all its own.
Certainly, there are echoes of Frances McDormand's chipper police chief in Molly, Allison Tolman's sweet deputy sheriff. They share a fierce intelligence that is often underestimated because of their polite nature.
Tolman will be stopping by The Times' studio on Friday at 4 p.m. PDT for a live Web chat, and there's plenty to discuss with "Fargo's" breakout star, including, but certainly not limited to, the way Molly suffers fools and the character's burgeoning relationship with Colin Hanks' police officer, Gus.
"They have a really sweet chemistry that I feel is a little unusual to see on screen," Tolman tells Times staff writer Yvonne Villarreal in a conversation that will run Sunday. "People are really rooting for them. Episode 3 is really the first time that we meet, and the Internet like, lost its mind."