I’m finally watching Fargo and the way the opening episode of each season sets so many seemingly disparate elements on a collision course with each other is spectacular.
While it’s cliché the opening scene of A New Hope is a masterpiece. In five minutes you know the stakes, have been introduced to several main characters, and understand their relationships as well as the general power structure of the world. Many speculative fiction stories take too much time introducing their worlds. Star Wars has the confidence to just throw you straight in and trust that you will keep up.