Skip to comments.Anyone seen this show "Fargo"?
Posted on 04/18/2014 6:48:11 PM PDT by mylife
The Coens have done it again.
The source should read FX.
Watched it last night. It was awesome!
Heard it was GOOD!
Alao watching “Bates Motel” on A&E and “Those Who Kill” on LMN.....
My husband loved that movie, I didn’t realize they had made a series.
How is Bates Motel in your opinion?
I watched it and was sure I would detest it because I liked the movie so much.
I was pleasantly surprised and have recommended it to others.
Billy Bob Thornton was truly creepy.
First episode was this week.
10 segment series.
Nothing to do with the original film but the Coens are weaving stuff brilliantly.
I was skritchin my head and wondering how this could even work, but it does.
As a life long Minnesotan I have an issue with the stereotypes. But it is a very good, well written show.
We were impressed with it. As dark as it was, it was daytime viewing. We had a DVR capture it since we weren’t around or up when it came on. Don’t remember which.
Dr. Watson did a really good job as well as Thorton.
My brother says malvo is the devil.
We shall see.
Silvie: Remind me NOT to come over to your house for anything.
Fargo: Do you have a wood chipper in your back yard?
Bates Motel: Do your dinner guests check in, but not out?
Those Who Kill: Hope this is not an autobiography
Not gettin’ good vibes on this one.
PS I remember you for a nice comment you gave me on one of my posts. However, I will have to pass on that fishing trip you offered. I saw “Jaws” and “The Deep”, you know.
I like stereotypes myself. They are always accurate.
Fargo, the TV series, premiering Tuesday night on FX, begins exactly like Fargo, the 1996 Coen brothers film upon which it is based: with a series of title cards that lie to us. This is a true story, they read. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead the rest has been told exactly as it occurred. This is the sort of deadpan, macabre tone that suffuses the film, a darkly comic confrontation between total decency and total depredationbest encapsulated by the movies most famous scene, Officer Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) finding a professional killer (Peter Stormare) shoving Steve Buscemis leg down a wood chipper.
The TV show, which is being imagined as an anthology series like True Detective or American Horror Story with each season telling a contained story, is set in the same universe as the film both thematically and literally. What happened in the movie happened in the world of the series, and here we are, years later, in the Minnesota town of Bemidji, following a cast of Midwesterners who are much, much less polite than they seem.
The Coens gave the project their blessing, and in exchange got a producer credit, but they have had nothing to do with the particulars of the series, all 10 episodes of which have been written by Noah Hawley (whose previous credits include Bones and the very short-lived ABC series My Generation). Fargo the series skimps on decency to revel in the depredation. Hawley, speaking to the New York Times, described the show as No Country for Old Fargo, and this is, unfortunately I think, accurate: It is Fargo infested with the spirit of Anton Chigurh instead of Marge Gunderson, as if metaphysical and brutal violence was an underused ingredient in quality TV, instead of the overserved main course.
Like it so far. Billy Bob Thornton is a convincing bad guy.
It is Dr Watson as Lester Nygaard!
It was haunting me how much he looked and acted like that Character in the original film.
Are you eatin lutefisk at this moment?
I thought the Coens were directing/producing it.
The Coens are executive producers.
I am amazed that it could be spun into a series.
My wife and I loved the Fargo episode. I watched it a second time to get all the characters straight. First show at least three characters taken out. The show is as lethal as Justified.
It’s not just the “you betcha”s and “ya”s. They started putting in “sounds good”. Which I use at least 10 times each day. Hard to hear yourself as comedic relief.
I am about to run the show again to get the Characters straight.
Same. Do you know if they’re having any re-runs of the Tuesday show?
My North Dakotan co-workers say the accent is spot on.
Oh it’s quaint and colloquial.
Yes! It is great!
I didn’t say it wasn’t correct.
It’s just a little too close for comfort.
Bates Motel is great IMO. Great acting by all cast members but particularly Freddy Highmore (Norman Bates. There’s mystery, intrigue, conspiracy with decent story lines and interesting characters that have their own quirks. Its basically a show that shows you what formed the man who became Norman Bates. The writers have certainly done thir homework on the psychology makeup of a serial killer, particularly the traits that manifest themselves in early childhood and the causes. I studied and read about that topic for years off and on as a hobby (plus it helped me understand a lot anout criminal psychology which helped me understand how they think nd thir motivations in my line of work). The writers nail it from beginning to end with the strong, overbearing, melodramatic, and controlling mothers who isolate them from other children physically and emotionally to the killing or harming of animals as a youth to their (sometimes) fascination with taxidermy and anatomy. He also witnessed someone being killed in his youth like Richard Ramirez, the Nightstalker did (he saw his uncle kill his aunt right in front of him if memory serves correct). Ramirez is one of the most evil and safistic serial killers that has ever existed.
Its a show that i could watch for 2 hours Instead of the one hour that it airs so I guess you could say I’m a fan.
The series I really liked was Homeland. Won a ton of Emmies. I don’t have Showtime and had to wait for the DVDs. Somehow they cannot manage to get Season3 DVD out or Season4 show on the air.
I suspect contract glitches with Damian Lewis, our “hero,” who was killed off in Season3. Anyone know anything about it?
As for Fargo, a brilliant movie; nice to know it’s a series now too.
> Like it so far. Billy Bob Thornton is a convincing bad guy.
That’s because real life aholes don’t have to act much to play their bad guy roles...lol
I grew up across the river, in Moorhead. Lot of family still lives there. Guess I’ll have to watch it.
Thank you very much for the concise synopsis. Think I’ll check it out.
Really, really, like this show.
Apparently not, but I’m likin’ the No Country for Old Fargo feel to it.
I think they are doing a great job with Bates motel.
It’s the bcd story to psycho with Norman in high schools. Fera Farmiga and the Kid who plays Norman nail it as far as I’m concerned.
Instead of a Cal off Hwy 99 small town it’s along the north coast, but looks like the set at universal with the house on the hole above the motel.
I think they are doing a good job and worth watching.
What?! Brody dies?
How could you reveal such a thing without a spoiler alert? That’s so mean.
so dar it’s in Minnesota, but the part that bumps up against the dakotas.
Love your synopsis of Bates Motel. I also wish it was two hours instead of one.
I told my husband it was the quickest hour on TV.
Thank you both. Your reviews are worthy of paid critique.
where all the women are strong
all the men are good looking
and all the children are above average
Uh-oh (hand over mouth).
I was looking for the DVD on Amazon and read the reviews by people who saw it on Showtime I don't care whether I know what happened to Brody, because I can watch the show 2 or 3 times and still enjoy it. Reviewers debating how Season4 can maintain quality without Damian Lewis.
I may not bother with 4; Lewis is really a gorgeous actor, part of why I watch, but then, I'm a girl.:)
Thanks , I love Vera. She was great in “The Departed” and recently in “The Conjuring”. Wonderful eyes. LOL
yes and her daughter has a similar look and affect. She was in American Horror
Eh, as a 30 year Minnesotan (native South Dakotan), I embrace it. I don't feel like they're mocking me. It is what it is. Now east coast friends that call a car, a cah, that's funny. Life's too short to worry about that stuff. Sounds good, right? :)
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