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Just caught the first episode. Overall, pretty promising.

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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t3cii wrote:
Just caught the first episode. Overall, pretty promising.


Any connection or reference to the film at all? I've avoided everything about it, sort of by accident, so besides the cast and some clips, I really don't know what it's about.

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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Just caught the first episode. Overall, pretty promising.


Any connection or reference to the film at all? I've avoided everything about it, sort of by accident, so besides the cast and some clips, I really don't know what it's about.


Well, it's set in Fargo, or at least, some place very much like it. It involves small town cops. It has the same mix of humor and violence. But I think it's more of a spiritual sequel of sorts. Martin Freeman plays a sad sack life insurance salesman, kind of reminiscent of William H. Macy's character in the film, who is disrespected at every turn, until he meets Billy Bob Thorton's character, some hired killer who is in town and takes and interest in Freeman's woes. There is also a female cop, working with her superior whose wife is expecting a baby. It's sort of a role reversal on the two detectives from the movie. There are also callbacks to certain visuals. A long, lonely rode at night, a man running in the snow. There is a reference to the Big Lebowski early on. I'll let you catch it on your own.

Bob Odenkirk has a minor role, and I believe Adam Goldberg will be in an upcoming episode. Collin Hanks is in a scene nearing the end of the episode.

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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I just wached it. Hands down, one of the best pilots I've ever seen. I hope the rest of the show is just as good, if not better.

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Saw about fifteen minutes of the pilot. Gotta say, I'm not impressed. I saw a huge cast of side characters who weren't nearly as quirky or memorable as any I've seen in a Coen Brothers production, trading huge stretches of dialogue that were awkward without being funny.

Overall, it felt like a watered-down imitation of the Coens. All the pieces were there, but they didn't pop together like they should've.

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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Curiosity Inc. wrote:
Saw about fifteen minutes of the pilot. Gotta say, I'm not impressed. I saw a huge cast of side characters who weren't nearly as quirky or memorable as any I've seen in a Coen Brothers production, trading huge stretches of dialogue that were awkward without being funny.

Overall, it felt like a watered-down imitation of the Coens. All the pieces were there, but they didn't pop together like they should've.


Curi, if you can, finish the rest. It really got better as it went along. I was getting the same impressions about it but then it just kept getting better and better.

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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Curiosity Inc. wrote:
Saw about fifteen minutes of the pilot


You've seen fifteen minutes of the pilot.

While I didn't love it like TMD did, I will agree that it got better in the last 20 minutes or so of the episode. Keep in mind, this was the first episode. It had to establish the world of Fargo, the characters, and set up what will be the main story arc of the season. And while comparing it to the movie is probably unavoidable, it's also a mistake. It's better to try to enjoy it for what it is, then what it isn't.

The general feeling amongst most viewers seems to be positive.

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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I liked the latest episode, but it was too much of a "let's meet everyone else" episode, so it didn't feel as propulsive as the first. Also FX apparently has a thing for showing people taking a shit. I wouldn't be surprised if on next season of The Bridge we see Marco or Sonya taking a dump.

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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There was a neat connection in the latest episode between the show and the movie. Also, were those locusts or crickets at the end?

I really like Thornton's bad guy, it's sort of a staple of the Coens to have an antagonist who is an unstoppable force that behaves like an omnipotent being and he has nailed that. He's seriously scary in the same way that Anton Chigurgh was scary. That said, I dunno if it's because I've been watching so many dark shows lately but the darkness can be exhausting :lol: I feel like I'm watching No Country for Old Men once a week, but at least that one ends.

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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There was a neat connection in the latest episode between the show and the movie. Also, were those locusts or crickets at the end?


Gotta be locusts, right? To fit in with the whole religious motif?

I have to say, I get a bit irritated at seeing police incompetence. Odenkirk's killing me.

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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t3cii wrote:
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There was a neat connection in the latest episode between the show and the movie. Also, were those locusts or crickets at the end?


Gotta be locusts, right? To fit in with the whole religious motif?

I have to say, I get a bit irritated at seeing police incompetence. Odenkirk's killing me.


Crickets would have been interesting since they're supposed to be symbols of good luck. So sending so many could be a plague, but also sort of overcompensation for "good luck", since afterall "God is real."

And yeah, I get irritated too. Incompetence and possibly sexism. That said, that behavior wouldn't be out of place from the Juarez police.

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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I'm also hoping the woman who was undressing in the window from episode 2 makes a return. It was a sexy scene that Gus didn't take advantage of whatsoever (a woman undresses for your benefit, and you don't partake in the seduction? Pussy). And the actress who played her (Canadian actress Leah Cairns) is hot:

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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Oh yezzz. Apparently she's only in one episode, though. But hey, one more reason to watch Interstellar in november.

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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The rabbi's story from the latest episode seemed straight out of A Serious Man. This whole series pretty much strikes me as a love letter to the Coens more than just a Fargo spin-off.

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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The last episode was pretty great, probably my favorite so far. The final chase during the snowstorm, in particular. I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like it, at least not on television. The way characters drifted in and out of the storm was pretty cool. Also, a lot going on.

Why isn't more of the forum watching this?

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I've been really busy this past week so it took me a while to get to it, but you're right, t3cii, this episode was great. I really did feel sorry for "turkish delight guy" and Oliver Platt. The last 20 minutes or so had some of the best directed and written moments I've ever seen on television. I think that this is the sort of post-Twin Peaks narrative about small-time America taken to a whole new extreme.
No idea why more people aren't watching this!

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I think the reason people might be reluctant is probably the same reason why people are probably reluctant to watch Hannibal: it's a series based on an already established universe. Which is too bad, as this deserves to be watched. Hell, forget about just being watched, like Hannibal, it's not just good, but genuinely great on its own.

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 Post subject: Re: Fargo (TV series)
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I loved the climactic bank robbery in the latest episode. A friend of mine shot a similar scene in his short film a few years ago; basically, you don't see the robbery you only hear it, and it worked great here and there. I love scenes like that.

Malvo being practically invincible and all the authorities being so stupid (including the FBI) is getting a bit too far-fetched, though.

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