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(The New York Times)   Fargo subtly reveals whatever happened to all that money buried in the snow marked by an ice scraper all those years ago   (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com) divider line 47
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2014-04-30 01:32:29 PM  
Is anybody watching this show?
 
2014-04-30 01:37:49 PM  

slotz: Is anybody watching this show?


I'm personally done watching TV until Better Call Saul.
 
2014-04-30 01:41:16 PM  

slotz: Is anybody watching this show?


I watched the first two episodes, and they were pretty fantastic.  They've done a really solid job replicating the atmosphere and tone of the film without rehashing that storyline.
 
2014-04-30 01:43:24 PM  

Glitchwerks: slotz: Is anybody watching this show?

I'm personally done watching TV until Better Call Saul.


Fun fact, Odenkirk has a small part on Fargo. I didn't even recognize him the first time he showed up. He has a mustache now!
 
2014-04-30 01:48:55 PM  

slotz: Is anybody watching this show?


I am and I'm really enjoying it. But then again, I don't hold the movie on some magical best movie ever pedestal that seems to be keeping people from watching the show for whatever reason. Billy Bob Thorton's character might be the most hilarious psychopath ever
 
2014-04-30 01:49:08 PM  

Crudbucket: Glitchwerks: slotz: Is anybody watching this show?

I'm personally done watching TV until Better Call Saul.

Fun fact, Odenkirk has a small part on Fargo. I didn't even recognize him the first time he showed up. He has a mustache now!


His name is... ME!
 
2014-04-30 01:51:04 PM  

slotz: Is anybody watching this show?


Of the three in-season scripted episodic series I've on auto-DVD status, it's my fave.

/G.O.T. + The Americans
/most anticipating the return of Boardwalk Empire and Masters of Sex and Les Revenants (The Returned).
/of new series: :Penny Dreadful.
 
2014-04-30 01:51:14 PM  
WTH does this have to do with Eureka?
 
2014-04-30 01:52:58 PM  
...the returns of...
 
2014-04-30 01:54:14 PM  

ModernPrimitive01: slotz: Is anybody watching this show?

I am and I'm really enjoying it. But then again, I don't hold the movie on some magical best movie ever pedestal that seems to be keeping people from watching the show for whatever reason. Billy Bob Thorton's character might be the most hilarious psychopath ever


I know I saw Fargo the movie when it came out, and I only barely remember it. I enjoy all the Coen Bros' films I've seen, but I never understand the cult-like following for the individual films.

That said, for anyone on the fence, the show is still great and enjoyable without having seen/cared about the movie.
 
2014-04-30 02:01:20 PM  
I haven't even seen the movie and I think the show is great. Dark humor and some pretty great actors.

I'll probably watch the movie now because of the show.
 
2014-04-30 02:02:14 PM  
Holy cow. I didn't even put 2 and 2 together with the ice scraper. NOW I get it! And it makes me love the show even more.

/ Sometimes I'm a little slow to pick up things like that. Good thing I have the interwebs to help me out with these things..
// Yes, I AM blond. Why do you ask?
 
2014-04-30 02:04:07 PM  

Babbs: Holy cow. I didn't even put 2 and 2 together with the ice scraper. NOW I get it! And it makes me love the show even more.

/ Sometimes I'm a little slow to pick up things like that. Good thing I have the interwebs to help me out with these things..
// Yes, I AM blond. Why do you ask?


Aaaaand to PROVE my point, I spelled BLONDE wrong!
 
2014-04-30 02:04:13 PM  

ModernPrimitive01: slotz: Is anybody watching this show?

I am and I'm really enjoying it. But then again, I don't hold the movie on some magical best movie ever pedestal that seems to be keeping people from watching the show for whatever reason. Billy Bob Thorton's character might be the most hilarious psychopath ever


This.

I think it is one of the best shows on now. It really is one of those shows that seems to go by in about 20 minutes, and when the episode is over it really does leave you wanting more.
 
2014-04-30 02:09:27 PM  

ongbok: ModernPrimitive01: slotz: Is anybody watching this show?

I am and I'm really enjoying it. But then again, I don't hold the movie on some magical best movie ever pedestal that seems to be keeping people from watching the show for whatever reason. Billy Bob Thorton's character might be the most hilarious psychopath ever

This.

I think it is one of the best shows on now. It really is one of those shows that seems to go by in about 20 minutes, and when the episode is over it really does leave you wanting more.


I'm so glad to hear someone say that. I feel the same way. I don't think it's getting the ratings it deserves, and that makes me sad.
 
2014-04-30 02:10:05 PM  
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2014-04-30 02:10:51 PM  

slotz: Is anybody watching this show?


Only about 4 million people -  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-fxs-fargo-deliv e rs-696776
 
2014-04-30 02:12:46 PM  

Crudbucket: Fun fact, Odenkirk has a small part on Fargo. I didn't even recognize him the first time he showed up. He has a mustache now!


Huh, well then I will go check an episode out then.
 
2014-04-30 02:16:00 PM  
I just can't believe that (to avoid spoilers) that which lost its life during last night's episode lost its life. One of the final remaining TV taboos was shattered. by Mr. Malvo (and the showrunners).

Yeah, yeah, it's not unprecedented. But you gotta admit...it's very damn rare.
 
2014-04-30 02:21:11 PM  
Billy Bob's character reminds me a lot of Stephen King's Leland Gaunt in Needful Things.

I love the show, someone on Fark scolded me for liking it so much last week. I don't care. It's Breaking Bad quality TV and that's not easy to pull off.

No way is Gus going to survive. He's got "tragic hero" written all over him.
 
2014-04-30 02:24:04 PM  
Life Time Total Fark Subscription?
 
2014-04-30 02:29:50 PM  
If only Takako Konishi had seen this episode...

/obscure?
 
2014-04-30 02:32:46 PM  

Crudbucket: Fun fact, Odenkirk has a small part on Fargo.


I wouldn't really call it a small part even if he only gets one or two scenes a week. He's the Chief of Police and he is terrible at his job, and his character is a major stumbling point for our hero.

But yeah, I'll give it up to Bob Odenkirk. Never really considered him a great actor or anything but there is nothing that reminds me of Saul with this guy. Saul would LOVE to work with that sort of police officer.
 
2014-04-30 02:33:22 PM  

ModernPrimitive01: slotz: Is anybody watching this show?

I am and I'm really enjoying it. But then again, I don't hold the movie on some magical best movie ever pedestal that seems to be keeping people from watching the show for whatever reason. Billy Bob Thorton's character might be the most hilarious psychopath ever


He seems to enjoy just farking with people and makes me laugh my ass off. Especially the stuff he pulled last night. But I did like the throwback to the movie in the form of art.
 
2014-04-30 02:40:09 PM  
Love the show but I wish FX would keep their shows down to an hour as it busts up my late night tv schedule. At least Olbermann seems to be on a regular schedule now.
 
2014-04-30 03:00:59 PM  
Can't say I love the show...the missus likes it so i watch it with her. I think naming the show Fargo is absurd as, except for the locale and the accents, it offers nothing in the way of Minnesota atmosphere (except for snow). You could set the show in any one of dozens smaller towns in the midwest and it would be the same. Fargo, the film, captured a lot more than "yah, you betcha" which made the film resonate with us Minnesotans. But this TV show, while well done in some ways, is more David Lynchian than Coenish. And Billy Bob Thornton, who IS terrific in this, seems like he is channeling Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men, what with his sadism masked by being soft-spoken and cryptic.  For me, the show is so damn mean-spirited, capped off last night by...


SPOILER

the killing of the dog, which took Billy Bob's character to a whole other level of evil. Again, the show is well done, but calling it Fargo when I don't think it resembles it that much, is just a way to reel people in, IMO.

And, for god's sake, if you weren't able to get Carter Burwell to agree to license you the title track to the movie, don't try to imitate it. It sounds derivative in all the worst ways.
 
2014-04-30 03:03:48 PM  

BrianGriffin: But this TV show, while well done in some ways, is more David Lynchian than Coenish. And Billy Bob Thornton, who IS terrific in this, seems like he is channeling Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men, what with his sadism masked by being soft-spoken and cryptic.


I disagree. I think the show almost perfectly captures the tone of the movie. And um, if you're going to make that comparison (which I don't agree with, Billy Bob is a wildly different sort of psychopath than Chigurh), wouldn't you consider that "Coenish?"
 
2014-04-30 03:07:35 PM  
Martin Freeman is awesome.
 
2014-04-30 03:35:14 PM  
Anyone else feel really old that Colin Hanks has teenage daughter on the show? At first I thought it was weird, but then I did the math and she totally could have been born when he was in his early 20s.
 
2014-04-30 03:41:29 PM  
Should be called "Farko."
 
2014-04-30 03:45:51 PM  
"So we were doing it, and then all these spiders started crawling out of his neck!"
I couldn't stop laughing.
 
2014-04-30 04:34:58 PM  

BrianGriffin: Can't say I love the show...the missus likes it so i watch it with her. I think naming the show Fargo is absurd as, except for the locale and the accents, it offers nothing in the way of Minnesota atmosphere (except for snow). You could set the show in any one of dozens smaller towns in the midwest and it would be the same. Fargo, the film, captured a lot more than "yah, you betcha" which made the film resonate with us Minnesotans. .


It has as much to do with Fargo, ND as the film did. In both, very little actually happened in Fargo or anywhere else in North Dakota. It is just a place where a couple of characters come from.
 
2014-04-30 04:52:43 PM  

catmandu: BrianGriffin: Can't say I love the show...the missus likes it so i watch it with her. I think naming the show Fargo is absurd as, except for the locale and the accents, it offers nothing in the way of Minnesota atmosphere (except for snow). You could set the show in any one of dozens smaller towns in the midwest and it would be the same. Fargo, the film, captured a lot more than "yah, you betcha" which made the film resonate with us Minnesotans. .

It has as much to do with Fargo, ND as the film did. In both, very little actually happened in Fargo or anywhere else in North Dakota. It is just a place where a couple of characters come from.


When Billy Bob gets the call to go see Oliver Platt, is that office in Fargo? Or is Adam Goldberg and friend from Fargo?
 
2014-04-30 04:58:28 PM  

Trocadero: catmandu: BrianGriffin: Can't say I love the show...the missus likes it so i watch it with her. I think naming the show Fargo is absurd as, except for the locale and the accents, it offers nothing in the way of Minnesota atmosphere (except for snow). You could set the show in any one of dozens smaller towns in the midwest and it would be the same. Fargo, the film, captured a lot more than "yah, you betcha" which made the film resonate with us Minnesotans. .

It has as much to do with Fargo, ND as the film did. In both, very little actually happened in Fargo or anywhere else in North Dakota. It is just a place where a couple of characters come from.

When Billy Bob gets the call to go see Oliver Platt, is that office in Fargo? Or is Adam Goldberg and friend from Fargo?


Goldberg and friend are from the mafia in Fargo, investigating the death of Sam Hess, who smuggled whatever for them through his trucking company. I don't remember if it said where Malvo's head office is.
 
2014-04-30 05:07:14 PM  

Crudbucket: Trocadero: catmandu: BrianGriffin: Can't say I love the show...the missus likes it so i watch it with her. I think naming the show Fargo is absurd as, except for the locale and the accents, it offers nothing in the way of Minnesota atmosphere (except for snow). You could set the show in any one of dozens smaller towns in the midwest and it would be the same. Fargo, the film, captured a lot more than "yah, you betcha" which made the film resonate with us Minnesotans. .

It has as much to do with Fargo, ND as the film did. In both, very little actually happened in Fargo or anywhere else in North Dakota. It is just a place where a couple of characters come from.

When Billy Bob gets the call to go see Oliver Platt, is that office in Fargo? Or is Adam Goldberg and friend from Fargo?

Goldberg and friend are from the mafia in Fargo, investigating the death of Sam Hess, who smuggled whatever for them through his trucking company. I don't remember if it said where Malvo's head office is.


A phone bank in Reno, IIRC.
 
2014-04-30 05:16:25 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Anyone else feel really old that Colin Hanks has teenage daughter on the show? At first I thought it was weird, but then I did the math and she totally could have been born when he was in his early 20s.


Tom Hanks was only 21 when Colin was born.
 
2014-04-30 05:24:44 PM  

BrianGriffin: I think naming the show Fargo is absurd as, except for the locale and the accents, it offers nothing in the way of Minnesota atmosphere (except for snow).


I thought Fargo was in another state entirely. What do I know about geography.
 
2014-04-30 05:45:32 PM  

catmandu: BrianGriffin: Can't say I love the show...the missus likes it so i watch it with her. I think naming the show Fargo is absurd as, except for the locale and the accents, it offers nothing in the way of Minnesota atmosphere (except for snow). You could set the show in any one of dozens smaller towns in the midwest and it would be the same. Fargo, the film, captured a lot more than "yah, you betcha" which made the film resonate with us Minnesotans. .

It has as much to do with Fargo, ND as the film did. In both, very little actually happened in Fargo or anywhere else in North Dakota. It is just a place where a couple of characters come from.


Makes a better movie title than "Brainerd", though.
 
2014-04-30 07:16:57 PM  

El Dudereno: catmandu: BrianGriffin: Can't say I love the show...the missus likes it so i watch it with her. I think naming the show Fargo is absurd as, except for the locale and the accents, it offers nothing in the way of Minnesota atmosphere (except for snow). You could set the show in any one of dozens smaller towns in the midwest and it would be the same. Fargo, the film, captured a lot more than "yah, you betcha" which made the film resonate with us Minnesotans. .

It has as much to do with Fargo, ND as the film did. In both, very little actually happened in Fargo or anywhere else in North Dakota. It is just a place where a couple of characters come from.

Makes a better movie title than "Brainerd", though.


Or Bemidji (although that is more fun to say)
 
2014-05-01 04:52:44 AM  
I'm sorry to hear it's not doing better in the ratings. I'm personally enjoying the hell out of it. Freeman's accent is so amazingly good (he never ceases to amaze me- best Dr Watson ever) and Thornton's character is hilarious. The cast is great and I think they really captured the spirit of the film.

It was such an odd idea to begin with, but I think they are doing a fantastic job with it.

Every week there are literally 2 or 3 genuine WTF moments when they do something completely unpredictable and crazily original.
 
2014-05-01 07:57:22 AM  
I saw the debut, and was onto their hijinks rather quickly. Some features include:
1. Keep the basic premise of the movie (a loser who bungles a get rich quick scheme and compounds his problems). The insurance salesman is obviously a poor man's Jerry Lundegaard.
2. Reshuffle character traits. (The family life of the police officers is very similar to the personalities and situations in the movie.)
3. Add a mystery man (a la "No Country For Old Men") who is a quiet badass beyond reproach
4. Let things spiral out of control for the protagonist.

What it does wrong is the incessant pauses and wasted shots. This show is no different than other shows like Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure, or even Six Feet Under. I'm left wondering why they chose farking the skeleton of a movie and "revisioning" it, rather than simply use some traits and make a new series that may hark back to something like "Fargo" the film.
 
2014-05-01 09:27:34 AM  
The show, so far, is not quite the equal to the movie, but darn close enough.

// The murder-by-hole was brilliant.
 
2014-05-01 09:55:05 AM  
I think it's farking great, and the revelation on how the King got his money was a true WTF moment for me.
 
2014-05-01 10:39:08 AM  
This is one of the best shows on television right now.

Seriously, great acting and amazing writing. I really hope it keeps going because I'm fairly hooked.

/neck spider babies
 
2014-05-01 12:31:36 PM  

Confabulat: Billy Bob's character reminds me a lot of Stephen King's Leland Gaunt in Needful Things.

I love the show, someone on Fark scolded me for liking it so much last week. I don't care. It's Breaking Bad quality TV and that's not easy to pull off.

No way is Gus going to survive. He's got "tragic hero" written all over him.


Well, no matter what they do to Gus, it can't be worse than what happened to Colin Hanks in the movie Untraceable. That was the most horrifying death in a movie that I can think of (I DO avoid torture porn though- I'm sure there are far worse out there, but I'm not looking.)

I kind of think that Molly and Gus will end up together in the end of our tale, it would be fitting with the original Fargo "you reap what you sow" vibe.
 
2014-05-01 12:42:47 PM  

orezona: This is one of the best shows on television right now.

Seriously, great acting and amazing writing. I really hope it keeps going because I'm fairly hooked.

/neck spider babies


It's like True Detective. There is no way they will be able to keep Freeman and Thornton for a yearly show any more than HBO could keep Harrelson and McConaughey under an extended contract. Then again, if they bump both of them off, the other characters might be enough to keep it going...
 
2014-05-01 03:43:16 PM  

orezona: /neck spider babies


Bactine-equipped zombie survival kits.
 
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