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I'm laid up on the couch with a head cold for the 2nd day, with a nose that runs like a country club sprinkler system. Driving me nuts that I haven't had the clarity of mind to pick up a guitar or soldring iron for a few days.

The bright light, however, is that I binge-watched about half the first season of Fargo this afternoon on FX. I'd seen the 2nd season, but not the 1st, and am eagerly awaiting the 3rd season, that starts up in a week and a bit.

The Coen Brothers are executive producers, but the screenwriting is by Noah Hawley, who it appears is pretty prolific in many written forms,for the screen and other.

What I find most distinctive and appealing about it is how well it captures the Coen's approach to violence. I find across nearly all their films, the folks who perpetrate violence, even of the most extreme and disturbing kind, are banal people. fitting it into their routine, because it's convenient, because they said they would, and because opportunity presents itself. Some characters are motivated to commit violence, and think about it, but then think better of it. And other characters do it without a second thought. There are no super-villains. Often it is the consequence of stupid impulsive decisions. Bob Odenkirk of Better Call Saul (and Mr. Show, among many other credits) does a great job depicting an idiot small-town police chief who trusts his own take on things a little too much to see reality. Adam Goldberg plays one half of a pair of thugs hired to find a presumed killer and exact revenge. Some folks may reognize Goldberg fromhis ongoing role as moocher friend Dave on the Jim Gaffigan Show. Apparently Gaffigan himself will have a substantial role in the new season.

The fact that it takes place during winter in small municipality Minnesota (shot in Alberta, though) sets it up for many of the victims of violence being innocent trusting people, because small places require people to cooperate more, and winter often makes us dependent on others to get through it.

All in all, terrific little piece of TV. I'm still annoyed about being sick for the first time in what seems like over a year, but the torment is tempered by watching this show.
 

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I hope you recover very soon.
Colds can be so humbling.

It certainly is wonderful to have so many excellent viewing options through the TV these days. I can just barely keep up with all of the documentaries (my passion) that I want to see on Netflix.

Take Care

Drink lots of fluids...preferably not from the LCBO.
 

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Excellent show. New season starts April 19.
 

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I loved the initial movie FARGO

have not seen the series...will wait until I'm retired though: I can't afford to binge watch & waste a month of my life ATM :D
 

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I enjoyed the movie and both seasons. Waiting patiently for Season 3.

The series I've been binge-watching is Treme. What the hell was I thinking, not watching this? I'm an idiot. HBO. Series about music. Same people as did The Wire, by the looks of the cast. What's not to like?

So many shows start with the premise of people in good situations where things suddenly go bad (crime, murder, whatever). This one starts with people who are already screwed and are attempting to rebuild. Hope, a struggle to get better, optimism - so many things missing in most series I watch (admittedly lots of crime dramas).

And how can you not love one of the opening sequences, where they slowly dolly through a disheveled apartment with a Gretsch RHH and a few other nice guitars. One of the main characters is a barely functional, but totally lovable, guitar player. I know a few of those myself. "Davis will save us". And the John Goodman character is very amusing (although apparently short lived). I'm glad I've still got 3.3 years of this to watch. I'm looking forward to it.
 

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I loved the initial movie FARGO

have not seen the series...will wait until I'm retired though: I can't afford to binge watch & waste a month of my life ATM :D
I'm not one for binge-watching myself, but what the heck else do you do when you're sick?
The series is every bit as good as the movie. Fewer goofy accents (yaAAAHHH), but the very same sensibilities.
 

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Best show on TV. The second season is the only modern show to actually capture the 70s as they were...........
 

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In my case, there was no streaming involved. FX is part of our cable package and they were showing it this weekend, in preparation for the imminent start of season 3. I think they carry the series on Netflix.
 

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Never seen it. Aside from the trucks the only Fargo I know of and have been to is a place in N. Dakota. I don't think you're talking about the movie that came out in the 50's. I think I still have that one on VHS.
The city of Fargo is a bit like Lloydminster, where on one side of the main drag it's North Dakota, and on the other its Minnesota. Except, unlike Lloydminster, which kept the same name for both sides of the provincial border, it's Fargo on the ND side, and Moorhead on the MN side. Much of the 1st season of the series takes place between Duluth and a made-up town of Bemidji, a short drive from Duluth. But that's way over on the eastern border with Michigan. Fargo, itself, is on the completely other side of Minnesota, by the ND border.

Interestingly, although most location shots are done in Alberta, I noticed something yesterday that one can only find in one place in the world. There are brief snippets where one sees an idiosyncratic statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox. An image search for Bunyan/Babe statues will show many different ones, but those particular statues are found in or near Brainerd MN; allegedly the home of Paul Bunyan. Brainerd is a couple hours southwest of Duluth. It caught my eye because I hade driven past it once or twice.
 

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The city of Fargo is a bit like Lloydminster, where on one side of the main drag it's North Dakota, and on the other its Minnesota. Except, unlike Lloydminster, which kept the same name for both sides of the provincial border, it's Fargo on the ND side, and Moorhead on the MN side. Much of the 1st season of the series takes place between Duluth and a made-up town of Bemidji, a short drive from Duluth. But that's way over on the eastern border with Michigan. Fargo, itself, is on the completely other side of Minnesota, by the ND border.

Interestingly, although most location shots are done in Alberta, I noticed something yesterday that one can only find in one place in the world. There are brief snippets where one sees an idiosyncratic statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox. An image search for Bunyan/Babe statues will show many different ones, but those particular statues are found in or near Brainerd MN; allegedly the home of Paul Bunyan. Brainerd is a couple hours southwest of Duluth. It caught my eye because I hade driven past it once or twice.
Never found Fargo to be the same as Lloyd but then I've only driven thru Lloyd and never stopped.
 

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Didn't mean to imply anything more in common than each being essentially a single municipality, arbitrarily divided by a border running through it.
 

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In my case, there was no streaming involved. FX is part of our cable package and they were showing it this weekend, in preparation for the imminent start of season 3. I think they carry the series on Netflix.
It's not on Netflix. I get FX but I guess I missed it on the weekend.
 

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I thought this was another truck thread. Never heard of a tv show called fargo.
My first vehicle was a 1949 Fargo. My dad bought it for $75. Yes, I was cool in high school.

Huge Coen Bros. fan.

But "Fargo" was too depressing for me, only because it was a true story. Otherwise, it would have been hilarious. Also, their attempt at the Minnesota accent was pathetic.

( Bemiji is a real town with a huge statue of Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox.)

My number-one-must-see movie is "Hail Caesar". Just re-watched "Llwellyn Davis". I like everything they have done, including "Fargo" (which I won't watch again).

I can't bring myself to watch the Fargo show. What happened is just not funny to me. What about the family and friends? Their tragedy has become an ongoing joke? Too sensitive maybe. Lol.

Glad you are enjoying it, tho. Really. Nothing like a great show when you are sick. Second season of "Better Call Saul" for me right now.

FAVE COEN BIT: (kid bursts thru burning barn doors with truck) "Get in! I'm gonna R-U-N-O-F-T!"

Hey was that truck a Fargo?!
 

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My first vehicle was a 1949 Fargo. My dad bought it for $75. Yes, I was cool in high school.

Huge Coen Bros. fan.

But "Fargo" was too depressing for me, only because it was a true story. Otherwise, it would have been hilarious. Also, their attempt at the Minnesota accent was pathetic.

( Bemiji is a real town with a huge statue of Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox.)

My number-one-must-see movie is "Hail Caesar". Just re-watched "Llwellyn Davis". I like everything they have done, including "Fargo" (which I won't watch again).

I can't bring myself to watch the Fargo show. What happened is just not funny to me. What about the family and friends? Their tragedy has become an ongoing joke? Too sensitive maybe. Lol.

Glad you are enjoying it, tho. Really. Nothing like a great show when you are sick. Second season of "Better Call Saul" for me right now.

FAVE COEN BIT: (kid bursts thru burning barn doors with truck) "Get in! I'm gonna R-U-N-O-F-T!"

Hey was that truck a Fargo?!
I can understand you not liking the movie and not being interested in the TV series, considering your sympathy with the family. But the comment regarding the accent surprises me. I think they nailed it.

Maybe it could have been a bit more subtle, but the nuance was there. So much so that my mom (a 76 year resident of SK) hated the movie, believing
the accent made fun of the prairies. She's touchy that way, although she enjoyed Corner Gas - well, everything but the theme song.
 
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