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Post by Fernando on Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:58 pm

Keep seeing adverts for this at 9pm Sunday on Channel 4 and has been well received in America after debuting there midweek.

"Fargo" is the small-screen adaption of Coen brothers' movie of the same name. The television adaption features new characters and follows an all-new "true" crime case.

Noah Hawley has written all the ten episodes. He said to HuffPost TV that his "Fargo" for FX is "a completely different story with all new characters that merely borrows the setting and the mood of the Coen brothers' classic."

The ten episode dark comedy series stars Bill Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman and Bob Odenkirk.

Martin Freeman plays Lester Nygaard, a small town insurance salesman. He said to Huffington Post that FX series is different, with new characters. "Same world, of course, using that as a jumping off point."

Bill Thornton portrays the role of Lorne Malvo, "a rootless, manipulative man" who meets Freeman's character and changes his life forever, according to the synopsis of the series. Thornton said to Huffington Post, "My character's a brand new guy, I just wanted it to be completely its own thing."

Colin Hanks plays Gus Grimly, Duluth Police Deputy. Grimly is a single dad who gets two options when he comes face-to-face with a killer -- pick his personal safety or pick his duty as a policeman. The actor said to Huffington Post that in the first episode his first scene "isn't until the 40th minute of the show."

Allison Tolman plays Molly Solverson, an ambitious Bemidji deputy, while "Breaking Bad's Bob Odenkirk plays the bungling deputy, Bill Oswalt.

Talking about her character, Tolman said to Huffington Post, "She's sort of a young, ambitious deputy in this little small town, sort of surrounded by, not just by men, but kind of inept men."


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Post by Nakatomi Plaza on Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:18 am

I'm looking forward to this, as the trailers look pretty decent. Struggled with the film to be honest.

Also seen that Glenn Howerton from It's always sunny in Philadelphia's got a bit part in this as well

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Post by MtotheC on Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:59 am

I've heard a couple of interviews with Martin Freeman about this show and it's sound very good I will deffinatley be giving it a watch, American critics have said it has a very braking bad feel to it.

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Post by The Fourth Lion on Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:35 am

I'm interested, but wonder how they are going to fill ten episodes and maintain the pace of the story.

I get that sinking feeling that this is going to be one of those series that plods along with a lot of filler material that doesn't really contribute to the story but does fill a lot of airtime between commercial breaks. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

As for the actors. Well, who is going to do a better job than Frances McDormand, William H Macy or Steve Buscemi..?

As much as I would like it to be enjoyable, I'm sceptical from the outset. Perhaps the Coen Brothers original is just TOO tough an act to follow.

I'll try to watch it with an open mind, but fear it will fall short of expectation.
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Post by Reborn-DeeMcK-Reborn on Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:27 pm

Excellent this was last night. Billy Bob really plays the part well and I was surprised how good Freeman was also.

Really enjoyed it.
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Post by Reborn-DeeMcK-Reborn on Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:36 am

Watched this again last night as I was pretty rough from the Saturday and forgot a lot of it.

First episode has me hooked already.

The only thing this series has to do with the movie is the name "Fargo". Freeman's character "Lester" is the only relateable character from the movie if we are splitting hairs but Billy Bob Thornton completely stole the show. Every scene he is in he makes it so dark. From the hospital scene when Lester is seeing to his broken nose and tells him about the bully. Thornton has that dead look about him which is really fantastic to watch.

Best part was when the cop stops Thornton in his car and gets completely spooked by the ramblings that Billy Bob comes out with...

"Some maps used to say there were dragons down some roads, but just because the dragons aren't on the maps anymore doesn't mean they aren't still there"

"I'm gonna roll up my window and drive off. You are going to go home to your daughter and every day you are going to look her in the face and remember that the only reason that you're alive is because you decided not to go down a certain road. You chose to go to the light, rather than into the darkness".

Excellent show and really can't wait for the next episode.

Glad its not like the film and they really have created a gem here I think.
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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:03 am

Cracking show, really enjoyed it.

Thornton is superb.

Looking forward to the rest of this show.

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Post by Mind the windows Tino. on Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:07 am

DAVE667 wrote:Cracking show, really enjoyed it.

Thornton is superb.

Looking forward to the rest of this show.

Yep, same here. I thought it was brilliant. Loads of black humour, particularly from Thornton, but menacing enough to keep the interest going. My bar is set pretty high following the awesome True Detective, but this looks like filling the void.

Hard to watch Martin Freeman without seeing Tim Canterbury, but that is not a criticism of Freeman, more a compliment to how good Tim was.

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:21 am

Wasn't blown away by True Detective tbh...preferred the first season of Hannibal but as a fan of the Coen Bros I was interested to see how this adaptation of Fargo would play out. Don't know to what degree they're involved with it though ("Executive Producer" generally means someone gave you a cheque for $200,000 and said "Don't interfere too much")

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Post by Mind the windows Tino. on Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:24 am

DAVE667 wrote:Wasn't blown away by True Detective tbh...preferred the first season of Hannibal but as a fan of the Coen Bros I was interested to see how this adaptation of Fargo would play out. Don't know to what degree they're involved with it though ("Executive Producer" generally means someone gave you a cheque for $200,000 and said "Don't interfere too much")

I loved Hannibal as well, although it started to take itself a little too seriously on occasions. Cracking show though and comes back on May 6th I believe.

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Post by westisbest on Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:34 am

Watched it last night.
 
Pretty good.
 
Thought Freeman was excellent.
BBT was also good in it.
 
Looking forward to see where this is going.

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Post by Reborn-DeeMcK-Reborn on Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:40 am

Can this thread have **MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** added to the title?
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Post by Reborn-DeeMcK-Reborn on Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:01 pm

Cheers Fernando!

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Post by alfie on Fri May 02, 2014 10:39 am

This started here last night with the first two episodes. Wife "retired bored" after about twenty minutes but I quite enjoyed it.
Suppose you could say it lifted a lot from the film : Lester is essentially the same character Macey played just selling insurance instead of cars...and a few familiar scenes in the snow...not that this detracts from it as a story. Billy Bob had something in common with the killer from No Country for Old Men I thought , with his scene with the policeman who pulled him over the highlight of the show so far...wonderful understated air of menace and no wonder the cop ended up backing off.
The deaf mute hit man was a nice touch too. Bodies are certainly piling up !

Whether the setting and the quirky characters will be enough to sustain interest for a full TV series remains to be seen. But it has me in for now.

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Post by guildfordbat on Fri May 02, 2014 11:32 am

I also watched the first two episodes earlier this week. I appear to be one of the very few who hasn't seen the film - that probably helped in that I had no particular preconceptions or expectations.

Anyway, really enjoyed it. Good acting (Freeman a lot better than I expected), fascinating characters and a story line that is certainly bubbling along. Whether this can all be maintained over ten episodes remains to be seen but - like Alfie - I'm certainly hooked for now.

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Post by westisbest on Fri May 02, 2014 11:39 am

I never saw the film.

Am enjoying the series.

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Post by Reborn-DeeMcK-Reborn on Sat May 03, 2014 12:46 pm

Did anyone notice that Fargo "called Saul"!!??
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Post by incontinentia on Mon May 12, 2014 9:51 am

That was a brilliant episode last night! William Robert Thornton's character is priceless  Laugh 
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Post by Guest on Mon May 19, 2014 10:57 am

Bit of a filler episode last night, but I'm still gripped.

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Post by incontinentia on Mon May 26, 2014 2:24 pm

Malvo is establishing himself as one of the baddest characters on TV.

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Post by Guest on Mon May 26, 2014 4:47 pm

Yeah, explosive episode last night. Very good.

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Post by Nakatomi Plaza on Mon May 26, 2014 7:12 pm

Malvo's already a classic anti-hero. Can't help but root for him. At the same time, I hope Molly's survived, as I'm not sure the series will be the same without her.

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Post by Hulking_up on Tue May 27, 2014 1:28 am

I have seen the film but can't remember anything about it except what we've seen in the first episode but during every episode i keep getting a sense of deja vu.

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Post by Guest on Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:33 am

Not sure I enjoyed the direction this went last night.

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Post by mystiroakey on Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:37 am

If you want to watch the Epson earlier just Dl them on Wednesday.

I have enjoyed this series. And the direction of the last episode.

But if you want a truer fargo(film) fix check out happy valley

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Post by alfie on Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:31 pm

Interest in this rather dropped off ?

Must say I was a little disappointed with the ending. In fact I thought it had lost its way a bit earlier , so am not too surprised that some may have tuned out...

Had its moments though. Probably more notable for portraying a memorably menacing character than from actually making much sense as a story.

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Post by mystiroakey on Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:48 pm

Yeah the writing got stupid- still a solid show though

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Post by Hulking_up on Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:14 pm

The 1 year later 9th episode i didn't like.
The last episode was a bit meh too.

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Post by Guest on Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:45 pm

Yeah, soon as it went one year later, it nosedived.

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Post by The_Enigma on Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:25 am

Slightly behind as I've still yet to watch the final episode of the season but have thoroughly enjoyed this season on the whole. Although the '1 Year Later' thing wasn't really necessary and slightly off putting plus the fact that Melvo can create a brand new life in just between 6-12 Months was very confusing but apart from that, how they both reunite and how the episode pans out was one of my favorites of the season so far....

In other news, it looks like Fargo has been commissioned and will be returning for a second season!!!

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Post by mystiroakey on Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:50 am

Yep completely new cast- i think it will be set 20 years earlier

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Post by alfie on Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:00 pm

The term "milking it" comes to mind...

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Post by mystiroakey on Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:05 pm

For an american show this isn't even touching the surface!!

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