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Billy Bob Thornton continues his brutal rampage as a sadistic thug for hire.
Todays ep. A family run out of gas in the snowy wastes of fargo and finds a suitcase filled with money buried by a fence line. Likely the same suitcase of money lost after being buried by a fenceline in the original fargo Film.


show has moved up into my top 3 favorites behind GOT and WD. Thortnon Freeman and rest have been brilliant. Didnt see movie so im not sure if they can keep the show going for more than a year?

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Wish they would give it a little more of a twin peaks vibe. Not bad though good talent behind it. I cant fault them too much for being too influenced since they have been up front about it, but the show lacks its own idenity.

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Pan wrote:
Wish they would give it a little more of a twin peaks vibe. Not bad though good talent behind it. I cant fault them too much for being too influenced since they have been up front about it, but the show lacks its own idenity.

Its based on true story. Dont think adding a 'twin peaks vibe' will improve it.

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yellowdingo wrote:
Pan wrote:
Wish they would give it a little more of a twin peaks vibe. Not bad though good talent behind it. I cant fault them too much for being too influenced since they have been up front about it, but the show lacks its own idenity.
Its based on true story. Dont think adding a 'twin peaks vibe' will improve it.

lol ok


It's not based on a true story.

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Matt Filla wrote:
It's not based on a true story.

At the front of each ep. Based on true story.


It's a joke. A reference back to the movie which did the same thing (and it mostly wasn't true for the movie either).


It's simply fantastic.


Matt Filla wrote:
It's a joke. A reference back to the movie which did the same thing (and it mostly wasn't true for the movie either).

It wasn't at all true for the movie, actually. Just the Coen brothers humor.

I keep forgetting to watch the tv show, which is too bad, because I often find myself at a loss when I decide its time to watch tv. I'll have to make a note to remind me. :(


There are bits of real life murders that influenced the movie (e.g. the woodchipper), but none of them were in MN.

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Matt Filla wrote:
It's a joke. A reference back to the movie which did the same thing (and it mostly wasn't true for the movie either).

So they did it so you feel ok with watching it?

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Most "Based on a true story" movies have the true story as the bare essential story nugget that reams of fiction are revolving around. Marvel could basically put "Based on a true story" in front of the Thor films, since they are semi-based on Norse mythology, and it wouldn't be much more of a stretch than most other "Based on a true story" films.


yellowdingo wrote:
Matt Filla wrote:
It's a joke. A reference back to the movie which did the same thing (and it mostly wasn't true for the movie either).
So they did it so you feel ok with watching it?

I'm not sure I understand your question.


Im enjoying the show for the most part. My only gripe is that Lester seems to be a duplicate of Jerry (William H Macy from the movie) in regards to mannerisms and personality. Billy Bob is just too cool in this role.


Stiehl9s wrote:
Im enjoying the show for the most part. My only gripe is that Lester seems to be a duplicate of Jerry (William H Macy from the movie) in regards to mannerisms and personality. Billy Bob is just too cool in this role.

Only that Jerry was a feckless fool, while Lester is a sociopath.


I wont disagree with that Fabius.


Stiehl9s wrote:
I wont disagree with that Fabius.

I just wanted to underscore their differences. Both Lester and Jerry are somewhat similar, as they are both what you could call "losers". However, I remember Jerry as being more erratic and sloppy in his mannerisms, while Lester is so tightly wound he'd explode if prodded in the wrong place.

Maybe I should rewatch the movie, though.

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on the lester/jerry thing, I think they are being very heavy handed with lester's motivations and treatment on the show. Jerry was a normal guy who had big dreams and took steps that quickly escalated out of his control in the film. Lester was bullied by a classmate, his wife, and even his brother in ridiculous proportions. The film did a good job of making Jerry a belivable character where as lester is more like a caricature of a person in the show. IMO


Pan wrote:
on the lester/jerry thing, I think they are being very heavy handed with lester's motivations and treatment on the show. Jerry was a normal guy who had big dreams and took steps that quickly escalated out of his control in the film. Lester was bullied by a classmate, his wife, and even his brother in ridiculous proportions. The film did a good job of making Jerry a belivable character where as lester is more like a caricature of a person in the show. IMO

Unfortunately, there are persons like Lester in real life.

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Fabius Maximus wrote:
Pan wrote:
on the lester/jerry thing, I think they are being very heavy handed with lester's motivations and treatment on the show. Jerry was a normal guy who had big dreams and took steps that quickly escalated out of his control in the film. Lester was bullied by a classmate, his wife, and even his brother in ridiculous proportions. The film did a good job of making Jerry a belivable character where as lester is more like a caricature of a person in the show. IMO
Unfortunately, there are persons like Lester in real life.

Like him perhaps, however his situations are so contrived. Whenever Lester is on screen now we should hear frolic.


At first the facial tics and body mannerisms of Jerry and Lester were too similar for me. The no spine having, bumbling salesman act had already been done. I'll definitely agree that Lester has completely changed and become quite the doppelganger.
Although now, Im disappointed that they have introduced another pregnant cop that will inevitably solve the case.

Are these just two variations of the same story?

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