Fargo

Fargo

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2014
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The Coen Brothers Best Picture Oscar Nominee transforms into the season's most talked about TV debut. It features a new "true crime" story and new characters, all chilled in the trademark dry wit, murderous mayhem and "Minnesota nice" of the original classic film. Lorne Malvo, is a manipulative master criminal who changes the life of insurance salesmen Lester Nygaard. Gus Grimly and Molly Solverson are the small-town police officers who join forces to uncover Lester's secrets.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2014.
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 541 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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GHutt
Sep 20, 2016

Takes the bleak, dark-humour of the film and spins an engaging longer-form narrative bolstered by great performances. Highly recommended.

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acej
Jul 12, 2016

I had mixed expectations going into watching the first season. I was highly impressed and enjoyed every second of each episode. Suspenseful, engaging, and articulate storytelling for being a show on a network like FX. Definitely recommend .

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roystreet
Jul 01, 2016

Great entertainment, though not for late-night viewing: it kept me awake, anyway.

The production values and photography brilliantly reproduce a wintry Minnesota. (Canada -- in this case Alberta -- looks more American than America.) The actors are terrific, too; to cite just one, Martin Freeman's transformation from nebbish to predator-wannabe.

My chief objection is the often patronizing tone. The Coen brothers seem to think they're God.

"Malvo" is short for "Malvolio" one who wills evil.

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melek
Apr 13, 2016

Excellent, excellent, excellent!! Great transition from movie to series.

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joeguy
Feb 15, 2016

Perfectly cast. Perfectly scripted. Perfect intended/unintended 'moral' to it. Perfect musical store. Instant classic. LOVE THIS and can't believe I JUST discovered the series. As good as Breaking Bad.

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slarsen
Jun 15, 2015

The bar was set too high for this FARGO to be even moderately interesting. Don't bother if you've seen the first FARGO, so disappointing.

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jimg2000
Apr 19, 2015

Some parallel to the movie Fargo, that Molly as Marge Gunderson and Lester as Jerry Lundegaard who crossed bloody paths in a small Minnesota town with a ruthless hit man Lorne Malvo as the psychotic killer. Thornton's performance made season one special as Molly was gaining experience and respect in Bemidji Police Department. Great original material even as a pre-quel to the movie Fargo.

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jimg2000
Apr 14, 2015

From wikiquote site:

Chief Vern: You'll make a good chief one day.
Molly: Me? What about Bill? He's got seniority.
Vern: Bill cleans his gun with bubble bath. No, it'll be you.

Lorne Malvo: Your problem is you spent your whole life thinking there are rules. There aren't. We used to be gorillas. All we had is what we could take and defend. The truth is, you're more of a man today than you were yesterday.
Lester: How do you figure?
Lorne Malvo: It's a red tide, Lester, this life of ours. The shit they make us eat day after day, the boss, the wife, et cetera, wearing us down. If you don't stand up to it, let 'em know you're still an ape deep down where it counts, you're just gonna get washed away.

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jimg2000
Apr 14, 2015

Postal Worker: This is highly irregular.
Lorne Malvo: No, highly irregular is the time I found a human foot in a toaster oven. This is just odd.

Molly: I'm 31, Dad. I carry a gun.
Lou Solverson: I know. But it's relative, you know? There's the kind of things a schoolteacher gets exposed to--truancy and the like-- and then there's the stuff a cop sees-- murder and violence and general scofflawery. And then there's the kind of deal you're looking at now.
Molly: Which is?
Lou: Which is, if I'm right...savagery, pure and simple. Slaughter, hatred. Devils with dead eyes and shark smiles. And one day, you're gonna get married and have kids, and when you look at them, their faces, you need to see what's good in the world, 'cause if you don't, how you gonna live?

Gina Hess: Now here I am, stuck in the Yukon with my two mongoloid sons.

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jimg2000
Apr 14, 2015

Molly: What's that about a riddle?
Gus: Like, um, how come the human eye can see more shades of green than any other color?

Lorne Malvo: Of course no one hangs the sad pictures. Am I right? Mom crying and dad looking angry. Kid with a black eye.

Bill Oswalt: [to Molly] I used to have positive opinions about the world, you know, about people. Used to think the best. Now I'm looking over my shoulder. An unquiet mind, that's what the wife calls it. The job has got me staring into the fireplace, drinking. I never wanted to be the type to think big thoughts about the nature of things and...all I ever wanted was a stack of pancakes and a v8.

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