Internet Regained: Fargo 3


By lunchtime Monday, the web service had been restored. Full marks to the engineer with his little meter box and fibre optic joinery stuff.

The first thing I did that evening was begin Fargo series 3. I’ve yet to see the movie on which the series is based but so far it looks like a case of diminishing returns. I quite enjoyed series 1 with Billy Bob Thornton doing his weirdo freelancing hitman thing. Even Martin Freeman’s hammy and exaggerated portrayal of put-upon nerdy Lester wasn’t too off putting. It was a strong narrative and a good cast.

Series 2 was one of those “prequel” schticks. In my view, this tends to be a fail. Why do we need the backstory after the main event? It happens to much; in movies mainly.

Ted Danson starred in this one, reminiscent of the bald eagle from the Muppet Show, and the Hank’s boy – a veritable chip off the old block. I suppose sharing the same title, Fargo, there would be similarities in character portrayals and overall style, but I saw it as a watered down version of the first.

For two episodes of series 3, I had been distracted by the way these Americans interchange their “o” and “a”- “I’ll coll the caps an ya”; “you wont same hat caffee?” “where’s the porking lat?” – and the facial familiarity of one of the main players – the parking lot entrepreneur. Where have I seen him before?

Of course, I recognised Thewlis, the villain, straightaway. “From America”, he says when asked where he’s from, but they left him with his regional English accent; sounding peculiarly odd-fish but possibly an effectively clever move by the makers. But that other guy?!

Up it comes in the credits: Ewan McGregor… of course it is! Now you say it! It’s the black, curly-permed hairdo they’ve given him which had me fooled, looking like the younger brother of Bob Ross. I feel I have underestimated the McGregor; he’s not a bad actor.

(my definition of a good actor is one I don’t immediately recognise)


  1. I do like Ewan Mcgregor and have seen quite a few of his films, first being Trainspotting which was the first British film of the 90’s that l actually thoroughly enjoyed and made me believe in British films again. He is a fine actor but l admittedly have not heard of Fargo.

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      1. I will have a looksee, l don’t watch that much television although l have been watching a few series over the last few months and some of those are ending their seasons.


      2. I like to find a film to watch, mostly a classic or an old film. Too many newer films are special effects and overlong fight scenes or battles.
        I also like to get into a series but it’s at the exclusion of all else, and on-demand. I don’t do normal telly watching much at all – watching a sitcom, then a drama, then a documentary etc. I didn’t go in for that sort of viewing even before the internet.

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      3. Seriously, I think I’m easily disappointed. I imagine what something could be and it falls short and it’s a bummer.
        Not quickly or easily bored but inevitably anything will become stale, and stale will make things mediocre. Then I feel I have to up my game or find something else to learn how to do.

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      4. Got you, l can relate to that.

        I used to get terribly bored when younger and probably up to my forties l could and would have to multitask many things at once, thankfully things aren’t as bad as they used to be .

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    1. Actually, when I posted I’d only watched one episode not two – I was mistaken. Now I see that McGregor plays two parts in it – both brothers – and they look as different as chalk and cheese. And neither looks like McGregor.

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    1. It’s billed as “dark humour” here but that’s an odd label – most of true life could be dark humour. If it’s not someone having a custard pie in the face or slipping on a banana skin.

      We don’t know much about the different perceptions of your regions but I bet it’s like in the UK, only bigger. Is Midwest good? It’s always snowing in the show.

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      1. I agree with your definition. I like some dark humor, but I did not like the parts of “Fargo” that were sad or vulgar.

        The best scene in the movie that portrayed the Midwest was one in which a police officer drives to the bar owner’s house and they talk. It’s understated and a bit naïve; comforting in its countryman colloquial-ness.

        Here, I found it:

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      2. I haven’t seen the movie of it – but I see it’s snowed again.

        The police seem to be cut from the same cloth, unlike the cops which make the news lately, and which is how they’re usually portrayed; gung-ho types. Fargo cops act like humble public servants.

        That clip reminds me of a Norwegian police drama series I saw last year. I can’t think what it was about now – maybe it was just the presence of a lot of snow and a man sweeping it with a broom.

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      3. I just realized I hadn’t answered your question about the weather. The winter in the northern parts of the Midwest is seriously, very very cold. Yes, it snows. Because of the humidity, they also get ice storms and winds that cut right through you.

        Then, they have spring and summer and autumn. They’re lovely. 🙂

        Every single policeman I’ve encountered in life has been a humble public servant. A friend of mine had more of the scary, gung-ho situation in Atlanta, Georgia when they thought she’d stolen a car, so it’s likely a matter of where and how much crime the area usually has (and how violent of crime).

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