Sunday, 20 September 2015

Fargo, season 1 - too many parables beside the point

Досматриваем черную комедию-драму сериал «Фарго».
Есть слабые места. Неувязки и откровенная чушь.
Есть отменные моменты цинизма (молоток по голове).
Много бытовой-банальной философии и карикатурных персонажей, похожих на живых.
Жена Лестера увешала дом изречениями про счастье и довольство малым – но при этом только и делает, что пилит бедолагу-мужа, сравнивая с его младшим, но очень успешным братиком.
Смазливая блондинка-жена младшего братика ни на минуту не усомнилась, что её любимый муж имел связь с толстой свояченицей (так, кажется, это называется). Ревность ослепила – мозги, и без того крошечные, вовсе отказали. А где же доверие, понимание и прочие атрибуты как-бы-счастливой супружеской жизни?

Watchable. Yet, too didactic & too many parables beside the point. American series sucks.

Trivia (source)

Fargo is an actual town in North Dakota.

• Every episode starts with the onscreen words "This is a true story. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 2006 [or 1979 depending on what season it is]. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred." This is a nod to the way that the 1996 source movie Fargo started (also by claiming that its events were based on a true story).
However, neither the movie nor the TV show are actually based on true events. In a 2014 interview, the show's Executive Producer Noah Hawley clarified the "true story" episode introductions by saying "the show.... It's all just made up. The whole cloth. I didn't go looking for [a] true crime. It started from a character standpoint and everything grew organically out of that."

Billy Bob Thornton came up with his character's hair cut on his own. The moment Noah Hawley saw him, he knew they were both on the same page regarding the character.

• The 'fox, rabbit, and cabbage' question posed by Pepper and Budge to Lester is the exact same question posed to Martin Freeman (Lester) and his colleagues in The Office (UK, 2001): Season 1, Episode 4 - Training. Martin Freeman (Tim, Lester) gives the correct answer in both series.

• In the final episode of the first season, Lester tells Molly that she's all wrong and he's not a monster. She responds only by telling him a short parable about a man losing a glove out the window of a train and then throwing his second out also, so whoever finds them will have a full set. Lester cannot understand its meaning.

• Each episode of the first season has a title that refers to a koan, parable, or philosophical paradox.

Season One
Episode 1: The Crocodile’s Dilemma
Episode 2: The Rooster Prince
Episode 3: A Muddy Road
Episode 4: Eating the Blame
Episode 5: The Six Ungraspables
Episode 6: Buridan’s Ass
Episode 7: Who Shaves the Barber
Episode 8: The Heap
Episode 9: A Fox, A Rabbit, and A Cabbage
Episode 10: Morton’s Fork
Source, details

Е. Кузьмина
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