Feiten. Anders bekeken.

Fargo – Season 1

Geschreven door  op in Cultuur, The Mobile Life.

I discovered Fargo through Martin Freeman’s involvement. The actor that became a star with Sherlock, and a superstar through The Hobbit is joined by a supercast like Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks and an almost unrecognisable Bob Odenkirk.

The Fargo-TV show is set in the same universe as the 1996 Coen brother film. Fans will recognise a lot of easter eggs and stories connecting with previously told stories by Ethan and Joel. An upcoming season 2 will be told from an anthology-format, with almost no connection points.

There are minor story spoilers in this review. 

Just like the movie, most of the series a lot of references are made to the city of Fargo, but with most of the series taking place in a neighbouring state. The first season of Fargo follows the story of loser-insurance salesman Lester Nygaard who encounters contract-killer Lorne Malvo in the sleepy town of Bemidji, Minnesota. Bemidji Deputy Molly Solverson and Duluth police officer Gus Grimly are both characters trying to find their way as things dissolve and resolve around them. When Officer Bill Oswalt becomes Police Chief, it’s obvious that not everyone is up for the task of protecting and serving, let alone leading.

In between blood and human horror, there is room for love and life. 

The cold and snow are a perfect setting for the chilling things these flawed characters are capable of. Fargo’s DP Dana Gonzales chose to shoot on more wider lenses, giving space to the environments and characters to breath and interact

Top class acting is combined by the strong writing of show creator Noah Hawley. Jeff Russo is a relative newcomer in the scoring world, but his Fargo Main Theme and the rest of the score is amazing and can be considered a true classic from the moment it aired.

Aw Jeez.

If the events of the show aren’t interesting enough, the character progression is done with such subtlety and mastery storytelling that it’s just plain fun to watch.

Fargo is one of those series that grabs your attention from the first minutes of the series, all the way until you pop in the final disk and watch the chilling conclusion to this epic tale.

Fargo Season 1 is available in Belgium April 29th 2015 on a gorgeous DVD and Blu-ray filled with extra’s like audio commentaries, deleted scenes and making-of features. It’s also streaming on Netflix.

Visiting Fargo

With Fargo being the ‘center of a crime-syndicate’, and Bemidji being Siberia with family restaurants it’s easy to forget that North Dakota is an actually nice location with friendly people and a lot of heritage close to the Canadian border.

No, it’s not where Mount Rushmore is, that’s South Dakota. Instead, it has the gorgeous Theodore Roosevelt National Park with the Maah Daah Hey Trail. And of course, Fargo is one of the nicest fast-growing small towns in the USA. A town-feeling in a 100k city, with heritage places like the famous Fargo Theatre. Just seeing the pictures makes me nostalgic for the time I saw Sin City in Indianapolis back in 2005. For those who have never visited the States, walking around there really feels like walking in a movie.

Minnesota, by the way, is hipster capital, home of Walmart and the original Zombie Pub Crawl. Quite contradictory. I love it!

Hmm, perhaps it is time to take another visit to the States.


Ook interessant

Spectre (Blu-ray)

22/02/2016

22/02/2016

Movie From the continuous opening shot of five minutes, Spectre takes you on an adventure that is pure entertainment, worthy...

‘Uitgelezen’ brengt Hugo Matthysen naar Smaaksalon Hasselt

03/03/2017

03/03/2017

Op 7 maart vindt de volgende editie van ‘Uitgelezen’ plaats in het gezellige Smaaksalon in Hasselt. ‘Uitgelezen’ is een literaire...

Apple lanceert de iPhone voor iedereen.

01/05/2020

01/05/2020

Als geek-in-residence krijg ik regelmatig de vraag: “Welke smartphone moet ik nu kopen?” Mijn antwoord is al sinds maart 2008:...

The City of a Hundred Spires

15/10/2015

15/10/2015

Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is one of those cities that easily gets forgotten between the big touristic destinations...

“Take back your life.” Gebruik voortaan een domme telefoon.

12/01/2017

12/01/2017

Een ‘domme’ telefoon. Daarmee zou je The Light Phone best kunnen omschrijven. Maar zo is hij wel bedoeld. Het ding...

The new IKEA smell

03/02/2016

03/02/2016

We all know how it smells when you finished building those new IKEA packets. A mixture between wood and and...

London Underground Typeface turns 100

15/06/2016

15/06/2016

It might be one of the most iconic and beloved fonts out there: Johnston. Since its creation in 1916 it...

Captain America: Civil War

24/04/2016

24/04/2016

I never had a history of American comic book heroes. The closest we got at home to big heroes was...

Apple Watch Hermès & Edition at Selfridges

14/01/2016

14/01/2016

All the tourists visiting London may clamour over Harrods, but everyone that has set foot at Selfridges’s flagship store in...

10.000 steps

10/07/2014

10/07/2014

Will a simple iPhone app make me move more than a fitness app? Perhaps ..

Importing XQD Cards on an iPad

05/07/2016

05/07/2016 2

Update for the 2018 iPad Pro below iPad Pro with Lightning So, two months ago I got a shiny new...

Eindelijk! Cultuur geeft de aftrap voor een nieuwstedelijk centrum

11/01/2018

11/01/2018

Vrijdagavond opent De Nieuwe Zaal in de Maastrichterstraat in Hasselt. Tot einde 2020 wordt de oude turnzaal van een bijna...

Weird Al Yankovic live at the AB

02/10/2015

02/10/2015

Since the eighties, Weird Al has risen to fame and managed to stay relevant over the past three decades with...

The Technology Opera, in the key of HP

10/05/2012

10/05/2012

<p>HP invited us for their Global Influencers Summit 2012 in Shanghai to present 'the future'. Did they live up to to promise? </p>

A day in the life (of HomeKit)

02/02/2018

02/02/2018

Apple’s home automation system Homekit has been in my life for a few years now, which means that it is time...

Reageer
Geef een reactie

Het e-mailadres wordt niet gepubliceerd. Vereiste velden zijn gemarkeerd met *

Deze site gebruikt Akismet om spam te verminderen. Bekijk hoe je reactie-gegevens worden verwerkt.