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Here’s another redrawn/recolored FANEURYSM comic, newly reborn as a SHARKSPLODE comic. Bask in its unholy tranformation! You can see the original here, and read the blog post I wrote back in March 2014 below. Fargo season 2 is about to start, so now’s a good time to shotgun season 1.

The Fargo TV series is really good. Like REALLY good, dontchaknow. My wife and I started shotgunning it via VOD based on numerous accounts of it being of high quality and damn, if it didn’t grab me right away. At first I was confused, thinking that it was a retelling of the original Coen brothers movie. A lot of the characters and many of the situations seemed to be analogous to the those in the 1996 film. Also, they both started with an onscreen message about being based on a true story. So was it the same true story, or two very similar true stories that happened nearly 20 years apart? Was Martin Freeman’s character supposed to be the TV version of William H. Macey’s character? They both had dead end jobs and got involved with criminals before quickly getting in way over their heads.

So, what was the deal? It turns out the answers to my questions were basically, “Yessss? But also noooo?” Fargo, the movie, is NOT based on a true story. There are a few true crime stories that might have been inspiration, but one of them took place in Connecticut, and neither of them are similar enough to the film to call it “true.” That was just a lie the film makers used when marketing the movie to a world that didn’t yet have immediate access to all recorded facts in their pockets. Bullshitting was easier in the 90’s. Likewise, the FX show is also NOT a true story. It’s a great story, but a false one none the less. After a few episodes you actually learn that Fargo the show is a direct sequel to Fargo the movie in that they take place in the same universe, and at least one plot point carries over directly from one to the next. It is ALSO a bit of a remake/retelling in that many of the characters and situations are TV-ised versions of their movie counterparts. It’s a bit confusing when you analyze it, but it’s also great TV. And I should point out that knowledge of the movie is in no way necessary to enjoy the show.

Now go have some hotdish, hon, and enjoy the nice, gruesome murders on the TV.

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  1. Important to note, although this is another show made *about* North Dakohhhta and Minnesohhhta, it was actually filmed in Can-eh-da, specifically in and around a city I believe you’ve already visited: Calgary, also known as the capital* of Texas North.

    *the actual capital of Alberta AKA Texas North is Edmonton, which much like Austin is a left-leaning, music and arts festival loving city vaguely in the center of the state**.

    **although of course we call them provinces up here.

    • Yeah, but essentially all prime time TV is made in Canada. If there’s a cop or a robot or it’s supposed to be in New York, then it’s Vancouver, BC or maybe Toronto. Continuum is the ONLY show set in Toronto and shot IN Toronto.

      • Continuumbis set in Vancouver, you mean. Yeah, it’s the only show I can think of that’s actually admitting on screen where it’s shot. The closest Toronto gets is Orphan Black, which is very clearly Toronto (and the GTA) but goes to sometimes subtly comedic lengths to avoid ever actually *saying* that.

  2. I am a Wisconsinite and can easily slip into a very thick Midwestern accent (because if you go more than about twenty miles north of Milwaukee, that is the accent any and all directions you receive after inevitably getting lost will come in. It also comes as a free bonus with your meals at restaurants and when you check into any motel that can be described as “quaint”)

    I made myself bust up laughing with that hammer line, because I live in the Pacific Northwest now and I know how ridiculous it sounds.

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