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 Post subject: The Bridge to Fargo
PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:15 am 
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I don't know if Bob ##'s watches Fargo, but he should watch last night's season opening episode. I can't remember ever seeing a movie or TV show set at a bridge tournament before. But Ewan McGregor (who plays two brothers on the show) and his girlfriend Mary Elizabeth Winstead played in a tournament on last night's episode, finishing third in whatever event they were entered. It's been thirty years since I've played tournament bridge, but I don't think I ever saw anyone who looked like Mary Elizabeth Winstead playing in a tourney. Far too many guys who looked like Ewan McGregor though.

And this season shapes up to be just as wacky and offbeat as the other two. There's a lengthy introduction in an East German police station 20 years before the main events on the show that I still have no idea how it fits into the storyline. My favorites so far are Winstead (when she's getting out of the bath tub) and David Thewlis (at other times).

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 Post subject: Re: The Bridge to Fargo
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I've watched the first 15 minutes and then needed to get to bed. I'll finish up the rest tonight.

The East German thing will be some sort of egg that gets opened somewhere. I wonder if they will continue each episode with something like that (a la Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul).

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Shouldn't that be "A Bridge Too Fargo"?

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Shouldn't that be "A Bridge Too Fargo"?

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I don't know if Bob ##'s watches Fargo, but he should watch last night's season opening episode. I can't remember ever seeing a movie or TV show set at a bridge tournament before. But Ewan McGregor (who plays two brothers on the show) and his girlfriend Mary Elizabeth Winstead played in a tournament on last night's episode, finishing third in whatever event they were entered. It's been thirty years since I've played tournament bridge, but I don't think I ever saw anyone who looked like Mary Elizabeth Winstead playing in a tourney. Far too many guys who looked like Ewan McGregor though.

And this season shapes up to be just as wacky and offbeat as the other two. There's a lengthy introduction in an East German police station 20 years before the main events on the show that I still have no idea how it fits into the storyline. My favorites so far are Winstead (when she's getting out of the bath tub) and David Thewlis (at other times).
I saw the movie but I haven't been watching the TV show. There are a few very attractive young women at tournaments (some of whom are national champions), but not very many young people of any sort.

The series is on FX, right? Will I need any background to appreciate the episode? --Bob

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silverscreenselect wrote:
I don't know if Bob ##'s watches Fargo, but he should watch last night's season opening episode. I can't remember ever seeing a movie or TV show set at a bridge tournament before. But Ewan McGregor (who plays two brothers on the show) and his girlfriend Mary Elizabeth Winstead played in a tournament on last night's episode, finishing third in whatever event they were entered. It's been thirty years since I've played tournament bridge, but I don't think I ever saw anyone who looked like Mary Elizabeth Winstead playing in a tourney. Far too many guys who looked like Ewan McGregor though.

And this season shapes up to be just as wacky and offbeat as the other two. There's a lengthy introduction in an East German police station 20 years before the main events on the show that I still have no idea how it fits into the storyline. My favorites so far are Winstead (when she's getting out of the bath tub) and David Thewlis (at other times).
I saw the movie but I haven't been watching the TV show. There are a few very attractive young women at tournaments (some of whom are national champions), but not very many young people of any sort.

The series is on FX, right? Will I need any background to appreciate the episode? --Bob


No- each season of Fargo is completely independent.

Not even related to the movie (although I believe each series had a couple of Easter Egg links to the movie. I know for sure the first season did...still watching season two).

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The series is on FX, right? Will I need any background to appreciate the episode? --Bob


Yes, FX.

I don't think you need any background. Each season so far stands alone, though there are references in Season 1 (takes place in 2006) to things that happened in the past that you see in Season 2 (takes place in 1979) so no one watching Season 1 first could have made the connection. I watched Season 2 first, then Season 1, so I did catch the reference.

Season 3 takes place in 2010, after the events of Season 1 and 2 so there may be more references but I don't see that affecting any understanding or enjoyment of this season's episodes. References may be between law enforcement folks that reminisce about a past case.

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silverscreenselect wrote:
I don't know if Bob ##'s watches Fargo, but he should watch last night's season opening episode. I can't remember ever seeing a movie or TV show set at a bridge tournament before. But Ewan McGregor (who plays two brothers on the show) and his girlfriend Mary Elizabeth Winstead played in a tournament on last night's episode, finishing third in whatever event they were entered. It's been thirty years since I've played tournament bridge, but I don't think I ever saw anyone who looked like Mary Elizabeth Winstead playing in a tourney. Far too many guys who looked like Ewan McGregor though.

And this season shapes up to be just as wacky and offbeat as the other two. There's a lengthy introduction in an East German police station 20 years before the main events on the show that I still have no idea how it fits into the storyline. My favorites so far are Winstead (when she's getting out of the bath tub) and David Thewlis (at other times).
I saw the movie but I haven't been watching the TV show. There are a few very attractive young women at tournaments (some of whom are national champions), but not very many young people of any sort.

The series is on FX, right? Will I need any background to appreciate the episode? --Bob


No- each season of Fargo is completely independent.

Not even related to the movie (although I believe each series had a couple of Easter Egg links to the movie. I know for sure the first season did...still watching season two).
Got it. An anthology series like American Crime and True Detective. I'll check out the episode. Thanks, sss, for the head's up, and thanks, Jeemie, for the information. --Bob

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Thanks again. I watched the first episode of the season. I'm fairly confident that bridge will remain a theme throughout the season. The first two episode titles, "The Law of Vacant Spaces" and "The Law of Restricted Choice," are both bridge terms. I predict that one of the episodes will be titled "The Law of Total Tricks." --Bob

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Bob78164 wrote:
Thanks again. I watched the first episode of the season. I'm fairly confident that bridge will remain a theme throughout the season. The first two episode titles, "The Law of Vacant Spaces" and "The Law of Restricted Choice," are both bridge terms. I predict that one of the episodes will be titled "The Law of Total Tricks." --Bob


So, how many people at tournaments nowadays look and dress like her?

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Bob78164 wrote:
Thanks again. I watched the first episode of the season. I'm fairly confident that bridge will remain a theme throughout the season. The first two episode titles, "The Law of Vacant Spaces" and "The Law of Restricted Choice," are both bridge terms. I predict that one of the episodes will be titled "The Law of Total Tricks." --Bob

It's "The Principle of Restricted Choice". Following will be:
The Law of Non-Contradiction
The Narrow Escape Problem
The House of Special Purpose
The Lord of No Mercy
The Law of Inevitability
Who Rules the Land of Denial?

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Bob78164 wrote:
Thanks again. I watched the first episode of the season. I'm fairly confident that bridge will remain a theme throughout the season. The first two episode titles, "The Law of Vacant Spaces" and "The Law of Restricted Choice," are both bridge terms. I predict that one of the episodes will be titled "The Law of Total Tricks." --Bob


So, how many people at tournaments nowadays look and dress like her?


About 2.8%


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I realize that strange things are par for the course on Fargo, but I didn't think that anything could top last season's flying saucer episode. Until this week. We missed the show when it ran live because a storm messed up our reception, but I saw it tonight.

Strangest. Episode. Ever.

And the scene in the bowling alley.

Strangest. Scene. Ever.

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