Fargo: The Birthplace of Civilization
October 19, 2020 9:07 AM - Season 4, Episode 5 - Subscribe

Josto strikes back. Ethelrida does the right thing. Loy finds himself against the ropes. Deafy shakes the tree.
posted by fight or flight (6 comments total)
 
Interesting episode! Lots of slow building tension and not so many ghosts this week (I definitely spent all of the scenes in the Smutney household waiting for that ghoul to loom out of the shadows).

The scenes of Gaetano and Calamita putting the hurting on various folks were gorgeously shot. I could watch Dana Gonzales direct men to walk across a street for hours.

I thought it was interesting that there was a direct reflection in Gaetano dancing to music playing inside his head and Oraetta doing the same when she was making her pie and we saw the turntable stop. I hadn't considered them to be foils or connected, but I can totally see it now -- both Chaotic Evil from different ends of the spectrum.
posted by fight or flight at 12:26 PM on October 19 [1 favorite]


I'm enjoying the 4th season of Fargo as much as I did the 1st 3. Chris Rock has long been a favorite of mine. (Not really related to this show, but it looks like Everybody Hates Chris is available via CBS All Access.)
posted by kingless at 4:47 PM on October 19


I'm starting to break with the Gaetano character, but I'm not sure if I want his downfall to be from brains or a live-by-the-sword die-etc. situation.

For sure, Rock continues to deliver.

Sorry to see Dr. Doctor Senator, esq. go. Is the idea that the cafe was way out in the middle of nowhere? Even so and even with a super corrupt constabulary, how does the Consiglieri get away with murder in broad daylight?

Can't make myself blame Ethelrida.
posted by porpoise at 9:14 PM on October 19


how does the Consiglieri get away with murder in broad daylight?

Step one: he's not the consiglieri, who got sent back East last episode.
posted by kirkaracha at 10:56 PM on October 19


I'm starting to break with the Gaetano character, but I'm not sure if I want his downfall to be from brains or a live-by-the-sword die-etc. situation.

Given the way tangential characters are being conscripted into the war, I have a theory as to how the gluttonous Gaetano meets his end, but we shall see.

This is easily my favourite of the four seasons, at least by this point in the story - worrying for the sad sack protagonists and the persistent dread of previous seasons did begin to wear me down. We're only at the half-way point, though, so we shall see about that too.
posted by Grangousier at 5:05 AM on October 20 [1 favorite]


Sorry to see Dr. Doctor Senator, esq. go. Is the idea that the cafe was way out in the middle of nowhere?

Same with Gaetano shooting the two café workers; nobody noticed? nobody cared? I think this is like 50% magical realism and 50% the police being very firmly in the pockets of the Faddas.

I was sorry to see Doctor Senator go too, especially immediately after another electric scene; plotwise though I think it was necessary to off someone significant to ratchet up the war.

I have a theory as to how the gluttonous Gaetano meets his end

Chekov's laudanum?

My theory of show is that this is building towards a nobody-wins ending in which both the pawn-swap sons get sacrificed.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 10:52 AM on October 22


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