Author Luke Annand

Film geek, podcaster and newly minted IATSE member from Regina, Saskatchewan. I met Don McKellar once, and he told me that Quentin Tarantino is exactly like me.

Television Fargo Beard

When Hank asked the 6 year old Molly if she drew a rhinoceros, that wasn’t just a grandpa playing around with his granddaughter. That was actually a nod to the title of this week’s episode title. Written by Hawley and directed by Jeffery Reiner, the title refers to a French absurdist play of the same name, written by Eugene Ionesco.

Television Fargo Reagan

After nods to absurdist plays, Kafka, Greek mythology, Kierkegaard, existentialism and the Old Testament, this week’s episode title is refreshingly familiar to anyone whose celebrated Christmas or saw the “Xmas Story” episode of Futurama. “The Gift of the Magi” is a nod to the famous O. Henry short story of a struggling married couple living in New York City buying gifts for each other at Christmas.

Television Heroee June

Holy shit. That’s the best way to describe this latest episode of Heroes Reborn. For Heroes fans like me who were going into this series with cautious optimism of whether or not Kring and Co. can achieve the heights they attained in Season 1, this was hitting the jackpot after feeding 6 coins into the slot machine.

Television Game 1

After the previous episode’s lack of tension and excitement in spite of plot revelations and character development, “Game Over” brings the series back on track. It re-introduces one of the most beloved characters and elements of the series, has a revelation of one of our new characters and a convergence of two others.

Television Myth 1

Whereas last week’s episode title referred to an obscure parable buried within the writing of Kafka, “The Myth of Sisyphus” needs very little explanation. Sisyphus rolls a boulder up the steep side of a valley or hill and just as he gets to the top with it, the boulder rolls back down and he has to start all over again.

Television Fargo Before

While last week’s premiere episode title was a reference to the famous absurdist play “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett in which two clowns wait for a guy who never shows up, this week’s stellar follow-up “Before the Law” (both written and directed by series creator Noah Hawley) is a nod to a parable made famous by Franz Kafka and is very much in his wheelhouse.

Television Fargo Dutch

OK then. We begin with the old black and white MGM logo. Cut to a black and white film of the bodies of Confederate soldiers and Native Americans strewn across a field as an overwrought film score version of the Fargo series theme plays over the soundtrack. A “Massacre at Sioux Falls” title appears on the screen, followed by “Starring Ronald Reagan”.

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