Silent killing in the 'post-truth' era, a huge insinuation of reality

Lupe 2022-07-19 15:26:16

Some people say that this season's "Frozen" plot is bad and ugly. However, if you look at it as a ceremonial show full of realistic metaphors and historical echoes, you will find a lot of interesting things.

The third season of "Frozen" is actually about the tip of the iceberg in the dark age.

This era is a post-truth era in which "eloquence is better than facts, opinions are more important than facts, position decides right and wrong, and feelings take precedence over everything".



The season's opening doesn't cut straight to the snow scene in Minnesota, but flashes back to an interrogation room in East Berlin, the capital of East Germany, in 1988, 22 years before the main story.

The interrogation process was short, but it was very beautiful. It only took three seconds to show all the temperament of the ice-blooded violence. Judging from the interrogator's dress and manners, he should be a member of the National Security Agency in the East German era, that is, the famous Stasi (abbreviation of Staatssicherheit).

When the director used the tone of the secret police investigation to tell the logic of "truth" and "story", the atmosphere of the entire show was foreshadowed - all the narration in the future, all the Rashomon Events, of all ambiguities, will have a nihilistic and ultimate answer.


This Cold War-flavored presentation also teases out a general character background context:

22 years ago, Yuri Gurka, a mysterious thug life man, fled from Ukraine to East Germany, killed his girlfriend, and disappeared into the crowd.

reality metaphor

From 1984 to 1990, Putin happened to be working at the KGB in Dresden in East Germany. In official records, the KGB operates independently, but it is absolutely impossible that they have not had contact with the local secret police.

In the later episodes, Yuri kept mentioning Putin and Russia under Putin, and the metaphor in it is not difficult to understand - the secret organization operated by Mr. Varga is actually largely based on the secret police of East Germany and the Soviet Union. That set achieves its own goals through eavesdropping , tracking, intimidation, and distorting facts. That is to say, the behind-the-scenes manipulator of the show, the one who really fiddles with the fate of the characters, operates in the same way as the KGB and Stasi.

literary echoes

If we look at this episode from the perspective of text reading, we can actually find the shadow of Kafka's novels. That's right, I'm talking about Kafka's masterpiece, The Trial.

In the first few minutes, the pure German dialogue between the interrogator and the suspect, the actor's performance is very German, and it really feels like Kafka is possessed. More importantly, the content of the play and the content of the novel have a high degree of similarity in setting - the irrefutable innocence of the protagonist, the distorted facts of the bureaucracy, the political reality of corruption, darkness and incompetence, disturbing and incompetent. An eerie atmosphere.

Everyone can't escape, everyone will be trapped by their own fetters, and they will get deeper and deeper - Emmit Stussy will be unable to extricate himself in the vortex of money laundering, Ray Stussy will go into the abyss in distress and embarrassment, even the former policeman. The eldest lady, Gloria Burgle, is also puzzled by her stepfather's life experience and the automatic door that can't be opened automatically for her.


Mr. Irv Blumkin


As the plot unfolds layer by layer, Mr. Varga's mysterious identity gradually attracts attention. So, the first person who dared to investigate his background appeared.

Mr. Irv, who appeared briefly on the scene, used Google to search Mr. Varga's name with difficulty, but unexpectedly, he was counter-reconnaissance by the other party - the computer was hacked, the camera was controlled to take pictures, and then the office was also cut off by the other party. .

There are three types of people on the Internet. One is when you search for Ta's name. All of them have the same name. You can't find who you are at all. This is just a small person in the crowd.

The second kind of person is a slightly arrogant person, and the news of Ta is overwhelming, but this kind of person is just a horse boy running around in front of the stage. For example, celebrities and politicians are not the operators behind the scenes.

The third type of people is the real behind the scenes. You can't find their names online, but everything in your life is related to them. They are the people at the top of the pyramid, such as the behind-the-scenes head of the Rothschild family, such as the elders of the Illuminati, such as the supreme elite who control the shadow government of the world.

Mr. Varga is similar to the third type of person. You can only find a piece of information about him on the Internet. You click in and you won't see any information, but you will be immediately targeted by him. This hint of the secret police gradually became clearer in relation to the first episode. As the agent of the highest interest group and the operator of the shell company, on the one hand, he has a huge amount of resources, human and financial resources, and on the other hand, he also monitors and manipulates all the chess pieces that can be used by him.

Yuri and his Asian-faced diminutive partner Meemo are officially out

historical echo

Within minutes of their appearance, they did what they were supposed to do - throw the old Irv Blumkin guy who was searching for Mr Varga downstairs and pretend to kill himself.

However, before killing Irv, Yuri used his Slavic accent to make a very missionary speech. I don’t know why, many Slavic thugs in many films like to mumble some such historical and nationalistic things before killing people. thing.

Yuri said he was a Cossack, and when he saw that Irv's surname was Blumkin, he knew that he must kill this man, because Blumkin was a Jewish surname. Historically, the Cossacks and the Jews were mortal enemies, just like the Spartans and the Athenians, who have been killing for hundreds of years on the Great Plains of Eastern Europe since the 17th century. The slaughter of Jews is simply the duty of the Cossacks. Every Cossack should kill several Jews before and after to prove his sense of national existence.

So, Yuri 's few simple lines of dialogue are actually anti-Semitic declarations, like a final prayer to Irv before he dies.

reality metaphor

At the end of the episode, it was Mr. Varga's turn for a long monologue. He talked about the activities of many conspiracy theories-like secret organizations, and the world in their eyes.

Without exception, in his lines , Gansu, North Korea, and Africa are just fleeting lines. The only thing worth talking about is definitely Russia - how well-organized Russia is under Putin, as long as you understand The methodology of bribery, and can play the old Maozi's set of relationships and bureaucracy. Then you can do anything you want with your money.

Although this may sound cliché, it is very Western values. But it's pretty pertinent, because he's describing Stussy's path to becoming a billionaire on paper in much the same way that the Russian oligarchs did. Since it's so penetrating, it is a matter of course that (it is said) this paragraph was choked and not broadcast in Russia.


historical echo

Not long after the fourth episode, Yuri directly dictated a story related to Putin. This dialogue was so good that it was snuffed out in Russia again. Here I insist on releasing the original lines, and then tell you a related The most mysterious spy story in Soviet history.

"When Putin was a child, he knew he would join the security service and become an agent. He lives in a house like a well. On his bedside hung a portrait of Berzin. This man is the godfather of the Russian military intelligence agency. He spent time in prison in the 1920s, and later created the Soviet intelligence system and deeply influenced the KGB.

This child named Putin, he learned sambo (Soviet national skill, a kind of hand-to-hand combat with strong practicality), and used his own hands to play a chassis in school.

In Russia there are two words for truth, one is pravda (right, true thing), and this truth belongs to man. Another word is istina (truth, truth), and this truth belongs to God.

But at the same time, there is another word, nepravda, which is a lie, a weapon used by the leaders. Because he knows what people don't know, what he says is true. 』

In this dialogue, a very key figure is mentioned, Berzin. If you read the following story about Berzin, you will agree with me - maybe Varga's prototype has the shadow of Berzin, the Soviet spy god.

character archetype

Berzin, whose full name is Jan Karlovich Berzin, is a Latvian. During the period of Tsarist Russia, he was sentenced to several years of hard labor in a Siberian prison for supporting the Bolsheviks, participating in the labor movement, and killing a policeman. Later, he became a soldier, served in the Russian army, and participated in the First World War. After the October Revolution, he joined the Red Army and officially became a capable general of the Soviet Army.

He joined the intelligence service, worked in the Cheka (revolutionary committee), was promoted by the 20th century spy maniac Dzerzhinsky, and slowly became the head of the intelligence department of the Red Army. Later, in order to check and balance the strength of the Cheka and develop the military's intelligence network, Trotsky asked Berzin to set up the Fourth Bureau of the General Staff, that is, the Military Intelligence Bureau, which was later the famous GRU (Intelligence Bureau) General Administration).

Later, the Cheka developed into the feared KGB (National Security Council), and in the entire Soviet period, the only one that could compete with it was the GRU under Berzin.

There is not much about Berzin himself, but his code name "Old Man (Starik)" is a well-known name in the Soviet era. Especially in the eyes of Cold War opponents Americans, there are many stories that changed according to his code name. For example, a later American Cold War spy war blockbuster "Cold War", in which he fought against the US CIA for decades, almost caused chaos in the US behind the scenes. , is the "old man". However, many things that he did not do were put on his head, because he was really too mysterious, and he could only find inspiration from the things he did.

The most famous subordinate that Berzin cultivated was the first Soviet spy, Richard Sorge. He thought that the Soviet Union provided the most crucial information, telling Stalin that the Japanese would go to war with the United States and would not attack the Soviet Union. This directly affected Stalin's layout on the Western Front and changed the outcome of World War II.

However, Berzin always had great ability and could not escape the fate of being purged. In 1938, he was ordered to be executed by Stalin.

So, you should understand what Mr. Varga meant when he mentioned that Putin had Berzin's head on his bed, and Berzin's name was mentioned in the ice storm.

The dragon who was killed by the air conditioner in the first episode, he was wearing Russia Lovers

In the second half, Mr. Varga, who was sitting in front of the monitoring equipment, hung a portrait of Stalin on his left. At this moment, the metaphor of the Soviet espionage system, the metaphor of the secret police, and the metaphor of the oligarchs and nuggets all surfaced.


Yuri, a Ukrainian, started educating people about Siberia. It seems that the living environment of Siberia in European and American society and the wild stories of Russia have a general deterrent effect.

In the land of Siberia (which should refer to Russia in a broad sense), the tradition of killing is a symbol of power and a tacit understanding of domination, whoever establishes his own authority through powerful conquest. But in contrast, the United States is a loose and loose place without a spiritual core of tenacity.

This brief presentation of suffering has a lot to do with Russian history and nationality. In the midst of suffering, strength and power have also obtained sufficient soil for survival and absolute growth space. This is incomprehensible to a nation that has not experienced suffering.

Like Yuri said, there are only malls and dead Indians. Compared with the Russians who have made huge sacrifices, the Americans are simply not worth mentioning. More directly , the screenwriter used Yuri's mouth to speak out about the weakness of Americans - this weakness is both historical weakness and real weakness.

The strong and prosperous are always only appearances, and only the Russians who are not afraid of death are the survivors on the permafrost, the 'the chosen one'.

Then, Yuri took out the prop he had been carrying with him, a Cossack whip, and started beating Nikki.

The pagan execution method here can be seen as another "intentional" by the screenwriter. Using the Cossack 's whip to beat the enemy (also a woman) was both a punishment in the army and a punishment in the gulag. A lot of modern gangsters have lost a lot of ways to know their opponents—such as shooting headshots with guns or burying them alive. Instead, there is a bit more abuse with a sense of pagan ritual.

So, this is the director/writer reminding you once again that this is a film with a sense of ritual, and the plot is just the gear that drives the ritual.


After Meemo confronted the IRS with the exact same tax review style, the song that played in the background was a Russian song. The song is called, "Red Army Choir: Cossack's Song".

Treasure knives, war horses, Cossack cavalrymen, distant places, hometowns, fields, the voice of a lover... With the deepening of the conspiracy, perhaps to set off the momentum of the villain after his victory, this war-themed Russian patriotic song appeared a little unpredictable.

In this episode, there is another thing about music, which is Lenin's evaluation of Beethoven's piano sonata No. 23 "Passion".

Gorky recorded Lenin's evaluation of Beethoven in 1924. Darkness and light, love and struggle, are all in the music.

Lenin knew it all, and if you look carefully at this passage, it is very meaningful.

"One evening, in Moscow, Lenin was listening to Beethoven's "Passion," played by Isaiah Dobrovein.

Lenin said: I don't know of anything greater than Passion, I can listen to it every day.

Shocked! Superman's music! I always think about this question with pride, maybe a little naive: look what miracles our people have created!

Then, he rolled his eyes, smiled, and said something a little sad:

But I can't listen to it very often, it affects my nerves and makes me want to say something nice to those who live in filthy hell, stroking their foreheads.

But today, we can't absolutely not touch anyone's forehead, or our hands will be bitten off: we have to beat them on the head, without pity, just beat them. But in our ideals, we should oppose such violence - this is a desperate question! 』


Yuri goes on an important silence mission and finally wears the bear fur hood that has been featured in previous episodes.

The historical feud between Cossacks and Jews once again becomes a ritualized confrontation in the plot, as the Coen brothers' famous bowling ball's soul dialogue (which appeared in the Coen brothers' masterpiece "The Murder of Green Toes/Big Lelbowski") ),appearing again.

In the bowling hall, a mysterious Jew appears. He named Yuri's ancestors and brought a message. After this message, Yuri's fate ended.

As for who is this mysterious person? grim Reaper? God of vengeance? There is no answer.


The finale of this season is based on the discussion of the "post-truth era/Potst-truth era", and one of the most powerful metaphors introduced by the screenwriter comes from a Russian proverb - the future is certain, the past is Unpredictable.

This sentence also points out the real connection between 'this is a story' and 'this is a true story' that the play keeps repeating, which is the essence of post-truth and the essence of that Russian proverb - what we call The truth is always the truth that has been re-presented after processing. The real truth will always keep a distance between us. The public will be transformed into phantoms in the sea of ​​information networks, and they will be rushed to unknown distances by the so-called social tide.

The main screenwriter and director Noah Hawley said in a later interview that this season of "Frozen" was being prepared and filmed at a time when the U.S. presidential election and Trump's collusion with Russia were raging. Russia, the truth, tainted evidence (also called Kompromat, a political slang invented by the KGB), and the mapping of scandalous politics make it hard not to draw the plot of this episode closer to reality and compare it.

So, looking at it this way, the whole story is a huge deconstruction.

All references and hints of Soviet-Russian-related elements point to the ultimate answer hanging in the dark - just like Mr. Varga sitting in the dark interrogation room at the end of the film.

The reality is always crueler than the truth, you have to watch this drama again.

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Extended Reading

The Law of Vacant Places quotes

  • Nikki Swango: You're the hand and I'm the glove.

    Ray Stussy: You're the bottle and I'm the beer.

    Nikki Swango: Or the beer and the glass in my case.

  • Ray Stussy: Hey! Dickhead!

    Maurice LeFay: Huh?

    Ray Stussy: I gotta place, turns out a place that needs some robbing. A little robbing, not wholesale burglary, just a specific... Just looking for a certain item. And if you do it... well let's just say... your little problem goes up in smoke.

    Maurice LeFay: What are we talking about?

    Ray Stussy: A stamp.

    Maurice LeFay: A stamp?... Like a... postage stamp?

    Ray Stussy: Yeah.

    Maurice LeFay: Cool... Cool... So I mean, I know I'm the moron but...

    Ray Stussy: It's not that kind of stamp numb nuts... It's a vintage stamp, it's got you know... sentimental value for me... It's my stamp.

    Maurice LeFay: Your stamp.

    Ray Stussy: But it's, you know, at someone else's house temporarily.

    Maurice LeFay: Cool, cool... So why not just ask for it back?

    Ray Stussy: Well it's, you know, complicated... Just get the damn stamp.