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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:06 am 
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Just finished the TV series second season. I was impressed with the first season and dove in to the second season. This is a slow moving disaster series that starts with a mystery. I don't want to spoil it but by the end of S2 there are significant changes that unfold nicely. It takes place in Svalbard in the fictional town of Fortitude. It was filmed in Iceland.

The writing is really well done. It is actually quite sciency with a bit of mumbo jumbo thrown in at appropriate points to twist the plot up nicely. There were very few moments when I was thinking that the writers had failed or gotten lazy. There is a bit of humour and sarcasm put in at the right places but this is not even remotely a comedy show.

The acting is superb. The show centers much around the sheriff of the town who is a classic badly flawed hero type played by Richard Dormer (GoT). He is so well written and well played that I found him to be highly believable. In fact of all of the characters are. No one on the show is overly heroic, adorable or endearing. They all have flaws, vices, weirdness and peculiarities that make them much more real than the most works in the horror/ mystery/ monster type movies. Some people are fat, not so good looking and rude. Many of them are drunks, especially in Season 2.

The camera work is nice, professional and Iceland is easy to look at. Special effects are very good but it is one of the weaker points of the show compared to say a large scale production.

There a few heavies, in S2 Dennis Quaid walks out of nowhere in to the series like he was there all along.

Walking Dead rules apply. No character in the series is safe. If a lesser character starts getting a lot of screen time his or her days are likely numbered.

Violence and grossness is depicted often, but not gratuitously. Nudity appears but only when needed for a plot point. In season 2 after Amazon picked up the series they reduced the nudity and brought out more F Bombs.

Currently rated 7.5/10 I'd put it closer to 9/10 for S1 and 8.5/10 for S2. I very much recommend it if you have Amazon Prime.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:10 am 
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Interest piqued. Thanks for the heads up.

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So, just for reference, what type of grossness? Just grossness associated with violence or stomach-churning weird stuff? I'm pretty good with general gross things unless it crosses into the weirdness/sicko category (which I would think most people would find disturbing, but I have some horror nut friends who eat that stuff up *shudder*). Otherwise, interested.

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Ellywick wrote:
So, just for reference, what type of grossness? Just grossness associated with violence or stomach-churning weird stuff? I'm pretty good with general gross things unless it crosses into the weirdness/sicko category (which I would think most people would find disturbing, but I have some horror nut friends who eat that stuff up *shudder*). Otherwise, interested.


It's progressive. It's starts off pretty guarded and then moves in to some fairly typical horror movie stuff and eventually crosses in to virgin territory weirdness by the end of Season 2. At least it was some stuff I'd never seen before, like anywhere. There was plenty of warning as to what was coming though. And they do provide plot relevant context which is close to historically accurate.

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