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Jason Momoa is headed back into the wilderness. Recently, Discovery Canada announced they have renewed the TV show Frontier for a third season.The historical drama, which airs on Netflix in the U.S., centers on the rough and often violent North American fur trade of the late 18th century. In addition to Momoa, the series stars Alun Armstrong, Zoe Boyle, and Landon Liboiron.Read More… »
Network: PBS. Episodes: Ongoing (two hours). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: June 24, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Stefanie Martini, Sam Reid, Blake Harrison, Alun Armstrong, Ruth Sheen, Jessica Gunning, Andrew Brooke, Nick Sidi, Geraldine Somerville, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Nancy Carroll, Rosie Day, Lex Shrapnel, Jay Taylor, Jacob James Beswick, Joshua Hill, Daniel Ezra, Tommy McDonnell, and Jordan Long. TV show description: A prequel to the Helen Mirren police drama, and adapted from the Lynda La Plante novel Tennison, the Prime Suspect: Tennison TV show airs on ITV in UK as Prime Suspect: 1973. The series centers on Jane Tennison (Martini) in the early days of her »
Gem Wheeler Mar 16, 2017
As the Julie Ann Collins case gains in complexity, the only thing that's certain is there are more twists and turns to come...
This review contains spoilers.
The disturbing revelations uncovered during a search of the Collins family home are the focus of the Prime Suspect prequel’s third episode, as Julie Ann’s whereabouts in her last days finally start to emerge from the haze of half-truths surrounding her murder. The ongoing investigation into the Collins’ personal affairs turns up another unpleasant secret when a bloodstained golf club is found among a set hidden in an understairs cupboard. George Collins initially sticks to the version of events he’s previously told Di Bradfield, but, when confronted by evidence that he was visited by the missing Eddie Phillips, »
Gem Wheeler Mar 2, 2017
ITV's Prime Suspect prequel gets off to a strong start. Spoilers...
This review contains spoilers.
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Jane Tennison (Stefanie Martini) isn’t having a good day. Her journey to work is interrupted when she witnesses a mugging and rushes off the bus to give chase, but the woman involved, while grateful, isn’t interested in reporting the crime. When the young Wpc finally arrives at the police station in Hackney at which she’s on probation after completing her training, her hair’s dishevelled and her make-up’s smeared. She gets an earful from the overbearing Sergeant Harris (Andrew Brooke) and is swiftly put on tea-and-biscuit duty for her male superiors, who are quite happy to leave their washing-up »
Television and movie producers have a weird habit of doubling-up on big ideas, delivering two projects with more or less the same basic concept at roughly the same time. For no apparent reason, we'll get hit with a couple of "giant space rock threatens to destroy the Earth" blockbusters in the same summer; or a pair of "behind the scenes at a late-night comedy series" in the same fall TV season. So perhaps it's not that odd that FX and Netflix are about to serve up competing historical adventures, both »
The theme music for “Frontier” encapsulates the whole show. It starts a little outsize, with an electric guitar riff over the orchestral strings that we’ve come to associate with adventure shows. But then the drumbeat changes subtly, and a chant-like singing is mixed into the music. The new element is Cree powwow drumming and singing — a warlike song, if not a war song. Against the brash guitar and “epic” strings, it’s at first buried, and then dissonant, before coming together to create a distinct, beautiful sound.
“Frontier,” a Canadian Netflix original debuting stateside this weekend, is a historical epic that capitalizes on the best features of prestige television. It’s sprawling, diverse, and detailed, with an eye towards complicating simple assumptions about its subjects. Because we’re in the midst of a glut of shows touting prestige markers, “Frontier” at first seems to be just another show parading its blood, guts »
- Sonia Saraiya
All six episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
If it’s possible for a show to be remarkably unremarkable, Netflix’s Frontier, a co-production with Discovery Channel Canada, makes an exceptional case. Grizzled and merciless, yet also drab and un-involving, this 18th Century-based period drama is dark, brooding and quite violent. No doubt of that. But there’s little that makes it unique or intriguing, especially in its muddled execution. Cold, monotonous, dimly lit and fairly shallow in its approach, it’s almost as if the freshman series tries to be as dull as possible. In this age of modern television, especially during its peak era, it’s a starkly mediocre piece of work.
In 1670, King Charles II grants England’s Hudson’s Bay Company land they can’t rightfully claim. Occupied by “aboriginal peoples for thousands of years,” as the opening credits put so elegantly, they once held a dominant fur trading monopoly, »
- Will Ashton
With just two weeks to go until Frontier arrives on Netflix, the streaming service has released a new trailer for the historical drama which stars Jason Momoa as a part-Irish, part-native American outlaw campaigning to breach the fur trade alongside Alun Armstrong, Allan Hawco, Landon Liboiron, Greg Bryk, Shawn Doyle, Tantoo Cardinal, and Jessica Matten; check it out below…
In 18th-century North America, ruthless trappers and entrepreneurs fight to wrest control of the fur trade from the mighty Hudson’s Bay Company.
Frontier arrives on Netflix on January 20th. »
- Amie Cranswick
“Killing him is not enough,” one character says of Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-Native American outlaw, played by Momoa, who fights and bludgeons his way through the 18th century Canadian fur trade. The six-episode season centers on the power struggle for wealth and influence in one of America’s first industries.
The trailer for “Frontier” reveals Harp to be a vicious killer who turned his back on the Hudson’s Bay Company, his old employer. Although no major plot details are exposed, Harp seems in conflict with everyone around him, and it’s clear that he is very dangerous.
“I wan’t you to do me a favor,” Momoa asks of an off-screen character. “I want you to run on home and I want you to tell them — you tell them I’m here »
- Dani Levy
9 items from 2017
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