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Follows Declan Harp, a half-Irish/half Cree Native-Canadian outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson's Bay Company's monopoly on the fur trade in Canada.
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Jason Momoa ...  Declan Harp 18 episodes, 2016-2018
Landon Liboiron ...  Michael Smyth 18 episodes, 2016-2018
Zoe Boyle ...  Grace Emberly 18 episodes, 2016-2018
Greg Bryk ...  Cobbs Pond 18 episodes, 2016-2018
Jessica Matten ...  Sokanon 18 episodes, 2016-2018
Allan Hawco ...  Douglas Brown 17 episodes, 2016-2018
Lyla Porter-Follows ...  Clenna Dolan 17 episodes, 2016-2018
Michael Patric ...  Malcolm Brown 17 episodes, 2016-2018
Alun Armstrong ...  Lord Benton 17 episodes, 2016-2018
Diana Bentley ...  Imogen 16 episodes, 2016-2018
Breanne Parhiala ...  Mary 15 episodes, 2016-2018
Paul Ewan Wilson ...  Vanstone 15 episodes, 2016-2018
Shawn Doyle ...  Samuel Grant 14 episodes, 2016-2018
Paul Fauteux ...  Jean-Marc Rivard 13 episodes, 2016-2018
Evan Jonigkeit ...  Captain Chesterfield 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Jamie Sives ...  McTaggart 11 episodes, 2017-2018
Kathryn Wilder ...  Chaulk 11 episodes, 2017-2018
Karen LeBlanc ...  Josephette 9 episodes, 2017-2018
Demetrius Grosse ...  Charleston 8 episodes, 2017-2018
Sean Wei Mah ...  Omaciw 8 episodes, 2016-2018
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Follows Declan Harp, a half-Irish/half Cree Native-Canadian outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson's Bay Company's monopoly on the fur trade in Canada.

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As Frontier is set on the coast and interior of eastern Canada, it is not strictly a "western", but a period piece similar to The Last of the Mohicans; taking place roughly a generation later. It is the first of two frontier dramas from Netflix. The second series is Godless (2017), which is a true Western. See more »

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Standard Historical Drama That's Thoroughly Enjoyable!
22 November 2016 | by creativecabinSee all my reviews

Being in the 'standard' class of historical dramas these days is by no means a bad thing. It means you're going to get gritty sets, well-crafted period clothing, adult-oriented content, great cinematography and plenty of action.

If you're an armchair historian with a penchant for modern History Channel embellishment, and enjoy shows like 'The Musketeers', 'Da Vinci's Demons', 'Banished', 'Black Sails', 'TURN: Washington's Spies', etc., you're bound to enjoy 'Frontier'.

You certainly don't need to be Canadian to enjoy this show - it takes place roughly 100 years before Canadian Confederation, and follows the wars between upstart frontiersmen with a wavering corporate monopoly. It's the kind of cathartic scenario many around the world may enjoy as corporations continue to widen the gulf between 'us' and 'them'.

As with all of these 'standard' historical dramas, the acting is well done given their sometimes clunky modernized dialogue, and as these actors originate from several countries (production tax credits?) accents are often out of sync.

You might also expect to see gratuitousness for the sake of it, as it's not only a quicker writing choice to drive conflict, but when you have the option to be as graphic as you want FINALLY in mainstream fair, why not exercise the option? In a visceral sense it IS more realistic.

In my opinion, only two things separate truly 'world-class' historical dramas from the 'standard' ones like 'Frontier': Intricately interwoven story-lines that have wide arcs and flawless casting. Both I imagine require more time and money than these studios can supply given their budgets, and some weird alchemy that's unquantifiable.

Despite the flaws you and I might see in 'Frontier' and shows in its category, everyone involved has done an amazing job crafting and populating this world, and you very well might enjoy it.

While most of my criticisms have been on the writing, there's really no reason for criticism. 'Frontier' follows a tried-and-tested formula that works, and for what the writing aims to accomplish, it accomplishes. Yes there's little hope to grasp at yet in the story, but we may very well get there in Season 1. Bear in mind that the history we're given of these times is murky at best, so it must be very difficult to design the world in a truly authentic way. I'm hoping we're given enough time to see these characters, and the world develop.

With enough time, inspiration and creative leeway, I'm confident the writers could have taken us down a truly original path for this show. Perhaps more contemplative, akin to 'The Revenant'? As it stands, this was a great, safe choice for Discovery to launch its originally-scripted division, and I hope it performs well. I've always dreamed of a well-produced historical drama set in Canada before Confederation (as odd as that sounds), and I got one! Keep it up Discovery!


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