Let’s think hypothetically for a moment. If at some point the human race was eradicated and all that was left of us were the television and movies that have been released since the beginning of film, what would an alien race know about humans? That in itself could be an entire thesis, but I think one thing would be very clear. All of humanity lives one of nine cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, London, Paris, Venice, Tokyo, or Dubai. If you live in Europe you’re probably a spy. The more I see this, the more jaded I get. So, when a film or television show steps outside the city into an interesting rural setting, my ears perk up like my little wire haired terrier when you say the word “treat.”
Enter some of my new favorite shows: Broadchurch, In The Flesh and more recently Fortitude. Fortitude takes place in, you guessed it… Fortitude. Fortitude is a fictional settlement of 900+ in Antarctica where polar bears are the most dangerous threat to life, until they aren’t. Within days, two murders, one accidental, one over the top brutal, happen, making Sheriff Dan Anderson’s job much more difficult. Matters are made worse when DCI Morton, played by Stanley Tucci (Hunger Games), shows up asking difficult questions. In many ways this show is very similar to its British contemporary starring David Tennant, Broadchurch. That is in no way a bad thing. My wife and I loved season one of Broadchurch and I am loving the similar, but darker, Fortitude. Now six episodes in, out of twelve, I’m hooked.
Fortitude is beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, and just twisted enough to make me squirm but engage me to come back for more. Have you seen Fortitude yet? If you’re not lucky enough to get SKY Atlantic, you may have to resort to sites like couch tuner to check it out. Either way, I highly recommend it! Give us your thoughts!