1899 Season 1 Review: Episodes 1-6 Heaven32

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1899 premieres November 17 on Netflix.

Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, the creators of the Netflix series Dark, returns with 1899, a dense, hair-raising and absorbing mystery/thriller about two ships, The Kerberos and The Prometheus, that pass by in the night and then what happens next. While this series is essentially a supernatural thriller, it is also a gripping drama featuring a huge cast of international actors bringing to life more than a dozen tantalizing stories that grip you and keep you on your toes. While it’s darker and more overtly bizarre than Lost1899 is the spiritual cousin of that historical series and will appeal to that fan, or anyone who wants to go on an incredible journey.

Set in 1899, the first episode “The Ship” does a lot of the heavy lifting in setting the table for the substantial story and expansive cast of characters. We get to know the world of the steamboat through Dr. Maura Franklin (Emily Beecham), who is brilliant but troubled. Her countenance blends well with world-weary Captain Eyk Larsen (Andreas Pietschmann) who is in charge of the massive ship that transports immigrants and wealthy passengers from England to New York in the span of a week. Like a bobbing Up Down, we meet a dozen specific passengers from the austere and deeply religious Danish family who travel third class with the Geisha and her mother, the Spanish brothers and even a stowaway. What quickly becomes clear is that, regardless of economic and cultural boundaries, all of these people are running from something. You are consciously moving towards new beginnings and you want to put your past behind you.

Unfortunately for them, their journey is cut short when The Kerberos receives a telegraph message repeating the coordinates some seven hours away. Four months ago, her sister ship, the Prometheus, disappeared without a trace, leaving no wreckage or bodies to find. Despite the superstitious protests of his crew, Captain Larsen feels compelled to investigate and see if they can find any survivors. Of course, that decision opens up a proverbial Pandora’s box of strange occurrences that makes everyone nervous as they venture into the unknown.

Although Netflix has embargoed most of the plot points and revelations from the first six episodes that were provided to critics, we can say that almost every major character in the set gets an episode to flesh out their past stories that inform who they are in The Kerberos. . There are also some unexpected connections between the passengers and a common theme that runs through all of their stories and that matches the general tone and vibe of the series. And despite the period piece’s costumes being magnificently imposing and sinister, the individual character histories are written to be highly relatable, tackling a wide range of topics from religious zealotry to class differences; the mistakes that come with cultural assumptions; complicated sexuality; Mental illness; and maybe even time travel. Friese, bo Odar, and their international writers room make every story engaging while being culturally authentic and avoiding clichés. And each actor is on point, imbuing his characters with a sense of brokenness that is compelling to watch.

1899 is about to explode with much of plot, setting, ever-evolving mysteries, and sinister gloom, but the writers and actors hook you on personal stories, so there’s a reason to invest. And as the creative team continues to add layer upon layer of atmosphere, strange and anachronistic circumstances (or are them?) the needle drops into the mix, you’ll find yourself fully engaged to see where the journey ends.

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