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Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« on: January 30, 2015, 12:24:17 PM »
New Svalbard set drama that debuted last night with a feature-length premiere starring a roster of big names and with, fairly obviously, a whole heap of money thrown at it.  The pitch was presumably Twin Peaks meets Broadchurch meets The Killing.

On last nights evidence, also an unconvincing, laughable mess.  Maybe the (hinted at) [spoiler]supernatural [/spoiler] element might come to the fore to explain some of the more baffling story strands, but nothing with polar bears in it should be this annoying and boring.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2015, 04:21:12 PM »
Sorry to say this, but I have to. Eccleston was pretty awful, with all his emoting and stuff. I thought he was trying far too hard.

It didn't hold my attention until the end and I resolved to go to IMDb to check out the plot today. If it's all supernatural and that I'll give it another go at the weekend. If not I'll probably give it a miss.

It's not as shit as Ascension though.

Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2015, 05:06:07 PM »
That's a shame. It gets a really good write up on The AV Club site, which left me intrigued to see it.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2015, 05:44:58 PM »
It's hard to see if this is going to be great or an absolute steaming pile of cack yet. The feature length episode certainly held my attention, but it's impossible to know quite where its going yet. I just hope it knows.

The boy's mother is very inconsistant in this. First [spoiler]she's demanding her comatose son gets airlifted and later on she's happy to have him subjected to an experimental treatment while stuffed in a giant test tube.[/spoiler]

Anyhoo, for me it has done enough to get me back to watch the next couple to see where the show is going.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2015, 08:39:33 PM »

The boy's mother is very inconsistant in this. First [Spoiler]she's demanding her comatose son gets airlifted and later on she's happy to have him subjected to an experimental treatment while stuffed in a giant test tube.[/Spoiler]



Not to mention going out to the metal concert for just long enough for her kid to get severe frostbite.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2015, 05:28:43 PM »
I watched it again today, and I liked it a lot more second time around. I suppose watching it without an iPad on my knee and seeing the whole episode instead of half of it helped too.

Those huge glass picture windows in many of the houses seem a lot better suited to the Caribbean than the Arctic Circle.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2015, 09:51:38 AM »
Still not much better, I'm afraid.  Stanley Tucci is great and there were fewer eye-rolly momements, but at the minute this show's got an uphill battle on its hands.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2015, 10:59:53 PM »
Yeah that was an hour spent spinning its wheels. Very little plot or character development.

Tucci seems to be the friendly guy willing to work with everyone, while the sheriff never misses a chance to act shifty. Which leads me to guess Tucci is the evil guy and the sheriff the good one.

Maybe it's the polar bears, but I do worry this is going to turn into a 'Lost' type show that chucks everything into the pot with no clue how to resolve any of it.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2015, 01:16:44 PM »
Another episode where I'm hard pressed to point to any actual plot development. In fact, it's positively glacial!

One of the show's creator on Den of Geek did say all questions will be answered by the end of the season and it's not going to end up a 'Lost' style mess, but I'm not sure I'll still be around for that.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2015, 05:25:08 PM »
Has everyone else thrown in the towel with this, then?

I was at a loose end last night and got all caught up, but I still feel like I probably shouldn't have bothered.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2015, 05:51:16 PM »
yeah man, watch EP01, slightly pissed and following the twitter reaction, polar bears, some kid having the pox, it was all too much. I have it on Series Link but fuck, it's tedious.

Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2015, 07:35:31 PM »
Gets better but not one of the greats I am afraid, watchable enough though imo

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2015, 09:59:09 PM »


[spoiler]And so I vomited into the gaping stomach of mum[/spoiler]

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2015, 12:41:26 PM »
So I'm guessing no one else has seen *that* scene yet....

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2015, 10:07:38 PM »
So I'm guessing no one else has seen *that* scene yet....

I have.

What. The Everliving. Fuck.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2015, 07:43:24 AM »
Me too.

I've only vaguely been watching. Mr BR2 has it on, and I've just thought of it as, "mildly gloomy murder mystery set in a cold place with Dumbledore".

But this week, it's certainly taken a turn into cuckoo territory.

Even before she [spoiler]puked into Mum's intestines[/spoiler], I'm thinking, really?! [spoiler]A fork?!!!! A fork!![/spoiler] Ick!

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2015, 11:00:14 AM »
I don't watch this show but can someone please explain what happened in the latest episode because you're all being very vague and it sounds exciting.

Also are the Twin Peaks comparisons on the money? Because I'll give it a crack if so.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2015, 12:11:08 PM »
I don't watch this show but can someone please explain what happened in the latest episode because you're all being very vague and it sounds exciting.


[spoiler]Big lass, wife of a creepy feeder, gets possessed/infected by virus/parasites from a thawed Woolly Mammoth (possibly), goes nuts, knocks mother out, straddles her, stabs her with fork, rips her skin open and gobs into the body cavity. Credits.[/spoiler]

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Also are the Twin Peaks comparisons on the money? Because I'll give it a crack if so.

More like a bleak Broadchurch that seems to be veering off into David Cronenberg territory.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2015, 12:20:01 PM »
That sounds fucking brilliant, cheers.

Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2015, 11:29:48 PM »
Yes. So the "big" lass upchucks the contents of her guts into the just-ripped-open stomach of her own, old mum (who is - or was, I should say - the "Mustardess" from I'm Alan Partridge)?. Say what you like about the series so far, but you've got to admit that there's not many shows that feature that sort of thing much, are there? Wait - didn't the young boy leave one of his fingernails inside the body of the guy he ripped apart? Maybe the evil spirit of the wooly mammoth is going to make the people it's "affecting" install their victims with lots of varied bits for the purpose of eventually assembling a whole, manufactured, Frankenstein's-monster-style zombie slave? I really don't know, but - fuck it - I'm going to keep watching to find out.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2015, 12:04:45 AM »
This isn't very helpful but I made it as far as about 40mins into the first episode and had to turn it off. Fucking hell. My patience was sorely tested.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2015, 08:06:50 AM »
Yeah - despite that fact that I'll definitely tune into this on Thursday to find out what happens next, I still don't think it's very good.  I know the fact that everyone is odd and unlikable is partly the point, but that can still make it a chore to sit through.  Tucci's obviously meant to be the audience surrogate everyman, but he's too distant and flaw-free a protagonist to really get behind.

Also - have they just forgotten about the pig in the hyperbaric chamber?

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2015, 09:29:42 AM »
From Fisk Till Dawn.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2015, 09:40:17 AM »
I just found it very soapy. I don't mind unlikeable at all - but this seemed to be cherry-picking from various pedigree TV dramas and in the end it gets a bit 'camel is a horse designed by committee'. A mess basically.

A bit of The Killing, a bit of Fargo here, a smattering of The Bridge, and why not have some Twin Peaks for good measure - and a dollop of Northern Exposure to finish it all off.

But some of the scenes were so daytime TV I couldn't believe they thought that was ok for the pilot.

Looks amazing though.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #24 on: March 20, 2015, 05:33:49 PM »
Anybody worked out what the fuck this is really about yet?

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2015, 08:27:49 PM »
It's a metaphor for a beautiful, pure, indigenous white community that throws open the doors to multiculturalism and thus falls prey to terrorism and jihadism.

The mammoth carcass is the Prophet Muhammad.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2015, 09:30:26 PM »
It's a metaphor for a beautiful, pure, indigenous white community that throws open the doors to multiculturalism and thus falls prey to terrorism and jihadism.

The mammoth carcass is the Prophet Muhammad.

My God. I think you're onto something. Ice-Is. The polar bear got beheaded too.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #27 on: April 09, 2015, 04:53:31 PM »
So - tonight is the "big" finale.  At least for those of us who've stuck with it.  And - fair play to it - it has certainly thrown a few curveballs the way of the unsuspecting viewer.  If it's never been actually enjoyable, it's often been perplexing enough for me to want to see what the criminy is going on.  And it certainly looks very pretty.

Does anyone think that [spoiler]there'll be no surivors at all as the whole town succumbs to a bad dose of the botfly[/spoiler]?

Or - my take - that it'll just be [spoiler]Dan, Elena and wee Curly Sue left unscathed by the time the end credits roll[/spoiler].

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #28 on: April 09, 2015, 06:09:12 PM »
So - tonight is the "big" finale.  At least for those of us who've stuck with it.  And - fair play to it - it has certainly thrown a few curveballs the way of the unsuspecting viewer.  If it's never been actually enjoyable, it's often been perplexing enough for me to want to see what the criminy is going on.  And it certainly looks very pretty.

Does anyone think that [Spoiler]there'll be no surivors at all as the whole town succumbs to a bad dose of the botfly[/Spoiler]?

Or - my take - that it'll just be [Spoiler]Dan, Elena and wee Curly Sue left unscathed by the time the end credits roll[/Spoiler].

Well, it's been renewed for a second run, so I think your guesses are unlikely.

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Re: Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)
« Reply #29 on: April 09, 2015, 06:19:50 PM »
Last I heard any second season would be a True Detective-esque new cast / new location deal.