Frontier (Season 1)

Who would have thought I would have watched a series about the North American fur trade. No I didn’t say it was good, I didn’t say it was bad, somewhere in the bland not much taste fast food of tv.

As a partnership between Canada Discovery Channel and Netflix resulted in what I thought was a decent show based in the 1700s. Unlike Taboo, this show occurs before the American revolution (and in fact doesn’t really address much about the colonists). I suspect this is because it is produced by the Canadian Discovery Channel.

Declan Harp (Jason Momoa) has declared war on Lord Benton and the North American fur trade is at stake. The story behind Declan is standard fare (family destroyed, hunted, etc) that I won’t go into detail here. He comes across an Irish criminal who was taken in by Lord Benton to take down Declan. They bond and then it comes down to a fight between Declan Harp, his ragtag group of traders and the British military.

Most of the show is entertaining enough. Not as good as Taboo (not even close) but it is not a bad thing to watch. It felt like it could have been told a lot better in a 2 hour movie format then in six episodes.

Pros: Jason Momoa is the reason to watch the show. He doesn’t have a huge set of dialogue, but he is pretty, and I just find him personable.

 Cons: The story is a sluggish beast that you have to endure.

I will probably watch the second season.

 

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