From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:
Link: Frontier is a lively, bloody yarn about Canadaâ€™s fur trade wars
Canadian history is about cutthroat business. And greed, murder, rage, revenge and pillage. Mind you, itâ€™s mainly about getting on with the necessities of cutthroat business.
FrontierÂ (Sunday, Discovery, 9 p.m.) is a new drama about Canada in the 18th century, before it was Canada and was merely a disputed place to pillage and ravage like the bountiful, wanton place it was. Itâ€™s a stunningly opulent, wildly entertaining romp, an action/adventure drama anchored in the savagery of the fur trade. Blink and youâ€™ve missed some character being knifed, hung or beaten to death in the name of profit.
The Canadian Discovery Channelâ€™s first scripted drama, made with Netflix, which will air it outside of Canada, is a rollicking good yarn, blessedly lacking in earnestness and devoted to fast-paced action. Continue reading.
From Fish Griwkowsky of the Edmonton Journal:
Edmonton-born actress brings edge to fur trade drama Frontier
“The great thing about her is that as much as sheâ€™s this badass using her hands and killing people, sheâ€™s also very much the reasoning within the Black Wolf Company, Jason Momoaâ€™s gang. Sheâ€™s kind of the heart of the group, and gets Jason Momoaâ€™s character to really think about what heâ€™s planning to do.” Continue reading.Â
From Bill Brioux of The Canadian Press:
Former Game of Thrones star takes on Canadian fur trading drama Frontier
When Canadians think of the Hudson’s Bay Company, they think department store. They don’t think â€œGame of Thronesâ€ with fur pelts. That may change after Sunday, when â€œFrontierâ€ premieres on Discovery Canada. It’s also set to debut outside of Canada on Netflix. Continue reading.
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I want to make a correction to Doyle’s article: the story does not take place in the early days of the HBC but rather about 130 years or so after it’s founding, when the HBC was in a period of decline thanks to pressure from The Northwest Company. Someone correct me if I’m wrong cause I can’t remember if the pilot showed us a date or not, but I’ll peg the setting as around 1800 to 1810, somewhere’s about. The HBC was started in 1670.
I liked the first episode. I found some of the writing a bit too simplistic at times but I guess that’s what’s needed to appeal to a wider audience in a series beginning moments. Too much info might scare a portion of the audience off. I find myself wondering how the show will present a first-season arc with a cast of this size in only 6 episodes.
You’re right. This takes place after the HBC is in decline. The co-creators say that in my interview with them.
Things move quickly and I’m sure storylines will carry into Season 2.
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