*SOME SPOILERS AHEAD*
After this episode, we will be halfway through this mini-series and seriously, I can’t figure out how the showrunners will make things any bleaker than they already are. I mean, I’m all for dread, terror, and fear but what these two crews have been through already is horrifying, to say the least. Still, it makes for great viewing when done right and the showrunners here are doing everything right, combining great visuals with a terrifying premise and a monster as well.
We are at the point now where the crews literally have nothing to do except die from the elements or the hand of the monster, who Lady Silence has dubbed Tuunbaq. Indeed, Lady Silence is questioned about her connection to the creature and how to kill it, and she is no help at all. It is ironic that she sees right through Captain Crozier and calls him out on his current state of mind and body, to the surprise of no one else in the room.
Being a slave to the booze has indeed finally caught up with Crozier and he has to humbly admit this near the end of the episode. This can only intensify the current state of mind of the crews, which is terrified bordering on out of control, to know now one captain is dead and the other unable to fulfill his duties. It is a tribute to the show that even though we understand and acknowledge that this is going to end badly for everyone, the tension and fear continues to build and makes the atmosphere electric with dread.
One of the only positives of the episode in terms of the crew morale is Blanky becomes the first crewman to survive an encounter with Tuunbaq. Of course, he doesn’t come out unscathed as a swipe from the paw of Tuunbaq injuries him to the point where they must cut off his leg, with only a saw and liquor to get the job done. The crew also manages to injure the beast with a cannon shot, but as they view the bloody trail moving away from the ship one can only wonder how much worse things can get now that it’s sore and pissed off.
Two other characters continue to be standouts, that being Hickey and Goodsir, make their presence known for different reasons as they are completely opposite individuals. Hickey shows up his conniving, me first attitude again, especially when he pulls out the ring, leading me to believe once again if there is a mutiny he will be leading the charge. Goodsir is a delight, a wonderful, caring human being who tries to help the best way he can, whether it’s with Lady Silence or investigating possible lead poisoning. We know he’s going to die, and it’s a shame, but it makes his character that much more interesting to watch as he is one of the few to try and keep his head above water in such dire circumstances.
With such a wonderful first five episodes now behind us, I can’t wait to see what will happen to the crews in the second half of this series. Beautifully shot and scored, it is a testament to all those involved that even though we know what’s going to happen the show is still captivating and horrifying in so many ways.
Four and a half stars out of five
- Incredibly, the fear and tension continue to build
- The crews are nerves are all frayed and the actors portray this very well
- Kudos to the showrunners for taking five episodes for us to get a glimpse of the monster
- I figured a mutiny would have already happened by now