Occupied: Episode One

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If this first episode is any indication, this is the next global TV hit.

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The newly-elected Prime Minister of Norway ends all oil and gas production by his nation. The future belongs to non-fossil fuels, beginning with a newly-opened Thorium reactor.

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This decision doesn’t sit too well with Norway’s EU neighbors. Nor with Russia. They all still rely on oil and gas.

A unilateral decision by a neighbor cutting off an energy supply this large is something that can’t be allowed.

The Prime Minister is kidnapped …

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… the how of it is a surprise I won’t spoil. Just let me say this act is sadly and tragically believable in the days of post-9/11 with the illegal Extraordinary Rendition program.

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The Prime Minister is given a message:

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And the message is actually more of a fait accompli ..

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The situation escalates quickly …

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Life is about to change in Norway in a manner no one could have ever expected …

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I can’t even begin to imagine what the rest of this series will be like.

But this first episode grabbed me and my interest increased by the minute.

It owes a debt to Sherlock in terms of screen graphics:

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… but then, these days, what TV series doesn’t? The graphics here are quite lower-key.

Yesterday, I gave USA’s new series, Colony, a try:

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And I did it via the “legal” method — streaming. As you can see, there’s a spinner. For pausing. Which. I. Got. More. Than. Once. So this is why, go eff yourself, I “illegally” download TV programs to watch and discard — because your crap streams mostly don’t work for me! And I really don’t care if if’s the fault of your server, your CDN, or my crap ISP. I’m not going to submit to it.

Anyway, Colony is another drama dealing with the theme of occupation.

It bored the hell out of me.

Here’s the contrast: Watching Occupied was like reading a novel written by an intelligent adult. Watching Colony was like reading a crude comic book created by a na├»ve high-schooler.

I won’t be watching more of Colony.

I’m already addicted to Occupied. I think you will be too.

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4 Responses to Occupied: Episode One

  1. Ric Day says:

    Okay, I don’t watch a lot of TV these days as it seems mostly crap. But anything involving Jo Nesbo … Yup, I need to track this down and watch it!

    Like

  2. Chuck says:

    Occupied looks good. I haven’t been able to find it. How do you get it?
    Enjoy your site. Thanks!

    Like

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