Review Netflix’s supernatural science-minded Katla is just a handsome surface

The ambiance of Netflix’s Katla series is like a mix of nordic noir and the much better Dark series.

Of course, it’s great that Netflix publishes much more than just English-language material that still seems valid for viewers around the world. Regardless of the country, the production company, the screenwriters, the photographers, the set designers, and anything else, almost every act follows an unnecessarily familiar formula. The kits are made solely on the terms of bingo staring.

Icelandic Boiler-fantasiascifitriller soap opera is just fine for the Netflix series, but even there you will find everything that is wrong with the streaming line outputs of the streaming service.

Katla looks really handsome, its atmosphere is in place and there are many knowledgeable actors involved. It also has way too many characters, endless idle, and at the end of each episode, Cliffhanger and the teasing promise that something nice will happen in the next episode.

Sometimes the little things come with some sort of clarity, but the basic idea here too is just to trick the viewer into staring at as many episodes as possible in the tube. The premise is great, but as soon as the main idea and the protagonists are presented, the familiar murmur begins. Katla’s eight-episode story would work better as a film of less than a couple of hours, for example.

In the Icelandic series, the Katla volcano has erupted for a year now, covering the neighboring small village of Viki to ashes. Most of the residents have disappeared from the scene long ago, but in addition to the police, the scientists investigating the eruption and the workers assisting them, there are still people present who are hanging out in the village for no good reason. There is, for example, Hotel Operator Bergrun (Guðrún Gísladóttir), because in supernatural sci-fi apparently now but is bound to be involved in a strange fluttering fortune teller.

The boiler rushes out the ashes of people covered in ashes. The first on the glacier is a naked Swedish woman who was last seen in Viki 20 years earlier. Next, the volcano returns to the air the protagonist of the series Griman (Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð), the sister of Asa, who had disappeared a year earlier (Iris Tanja Flygenring). More people who are missing, dead, or at least supposed to be dead will pop out, but don’t spoil it any more.

The supernatural secrets of the volcano and the plots of numerous characters are intertwined with Grima and Asa, and their father Thor (Ingvar Sigurdsson), who of course knows more about Katla than agrees.

Thanks to the stunning Icelandic scenery, skillful sound design and music, Katla feels nice and distressing at first. At first, the feeling is something similar to Netflix’s exceptionally good Darkseries. At the latest, the third episode makes it clear that through the ashes and the mysteries unfolding beneath it, they are being infuriated slowly. Nothing happens in the episodes except during the opening and closing minutes. An unhappy rhythm is not helped, at least by a hasty operation.

The boiler comes to mind too Les Revenants – Returned from the dead -French series that can be found From HBO Nordic’s selection in English The Returned -mark. It should not be confused with a mediocre Yankee remake blessed with the same name. Les Revenants, which deals with the same topics of loss and acceptance of death, is a hypnotically calm and beautiful sensation, and something dreamy happens in its story. The boiler is just a handsome surface and stuck to its knees in its own ashes.

Only in the second to last episode does Katla agree to provide an answer to even a few questions. The story of the series that has piled up the mystery on top of the mystery will, of course, be left unfinished, peddling the second season of production.

The creators of the series Sigurjón Kjartansson and Baltasar Kormákur have come up with a good idea, but the scripts for the episodes feel raw. The self-intentional gloom of the boiler will be so overwhelming in the final period at the latest that a possible sequel could not be of less interest.

The boiler was offered to Netflix on June 17th.

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