Fortitude: PREMIERE - Welcome to Fortitude
January 30, 2015 9:20 AM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Fortitude is a place like nowhere else. Surrounded by the savage beauty of the frozen landscape, the small town in the arctic circle is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now.

The series premier introduces us to the town, the main characters, the surrounding environment, and sets the stage for the 12-part series.

From the A.V. Club Review: "The two hour pilot is purposely languorous, introducing character after character and detailing the how Fortitude operates, all the while choosing not to introduce Deputy Chief Inspector Morton (Stanley Tucci) until nearly 3/4 of the way in. This is an audacious choice for the show and serves to underline the idea that the town itself is the true protagonist, despite the fact that on any other show Morton would be the unequivocal lead, for whom we root to crack the case and emerge triumphant. With the town as a whole serving as the main character, that frees up every other individual, no matter how tertiary, to ping-pong between good and evil, the audience never having enough information to truly pin them down."
posted by jazon (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We stumbled across this last night and were sucked in right away. While there was a Twin Peaks and Fargo vibe, the show is it's own beast. The cast is compelling but there is a lot of scenery chewing. The plot is doled out in dribs and drabs, and it requires the viewer to really pay attention to figure out what's going on.

In the end, we were hooked, and I'm looking forward to next week to see how things continue to spin out and up. All in all it was a great first episode!
posted by jazon at 9:23 AM on January 30, 2015

Favorite line of the ep so far :"He's not allowed to die here. It's against the law."

That is, put him on a plane so he dies somewhere else.
posted by Mogur at 9:33 AM on January 30, 2015 [1 favorite]

And hey, what’s up with that pig?
posted by jazon at 9:51 AM on January 30, 2015

This is one of my least-favorite types of stories: where the only mystery is caused by camera turning off at the wrong time. That said, i am super excited to keep watching!
posted by rebent at 2:40 PM on January 31, 2015

just stumbled upon this ourselves. first episode was COMPELLING and I cannot wait to watch more tonight.
posted by supermedusa at 5:57 PM on January 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

So I've just discovered the show and watched the first two episodes. The whole thing looks like it was shot in Longyearbyen - so many of the sites are dead ringers for some of the locations there - the coal mines, the arctic research center, even some of the houses are similar. It's one of my favorite places on earth, and so far it's one of my favorite characters as well.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 5:16 PM on April 18, 2017

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