Wow, was this bad. I've only watched the first episode, but it was soooooo bad, I can't imagine watching another, unless out of sheer morbid curiosity. I checked this out because the trailer looked promising enough, and there were some excellent actors involved - Roth, of course; but also Christopher Heyerdahl (Canadian), who was the best thing in Hell on Wheels. And as a Canadian myself, I was curious to see a show actually set in Alberta and themed around the oil fields. I should have known better. The writer/director was British and apparently didn't find it necessary to do ANY research whatsoever about his chosen subject and location. From almost the first shot, everything about this show is ridiculous: The gas station they stop at has ancient pumps you'd be hard pressed to find even in the smallest Canadian town anymore, and what's worse, there's a sign saying "pay at the pump", and even a quick shot of him supposedly swiping his card on the machine that plainly has no card reader!!! Are you kidding me? They couldn't even bother to make the simplest things plausible. None of the actors playing the locals have even remotely Canadian accents, and many of the shots of the town have terrible CGI mountain backdrops - because apparently Canadian towns don't look Canadian enough. Of course there are Grizzly bears and Cariboo all over the place, because that's how Europeans expect/want Canada to be. All of the characters are ridiculous clichés, based off American models. Roth's constant swearing doesn't seem to raise anyone's eyebrows, even though you would NEVER find an RCMP officer talking/behaving that way. And how did an alcoholic Brit ex-cop get the job of police chief in a small Canadian town anyway? - that's never explained. It's all just ludicrous: a clichéd American suspense drama shoehorned into a Canadian context with no concern for what that actually is -as though all you have to do is stick mountains and bears in the background of every shot and, viola, it's Canadian! What a pile of crap.
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