So it took me a week or so, but I finally found a TV show on the internet that I really enjoyed:
It's on Amazon Prime, and while it isn't perfect (there's a plot hole or two), it's still pretty damn good. It's set on a remote Norwegian island in the arctic in a small community of people who are rocked after a gory murder takes place, which I suppose makes this series Nordic Noir. But what starts off as a standard police procedural gets way weird and eventually crosses genres into horror, with a touch of science fiction.
Obviously, the setting is cool in it of itself (much of it was filmed in Iceland), and the mystery/horror element is also great, but the show really shines with its characters. I got particularly interested in the sheriff, who has so many different relationships with people on the island that we get a nice multi-faceted perspective of him (could that be used as a writing technique, maybe?). I really enjoyed how Richard Dormer played him. The investigator, DCI Morton, was also fun as a sort of Sherlock Holmes archetype, played by Stanley Tucci, who's always excellent.
Anyway, I thought I would recommend Fortitude because it's one of the better TV shows I've seen in a while. I finished it yesterday, and I can't stop thinking about it, which is usually a sign of good story. I hear there's a season 2 coming out next year, and I hope it's as good (though my expectations for season 2 of anything these days is fairly low).
Let me know if you have any Amazon Prime recommendations. I would love to hear them. I also enjoyed the show Fleabag, especially since it focuses on a female friendship, which you almost NEVER see on TV. But other than that, I haven't found a lot.
Of course, with NaNoWriMo upon us, any TV recommendations are going have to wait until December anyway. But when December rolls around and you have some more time (if you're participating in NaNoWriMo), you should definitely check out Fortitude. It's binge-able, but not compulsive. Just a really nicely balanced show.
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