Fortitude : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 29, 2015
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75

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

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  • Summary: The murder of a British scientist in the small, Arctic town of Fortitude is its first violent crime. Sheriff Dan Anderssen (Richard Dormer) must work with British DCI Morton Caldwell (Stanley Tucci).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Horror, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Jan 29, 2015
    100
    An enigmatic and engrossing whodunit that should move to the top of everyone's DVR queue.
  2. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Jan 28, 2015
    100
    Fortitude's allure is its off-puttingness; those making a home there must indeed be tenacious, and with Fortitude, the same tenacity is required of its viewers.
  3. Reviewed by: Kate Kulzick
    Jan 29, 2015
    100
    With its strong cast, diverse ensemble of interesting characters, beautiful visuals, and patient direction, Fortitude is a promising freshman outing from cable obscurity Pivot and a worthwhile addition to an already over-stuffed subgenre.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jan 28, 2015
    80
    If you’re looking for a winter-time mystery that will show you people even colder than you may be these days, Fortitude is an absorbing one.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jan 29, 2015
    80
    Fortitude's only safety net is a cat's cradle of inter-linked, understated and strangely powerful performances.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 29, 2015
    75
    It’s still an open question whether its central murder mystery can sustain a number of false leads and other mis-directions for a full 12 hours. But the resplendent panoramic visuals are a show in themselves. So the bigger your HD screen the better, with Fortitude’s overriding whodunit gradually firming its grip while those icy, snowy vistas stay strong.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 27, 2015
    50
    Simply being cryptic, though, doesn’t really advance the story, and at a some point, as hypnotic as all those snowy backdrops are, it’s easy to grow impatient with the assiduous, disjointed nature of the plotting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Sep 3, 2015
    10
    A wonderfully original and intriguing series. Great acting, cinematography and excellently constructed. The complex narrative was handledA wonderfully original and intriguing series. Great acting, cinematography and excellently constructed. The complex narrative was handled perfectly to maintain a sense of intrigue and foreboding throughout - highly recommended. Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2015
    10
    Fortitude is wonderfully weird, atmospheric and dark. With its equally strange and cold inhabitants, it captures the barren and hostileFortitude is wonderfully weird, atmospheric and dark. With its equally strange and cold inhabitants, it captures the barren and hostile environment of living in remote wilderness and cautiously invites you to imagine living amongst them and experiencing the ambiguity of the next instalment of this eerie mystery. I love it. Expand
  3. Feb 26, 2015
    10
    Each week this show gets weirder and weirder and better and better... this show isn't just another murder mystery... it is different... forEach week this show gets weirder and weirder and better and better... this show isn't just another murder mystery... it is different... for that it wins major points. Just finished episode 6 and I am on pins and needles to see the rest of the season. Expand
  4. Feb 13, 2015
    6
    First episode in and the main thing i can ay is this: i am interested. There hasn't been too much character building and some parts just feelFirst episode in and the main thing i can ay is this: i am interested. There hasn't been too much character building and some parts just feel so oddly made along with being a bit convoluted at parts. However, the story is the interesting part at the moment as it's giving you little teases but leaving you in enough darkness to make it a mysterious watch. Acting seems decent overall, nothing amazing but couldn't call anyone out for being bad yet really, and direction overall is kinda average. However, what gets this from a 5 to a 6 is the fact that you have no idea fully what is going on yet. I will continue watching this to see what ends up in conclusion of it. I will adjust my score as the series progresses but from episode 1 i'm giving it a 6/10 so far. Oh on a side note, whoever the sound editor was on this did an awful job. There's almost always a wind sound or buzzing kind of sound in every scene but gets cut out whenever dialogue comes in. It's extremely frustrating at some points. Expand
  5. Jan 30, 2015
    5
    The settings, theme, case, interesting enough to see conclusion.

    The characters, castings don't pull it off well, the content is stretched.
    The settings, theme, case, interesting enough to see conclusion.

    The characters, castings don't pull it off well, the content is stretched. Had this series descended into SyFi, some thing, almost bearable, otherwise painful watching drama unfold. Laughably comical attempts. Apex rage monsters reanimating. Throw lutefisk (herrings), charlie chaplin investigates the townsfolk of drunken wind chimes, cluedo is now played until scenario ends.

    I believe a subtitled version would have worked better with any killing here.
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  6. Mar 29, 2015
    4
    I was really disposed to like this show at first, but now, it takes real "fortitude" for me to keep watching. My basic premise is that anyI was really disposed to like this show at first, but now, it takes real "fortitude" for me to keep watching. My basic premise is that any show, no matter how bleak, has to have a few sympathetic characters. At this point, only the character portrayed by Stanley Tucci remotely fulfills that role... and even he is slipping. I can no longer recommend this show to any one who is not already on anti-depressant meds. Expand
  7. Dec 10, 2015
    0
    This show was highly recommended by a friend whose taste I respect, and hence I tried very, very hard to like it - somehow I watched theThis show was highly recommended by a friend whose taste I respect, and hence I tried very, very hard to like it - somehow I watched the entire season. Despite its intriguing premise and awesome setting, t's probably the poorest-quality BBC series I've ever seen. Acting quality is limited, cliches are abundant, dialogue is what you'd expect from some dumb network primetime show in the US. Stanley Tucci is useless. The sheriff - while very easy on the eyes - has a totally unbelievable school-kid crush that reduces him to middle-school maturity. Just awful all-around - exacerbated by its untapped potential. Expand

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