Review: Frontier Season 1 Episode 1 “A Kingdom Unto Itself”

‘Frontier’ promises a sweeping story entrenched in history, betrayal and blood, but is unable to execute upon such potential, instead delivering a cluster of plotlines and characters with little emotional resonance. For a premiere episode, ‘A Kingdom Unto Itself’ jumps into the story too quickly, never building up context in an intriguing or visually engaging manner. Instead, an assortment of characters, each with their own endeavours, attempt to provide diversity to the show. While many are true to the era, they come across in broad, melodramatic strokes, especially given that none are allowed enough time to develop or be properly introduced. In essence, this show fails to make its individual, exposition driven, contrived stories exciting or unique, but there is still much to learn about the wider history, if it’s handled correctly and given a proper vehicle. The show’s clear desire to encapsulate TV’s current prestige nature is glaring, as it’s titillation and brutality is obvious and off-putting, but if it sticks to its foundations, as the ending suggests, with a central story, it may be able to entrance. 5.9/10

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