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Victorian England between science and faith. From May 13th on the app

Carrie Mathison. It is the name of the famous character played by American actress Claire Dance in the series “Home”, an innovative and far-sighted story of Showtime that aired from 2011 to 2020. It is already difficult to get rid of such a multifaceted and complex character of CIA agent Carrie, who lived through With dedication, longing and impartiality, the Danes performed with a rare skill that allowed her to garner several awards including two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. In short, a role, a series that changes the career path. The curtain comes down on “Homeland”, the first project adopted by the Danes is the British series “The Essex Serpent”. Next to her is Shakespearean actor Tom Hiddleston, who is credited with “The Night Manager” (2016) and the character Loki in the Marvel cycle.

On the edge of the puzzle. London 1893. Cora Seaborn is a wealthy woman who has just been widowed. Always passionate about science, she is fascinated by mysterious apparitions in Essex County, where a creature of malignant origin is suspected. The woman thus moves to Colchester, where she meets Deputy Will Ransom. Together they try to solve the mystery…

Pros and Cons. The narrative duo is provided by Sarah Perry’s novel, published in Italy by Neri Buzza. Adapted to the screen, produced by Apple TV+ and See-Saw Films, is Anna Symon while Clio Barnard is directing. The atmosphere is a crossroads between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, between pressing modernity, the gains of science, and popular beliefs and superstitions that are more pagan than religious. In rural Victorian England, mysteries and suspicious deaths are soon identified as manifestations of evil, and read as a form of divine punishment. Local fishermen immediately abandon themselves to the irrational, trying to blame a little girl. Reverend Will and researcher Cora try to keep the bar of reason straight, who pursue truth in the smoky folds of mystery, however dangerously it bumps into the terrain of feelings.

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The mysterious Gothic atmosphere of the English countryside is sure to triumph in this short 6-episode series, almost referring to the classics of nineteenth-century literature, led by Charles Dickens and the Bronte Sisters, capable of creating a sociable and lively character for the characters, between drama and lines of sentiment. The central role is Cora, a strong and free woman, who believes in science and refuses to indulge in easy superstition, who herself is also spared the violence of her husband. Definitely a modern woman looking for space and the right of expression.

Overall, the story’s record runs along a mysterious, dramatic path, pushing the boundaries of horror without going beyond them. The Danes and Hiddleston dominate the scene, creating two stratified, tormented and magnetic characters who cannot go unnoticed. “The Essex Serpent” is a complex and problematic series.