Post by Melifeather on Jan 15, 2017 18:19:02 GMT
Anybody catch the first episode of Taboo? It stars Tom Hardy as adventurer James Keziah Delaney who builds a shipping empire in the early 1800's. He was told at an early age that his mother was from Naples, but he learns later that his mother was a native American Nootka, a tribe that Nootka Island is named for and the island (and wife) that Delaney's father bought for ten shillings.
The mega-powerful East India Company wants Nootka Island and had been negotiating with Delaney's sister, who is suspected of poisoning her father with arsenic. Both Delaney's sister and the East India Company believed Delaney was dead...drowned during a voyage near Antigua. The EIC wants the island desperately, as it seems that Nootka Island is near Vancouver and the gateway to trade in China, and was negotiating a hefty sum to buy it from Delaney's sister. Now that Delaney is back his sister's husband is plotting to kill him.
Delaney is a mysterious, threatening sort with strange tattoos, flashbacks, and hallucinations that seem to be communications or paranormal communication with the dead, and he returns to London for his father's funeral in 1814, having been changed by some disturbing experiences he had during his 10 years in "Africa." He claims he communicated with his father psychically and that is how he learned everything about his mother and Nootka Island. It seems as if the show is presenting his character as someone that is undead or at least reborn with special powers and creepy knowledge of, I'm assuming, his mother's Nootka language and spiritual belief system.
I think the show is interesting and I've got it set to record/dvr. The premiere was Jan 10th, so I think it's Tuesdays on FX.