By Dan Casey
The short review: In a field glutted with big budget event-based mini-series, Klondike shows that sometimes all that glitters is gold, even if it happens to be surrounded by murder, betrayal, and ravenous packs of wolves.
The long review: With the massive success of big budget, gritty adventure series like Game of Thrones, Vikings, and Da Vinci’s Demons, networks are scrambling to find the next combination of sex, violence, and rich history that will turn a scripted series into ratings gold. As the ratings gold rush heats up, increasingly, these scripted series are no longer the purview of premium channels like HBO, Showtime and Starz; rather, networks like History, A&E, and now Discovery are getting into the game too, which is great news for those of us who used to watch those channels for more than just Ice Road Swamp Log Dynasty Wars and other nonsense being paraded around under the guise of reality television.
Last night marked Discovery’s first foray into scripted series territory with the premiere of Klondike, an epic six-episode, three-part mini-series, executive produced by Ridley Scott, that follows two young men who journey to the North West in order …read more