Orange TV premieres an international thriller “without police” on June 12th
Celebrations are taking place at the Polaris VI international scientific research station located in Antarctica: the summer crew packs their bags to head home while the winter team prepares for the long polar night. However, before their six-month deployment comes to an end, Commander Johan Berg (Alexandre Willaume) returns to base to discover why the expedition has lost all communication with the outside world for weeks. When he eventually reaches the station the reasons become apparent: there are seven dead bodies, two members of the expedition have gone missing, and one survivor is left so traumatized that she is practically incapable of assisting him in figuring out what has taken place. Is there a murderer hiding among them? This is the starting point of “The Head”, a police-free thriller produced by The Mediapro Studio which premieres on 12th June in thirty countries, including Spain, where it is available on Orange TV.
Although we discover the fate of practically every member of the team in the first episode, the chiller created by brothers Àlex and David Pastor (“Incorporated”, “The Last Days”, “Infected”), who wrote the screenplay together with Isaac Tailor, sustains the intrigue throughout its six episodes before revealing the full depth of what has happened and why. With plot twist upon twist, viewers gradually become familiarized with the station’s tenants as they discover their pasts and the secrets they guard closely, which prove pivotal to resolving the enigma. Although the Pastor brothers have made a name for themselves in Hollywood with science fiction, they promise that there are no monsters or aliens lurking around in the shadows of the outcome to “The Head”. And believe me when I say that they are in no way necessary either. The claustrophobic and inhospitable atmosphere of Antarctica, coupled with a fear of the (un) known murderer, breeds even greater angst than anything paranormal.
But “The Head” is not just about intrigue. In its six episodes, the drama directed by Jorge Dorado (“The Pier”, “Mindscape”) addresses contemporary issues including the difficulties facing women trying to succeed in traditionally male-dominated fields, such as scientific research, while also dealing with loneliness, trust, and other everyday issues.
The Tower of Babel
Another of the fortes of “The Head” is its remarkably diverse international nature, something that’s not only patent in the origin of co-producers, The Mediapro Studio, Hulu Japan and HBO Asia, but also in the multicultural cast and crew. Katherine O’Donnelly, Alexandre Willaume, John Lynch, Laura Bach, Richard Sammel, Sandra Andreis, Chris Reilly, Amelia Hoy, Tom Lawrence, Tomohisa Yamashita and Spanish actor Álvaro Morte lead the troupe featuring actors from seven different countries. With English being the original language spoken in the series, there are also dialogues in Swedish and Danish. The majority of the production crew is Spanish and, paradoxically, the isolated international research station where the entire story unfolds was recreated on a two thousand square meter set in Tenerife, meaning this polar adventure was shot, almost entirely, at a temperature of above 30°C, however the exteriors were filmed at below zero on location in Iceland.
So, if you fear the entanglement of a mystery where the end seems far from nigh, then don’t worry and delve fearlessly into “The Head”. The crew has promised that the mystery will be completely solved in these six episodes. However, nobody rules out the possibility of a form of anthology, a brand for another story with a similar idea, the same type of characters… But beyond the confines of Polaris VI.