What do you get when you put Nordic Noir, the work of Agatha Christie and… together? Glass onion? A murder at the end of the worldthe new series of The O.A Creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij.
This Iceland-set crime thriller certainly shares a lot of its DNA with the previously mentioned crime gems. However, it boasts an elegant techno-thriller sheen and a unique truth in Emma Corrin’s Darby Hart, whose hacking skills put her at the center of a riveting web of death.
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The ensemble of “A Murder at the End of the World”. Photo credit: Courtesy of FX
Thanks to her work solving a number of cold cases, Darby became known as “Gen Z Sherlock Holmes.” This title earns her an invitation to an exclusive (and completely isolated) retreat in Iceland, hosted by tech billionaire Andy Ronson (Clive Owen). He hopes that a convergence of brilliant minds will lead to innovations that help humanity in the face of existential threats such as climate change. But all the talk about saving the world falls apart when a guest dies on the first night.
Suddenly, the retreat’s ensemble of highly influential figures, from astronauts to climatologists, are forced to confront their own mortality with greater immediacy than, for example, climate forecasts would suggest. Suspicion rises, tension escalates and before you can say:And then there were no more“The bodies are piling up in this remote paradise.
As A murder at the end of the worldAs resident detective, it’s up to Darby to catch the killer before he strikes again. She has to rely on all her technical know-how, all her previous experience and – most disheartening of all – some of her fellow guests, all of whom are suspects.
A murder at the end of the world is a tale of two cases.
Emma Corrin and Harris Dickinson in A Murder at the End of the World. Photo credit: Christopher Saunders / FX
As Darby investigates the deaths at the retreat, A murder at the end of the world recalls the case that earned her recognition. Years before Andy’s invitation, Darby and fellow amateur internet detective Bill Farrah (Harris Dickinson) set out on a road trip to track down a serial killer who they believe left silver jewelry with the bodies of all his victims. As they continue their search, the two inevitably grow closer, but Darby hasn’t seen Bill since the day they found her killer – at least until he also shows up at Andy’s retreat.
With its intertwining between past and present, A murder at the end of the world is able to delve deeper into the complicated relationship between Darby and Bill. This turns out to be a blessing: their tentative romance in the past borders on melodramatic cliché, but the context provided by the present allows us to see the drastic (and very different) ways in which their time together has shaped them.
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A murder at the end of the world distinguishes its double covers with stylish flair, contrasting the barren, snowy beauty of Iceland with the warm desert wonders of the American West. Darby and Bill’s first case feels darker and more rudimentary: sleeping in cars or sneaking into motel rooms, a far cry from the high-tech luxury of Andy’s Icelandic hotel.
The technology is also different. In the past, Bill and Darby relied on input from Reddit investigators and hacks from their own phones and computers. Currently, Andy insists on taking guests’ personal devices to ensure a “phone-free” experience, meaning Darby has to use other investigative methods. These methods include recruiting Andy’s pet project, an AI named Ray (Edoardo Ballerini), who functions from medical expert to therapist. Ray and other Andy inventions bring the past action into realism A murder at the end of the world into sci-fi territory, resulting in a wonderfully versatile puzzle box.
Darby Hart is a sleuth of the Internet age.
Emma Corrin in “Murder at the End of the World.” Photo credit: Christopher Saunders / FX
With all the talk about the climate catastrophe and the future of technology and AI, A murder at the end of the world can occasionally stray too far from the current subject of his murders. It’s a relief when the series focuses entirely on Darby’s work, delving into the details of hacking doorbell cameras or deciphering technologically transmitted Morse code. These strategies come much easier to her than interrogating suspects, which means she’ll make plenty of social mistakes – and mysterious allies – along the way. But whether she’s commanding an AI or approaching a potential murderer, A murder at the end of the world Every second of Darby’s investigation is tense.
Corrin shines when Darby joyfully discovers a new clue, but they are particularly strong in moments when Darby is processing her grief over the murders. We learn that Darby started solving crimes while working with her forensic pathologist father in his morgue. There, any nameless body – usually a woman – meant an unsolved thread, a person who never found justice. For them, catching murderers means putting an end to the dead, a motivation that drives them but also carries the risk of it being completely lost in a case. Corrin’s fiery, untamed passion for these murders finds a nice contrast in Dickinson’s more cautious sensitivity to her obsession with tracking down murderers.
Because there is so much focus on Darby and Bill, it can be difficult for the members at times A murder at the end of the worldis an ensemble that stands out. Owen plays the menacing, powerful Andy and Marling plays his mysterious hacker, Lee. Elsewhere, however, characters like director Martin (Jermaine Fowler) and smart city architect Lu Mei (Joan Chen) have far less to do as the investigation begins. The imbalance between certain characters is detrimental to the main mystery, either dismissing them as suspects or, worse, relegating them to the corpse list. The series can also sometimes go off the rails with its more intellectual discussions, although these core themes of climate and technology are more interesting when viewed through the immediate lens of the murders.
But despite these flaws, Marling and Batmanglij have undoubtedly created a compelling mystery A murder at the end of the world. The interwoven chronology, so often a gimmick in other television shows, helps Darby’s two cases speak to each other in a satisfying way, while the remote control settings make for a consistently stunning picture. If you’re looking for a cool secret to get you through the winter, go for it A murder at the end of the world.
A murder at the end of the world is now streaming on Hulu, with a new episode every Tuesday.
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