Netflix keeps expanding its catalog with titles from all over the world that are worth a look. After “Ragnarök” or “The Murders of Valhalla”, the American streaming platform has just made available to its subscribers since June 17, a new Scandinavian series called “Katla”. It is a mix of drama, thriller and science fiction which was directed by Baltasar Kormákur and Sigurjón Kjartansson, who are also the originators of “Trapped”. But before embarking on this adventure from Iceland, let’s first talk about what there is to know about the series.
“Katla”, a real Icelandic volcano
We know very well that Iceland is a country where volcanoes reign supreme and “Katla” is just one of them. The volcano therefore does exist and it is even classified as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the country. According to Icelandic archives, it was in 1918 that the volcano awoke for the last time and covered more than half of the country with ash, causing enormous damage in the process. Currently, it is still active, but for the moment does not present any great danger, even if its activity remains very supervised by the experts.
What is it about and with whom?
Composed of eight episodes for this first season, the series “Katla” which was directed by Baltasar Kormákur and Sigurjón Kjartansson is precisely based on this constant fear that the volcano will wake up again and cause further damage or loss of life. All this through a folk story mixing the dramatic, fantastic side with a little touch of horror. A series that promises viewers a lot of surprises and twists, but also a superb opportunity to discover incredible Icelandic landscapes.
“Katla” will therefore take us to follow the history of what remains of the inhabitants of the small town of Vik which a year earlier was affected by the violent eruption of the famous subglacial volcano. A tragedy which thus melted the ice and which pushed the inhabitants to evacuate the region. But that’s not all, since several people also disappeared during the eruption and have never been found. So a year has passed since the events and the rest of the inhabitants of the town of Vik have managed to recover from the tragedy even though the area looks more and more like a scene from an apocalyptic movie. And in this chaos, like many other inhabitants, Gríma has been looking for a year for her sister who disappeared during the eruption or at least for her body, but she has never found anything.
It is then that one day, an event of the strangest will completely upset the daily life of the small town, since a young woman, practically covered with ashes, reappears from nowhere. This is Gríma’s missing sister. As if that weren’t enough, other missing people will reappear as well, without any logical explanation. Locals are going to have to find out what happened and figure out what happened to these people who have been missing for over a year. What then does the “Katla” volcano contain? Are these missing who came back from the dead really the same people? We’ll let you find out for yourself.
Casting side, we will obviously see great Icelandic actors and actresses to interpret the characters of the series. “Katla” will thus feature, Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð as Gríma, Íris Tanja Flygenring as Ása, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson as Þór and Aliette Opheim as Gunhild.
If you are therefore a fan of the thriller, fantasy, horror and drama genre, know that the first season of “Katla” is already available since June 17th on Netflix. A mystical and disturbing new series which once again demonstrates the incredible imagination of Scandinavian productions.