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The Head (TV Series Review)


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Summer commander of Antarctic research station Polaris VI Johan Berg (Alexander Willaume) returns with his team to find the entire winter team dead or missing and must rely on the lone survivor Maggie (Katharine O'Donnelly) to unravel the mystery behind what occurred even while a killer is still on the loose in this twist-filled, edge-of-the-seat, six-part international thriller from HBO Max produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO in collaboration with Hulu Japan and HBO Asia.

The Head Key Art (2020)In the HBO Max original series The Head, the sun has set for the next six months in the Antarctic, with a group of scientists set to shelter in their hi-tech research complex ready for the dark and cold of winter. With the sun back up in the spring, their relief arrives only to find most of the scientists dead or missing. Johan (Alexander Willhaume) is in charge and will try his best to find out what is going on at Polaris VI Antarctic Research Station.

Outside of the trailer, I had no idea what to expect. It’s framed like John Carpenter’s The Thing, which is what sold me on it to begin with. The crew is comprised of interesting characters from other countries. You have folks from England, Spain, Japan, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, USA, etc., all in cooperation to fight against climate change. That’s why they’re all there at the station — they are to develop a revolutionary new process to combat climate change.

What was really clever, as I mentioned, was that certain themes and homages are taken directly from John Carpenter’s The Thing. There’s even a scene early on of the scientists all watching The Thing on their television. The series is also told in flashbacks and in one scene halfway through, you have a scene that was similar to the blood testing scene of The Thing. I dig that, and no, this series has nothing to do with shapeshifting aliens from another world. (more below….)

As The Head plows forward, there is treachery at every turn and it will keep you guessing to the very end. Funny enough, I thought that the series had a very Leigh Whannell/James Wan type-of-influence to it. Each episode is roughly 50-minutes, with the final episode being over an hour. You definitely get some bang for your buck. The Head is recommended!

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The Head is streaming now in its entirety on HBO Max

  • Show Creator: David Pastor | Alex Pastor | David Troncosco
  • Original Release Date: 4 February 2021
  • Streaming Service: HBO Max
  • Ep. Run Time: 50 – 62 Mins.
  • No. Eps.: 6
  • Studios & Distributors: The MediaPro | HBO Asia | Hulu | HBO Max
  • Rating Certificate: TV-MA

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