For those who revel in darkness, Taboo is a gorgeously mounted production, and a winner in all areas. 4 Stars

While I’m a huge fan of Tom Hardy’s work, I somehow missed Taboo, which arrived via FX in January of 2017, and ran for eight episodes.

It wasn’t until my son mentioned it, presuming that I was aware, that I quickly ordered a copy.

In short, the series, which is coming back for a second season, is extraordinary.

As photographed by Mark Patten with Alexa and Panavision optics, it’s a very dark, brooding, dangerous, unpleasant place to be. London 1815.

https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/mark-patten-taboo/

Especially if one is a part of the lesser economic strata.

Reminded me of David Morrell’s Thomas DeQuincy novels – Murder as a Fine Art, et al. If you’re unaware of these books, worth a look.

A series that is best visited with no precognitions.

Superb cast:

Mr. Hardy, David Hayman, Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin (daughter of Geraldine), as well as a young actor named Louis Ashbourne Serkis, who looks suspiciously like a young version of the uber-talented Andy.

For those who revel in darkness, Taboo is a gorgeously mounted production, and a winner in all areas.

For those who may not have experience Mr. Hardy’s work, you might wish to check out Fury Road and The Revenant. Oh, and The Dark Knight Rises. And a few others.

Image – 5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Highly Recommended

RAH

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Loved this series. Wish they'd get started on Season 2 already.
 

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Fine series, beautifully photographed. And, on a completely unrelated note, the first series on basic cable to utilize the f-bomb with gusto: https://wp.me/p5FuJY-158
 

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Fine series, beautifully photographed. And, on a completely unrelated note, the first series on basic cable to utilize the f-bomb with gusto: https://wp.me/p5FuJY-158
I'm not sure about that. Several FX series have been using unbleeped f-bombs for several years.

It seems to be more common, as I heard one unbleeped F-bomb on a SyFy film a couple nights ago.

Yet some nets like Hallmark are still bleeping "Hell" and other innocuous cuss words from episodes of The Golden Girls that were OK for broadcast on NBC in the 80's.