The Straits Season 1
one day. Deadly the next. That pretty much sums up this ABC TV
series that is set in far North Queensland and the Torres Strait. The
series boasts action, drama, intrigue and a healthy amount of crime
which makes it a tad similar to the Underbelly TV series and to an
extant Deadwood, although not as glorified.
strong acting by all involved, the downfall of his series was the
rollercoaster ride of stories that were great, average and mediocre.
This made The Straits a little too clichéd and predictable to watch as
the more interesting themes in the story were sometimes neglected to the
subplots. I just wanted to get back to the main themes and characters.
of the main protagonists of the series is Harry Montebello (Brian Cox),
a loveable yet utter bastard who is the crime patriarch of this series.
He is joined by Kitty Montebello (Rena Owen), his wife whom both have
quite a turbulent relationship. All the characters in The Straits are
quite unlikeable, however many of them have this strange likability to
them. You want them to fail but on the other hand, you want them to
first episode of The Straits, The Proposition, helps set up the
characters well in this series but when Noel (their son) attempts to
divide their crime family in order to start a methamphetamine laboratory
in Papua New Guinea, things get quite messy. Needless to say, this
causes friction with the outlaw motorcycle gangs who import drugs into
Australia and the Raskols, one of the most powerful gangs on this
idyllic tropical island. It's a formula for disaster.
Unfortunately for Harry, keeping his family together and safe is quite a
difficult task, especially when a hitman is gunning for his life and not
everyone in his family has his back. To further fuel the turmoil, Sissi
Montebello (Suzannah Bayes-Morton) discovers that their accountant has
been embezzling money without their knowledge for several years and just
when you think the family is about to fall apart, Noel (Aaron Fa'asoso)
their son, adds even more fuel to the fire with explosive consequences.
Blu-ray, The Straits is easily one of the best quality releases that I
have seen that boasts some exceptionally sharp images, vibrant colours
and deep blacks. The cinematography in the series is quite a treat which
highlights Northern Queensland well. Audio is a little dull which only
supports Dolby Digital 2.0 but still produces clear dialogue.
conclusion, The Straits Season one is how Australian drama should be
made but some more care should be taken into consideration when trying
to link these stories together. Even though I found some of the episodes
a little lackluster, the quality of actors chosen to portray these
characters creates some truly powerful moments. With such a violent
concept, The Straits is one of those dramas that draws you in from the
start and doesn't let go until the very end.