First Impressions: Silent Sea

First Impressions: Silent Sea

This binging culture is getting annoying.

I watched the first episode and had a couple of questions.  I can’t really ask them of the internet without finding out how the entire damn series ends.

Okay, starting over.

Silent Sea is a Korean science fiction series currently on Netflix.  On the basis of one episode, I can now state with perfect conviction it stands head and shoulders above any of the western science fiction series that Netflix has sunk money into.

Admittedly, a low bar to trip over.

The show starts by showing an international water crisis.  There isn’t anywhere near enough to go around.  Water is being severely rationed.  Agriculture has broken down and every country now has a department of human survival.

Now in the first episode, they haven’t explicitly said where all the water went. I’m assuming it’s the usual bullshit about Global Warming but I don’t’ know for certain yet. If that’s the explanation then it’s a stupid one because water wouldn’t boil off into space like that even assuming (and it’s an idiotic assumption) that the very worst global warming models are correct.  Earth has this thing called gravity, unless the water built its own rockets it can’t leave the planet no matter what form it’s in.

Hopefully, the explanation is something more intelligent. And interesting.  If this was Western science fiction I would have no such hope at all.

Getting back to the show.  There is an expedition being sent by Korea to the only moon base they’ve ever built. Five years before there was a major accident on the base and apparently everyone died.  

This includes the father of our protagonist. She is the best female astrobiologist in Korea.  She is reluctant to join the expedition but for reasons that weren’t explained in the first episode goes along anyway.

The mission is supposed to be a quick in and out. However, the team’s ship crashes and does so well short of the base.  They have to hike in and will have to survive at the base until a rescue ship can be sent. 

They will be sharing the base with whatever killed the first colonists. It shows a lot of promise

If I finish the whole thing, I’ll do a Recommends on it.

Okay, I’m done here.

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  • Codex Reply

    Rationale for water loss: The water is there, but it’s moatly toxic.
    How? Pollution. Microplastics and batteries and gengineered waterborne parasites.
    A bit of handwavium, and you’re good to go.

    December 31, 2021 at 1:10 am
  • joe90 Reply

    This is basically an 80´s pilot, TV must be dire for this to be thought good (i moved house and so stopped watching TV in 2013). I predict that the moon will be blown out of orbit in the second season.

    December 31, 2021 at 7:30 pm
  • Dave W. Reply

    I think the author was watching David Tennant Doctor Who when he came up with this.

    January 1, 2022 at 4:43 am
  • GSD Reply

    The show was generally good and then about 3/4 through starts to unravel. The last 10 min of the last episode the shark jump achieves escape velocity.

    January 6, 2022 at 12:51 pm

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