‘Adventurer James Keziah Delaney, long believed to be dead, returns home to London from Africa in 1814 in order to inherit his late father’s shipping empire. All is not what it seems, however, as Delaney encounters numerous enemies intent on making his life back in the United Kingdom very difficult. Focused on building a shipping empire to rival the imperious East India Company, Delaney’s other wish to seek vengeance for his father’s death means conspiracy, betrayal and bloodshed are also in the cards. As he works to accomplish that, Delaney must also navigate increasingly complex territories in order to avoid his own death sentence.’
Having finished the extraordinary first series of ‘Taboo’ nearly a month ago, I still can’t seem to get this television show out of my mind. And no, it isn’t just because Tom Hardy has been one of my favourite actors ever since the days of the TV adaption of ‘Wuthering Heights’.
Taboo – from the first episode alone – had me locked and focused on my computer screen, refusing to look away for fear of missing something brewing behind its melancholy portrayal. It brings a highly original and slow-revealing story to life, with some stomach-wrenching and disgusting scenes here and there, but it never failed to leave me satisfied as Tom Hardy’s character, James Delaney, took on villain after villain after villain (Even though, it’s safe to say, he himself has a lot of nasty skeletons in his closet). He is an anti-hero, but even so, you mainly want him to win in the battles he picks.
The drama is extremely eerie, haunting in fact, with some authentic scenery and an explosive *please laugh at my pun* story-line focusing on betrayal, love, incest and vengeance.
At times, the plot can become a little muddled or hard to decipher, mainly due to the flashbacks of Delaney’s time in Africa or his mother, but it does not take that much away from the slightly pretentious but brilliantly acted present day moments Delaney and his ‘friends’ have to face in order to thrive in such a brooding world.
This show is for lovers of anything Gothic and supernatural. It’s one of very few to have me counting down the days until the next episode, and I’m sure series two will be just as captivating. The only problem now is waiting for it to air…
First aired: – 7th January 2017 – 25th February 2017
Setting of the story: – London, 1814
Favourite characters: – James Delaney, Lorna Bow, Brace
Most hated characters: – Zilpha Geary, Thorne Geary
Favourite quote: – ‘Forgive me Father, for I have indeed sinned.’ – James Delaney.
What I hope to see in season two: – Anything and anyone except Zilpha Geary.