El Barco (TV series)

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El Barco (The Ship)
Genre Action
Mystery
Drama/Science Fiction
Starring Mario Casas
Blanca Suárez
Juanjo Artero
Patricia Arbues
Luis Callejo
Irene Montalà
Juan Pablo Shuk
Neus Sanz
Iván Massagué
Bernabé Fernandez
Marina Salas
Giselle Calderón
Javier Hernández
David Seijo
Country of origin Spain
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 43 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Álex Pina
Running time 75 minutes (approx.)
Release
Original network Antena 3
First shown in 17 January 2011[1]
Original release January 17, 2011 (2011-01-17) – February 21, 2013 (2013-02-21)
External links
Website

El Barco (in English: The Ship) is a Spanish mystery TV series produced by Globomedia for Antena 3. The first episode premiered on January 17, 2011. The first episode "Un Millión de Millas" (A million miles) had 4.7 million viewers, gaining 23.4% viewership in Spain.

The series combines elements of drama, mystery and action, a formula that was very popular between 2007 and 2010. Due to its popularity, Antena 3 renewed the programme for a second and later a third series. The third season had 16 episodes and ended February 21, 2013.

Plot[edit]

A global cataclysm, caused by a fatal accident in Geneva, Switzerland, during the implementation of a particle accelerator, leaves the crew and students of the school-ship Estrella Polar (North Star) isolated in a post-apocalyptic world. The ship becomes their home in this isolated world. However, apart from the isolation, they also discover they are not alone, and must face "the others".

Season 1[edit]

The first season consisted of 13 episodes aired for the first time between January 17, 2011 and April 25, 2011, featuring Juanjo Artero, Mario Casas, Irene Montalà and Blanca Suarez, along with the rest of the cast who was present in the entire programme.

The first season starts with North Star sailing on what will be the biggest adventure of their lives, when a mysterious storm caused by the implementation of a particle accelerator in the middle of the night begins. Then all the crew discover that the earth as they know it is gone, that 90% of the surface is water, and to be in that boat is the only way to stay alive. Captain Ricardo Montero and First Officer, Julian De la Cuadra, will now be responsible for the lives of the school-ship and have to make difficult decisions in extreme situations like giant fish, bird strikes, riots on board, and poisonous mists, among others. Shortly after the students discover that there is no land to arrive to, Ramiro discovers on his own that 10% of the surface is still solid land, so the crew decides to go in search of this area.

Young Ulysses and Ainhoa meet, and form a love-hate relationship. She is already in a relationship with the survival instructor, Ernesto Gamboa, and are together for several episodes. Because of this, Ulysses also begins a relationship with Dr. Julia Wilson, which lasts for a short time. They decide to end their relationships to be together, but that seems impossible when Gamboa threatens to kill Ainhoa's father and sister, so she tells Ulysses she does not want anything to do with him. Also, a relationship begins to develop between Vilma and Piti, when she tells Vilma that he will be the father of her child. Estela falls in love with Gamboa, and when he does not return the feelings, her eyes move on to the captain, but he is already interested in the doctor, who lets her down. Salomé and the First Officer Julian De la Cuadra start a relationship, realizing that after knowing each other for so long, they are starting to falling in love. Dr. Julia tells Julian that he has symptoms and might have cancer. While all this happens, Valeria and Bubbles live intense adventures.

In the season finale, the crew of the 'North Star' receive a message from outer space, and astronauts ask for help because they will die in three hours.

Season 2[edit]

Following the success of the first 14 episodes of the last series with an average audience of 4 million viewers, the show was renewed for a second series consisting of 17 episodes, but eventually the last 3 episodes became the third season, leaving this season with just 14 episodes. The new season aired between September 8, 2011 and January 5, 2012.

The second season continues with the captain, deciding to help the astronauts who are about to land, while an approaching hurricane endangers the lives of the crew. After passing through the danger, the crew discovers that the astronauts are not inside, they are gone. Later the North Star sees other survivors on a raft from Queen America and 4 crewman: Victor, Tom, Sweet and Leonor. Another ship that sank in the path of the storm that started it all, and then they discovered the intentions of the new crew, who are there for nothing more than trying to find black box that Ulysses and De la Cuadra found at sea. After falling down a huge waterfall, the crew faces against a storm that brings a dead Palomares back to life. In another episode, they find a duck that was walking on land. In a later episode, they encounter a Russian ship.

Ainhoa and Ulysses decide to start their relationship despite Gamboa's threats to Ainhoa. After an incident in which Ulysses hits Gamboa, Ainhoa leaves him because she does not want to be with someone violent. Although Ulysses later repents and asks for forgiveness, she walks away from him. When they find the Russian ship adrift and abandoned, Ulysses will find land from that ship on his own, and upon arrival discovers Ainhoa waiting to give him another chance. Piti and Vilma continue being together and their relationship evolves as it passes through several tests, however it becomes a love triangle when Palomares confesses to Vilma that he has feelings for her, and ultimately both relationships end. Salomé and First Officer De la Cuadra are still together, but they are put to the test when De la Cuadra's cancer results become known. Salomé learns that Julian was hiding this information all this time and leaves him, telling him that she is pregnant. Estela is still in search of love and falls for Ulysses, but Sol also appears, another student who does not get along well with anyone. At the end of the second season, De la Cuadra and Bubbles are kidnapped and when they return to the Estrella De la Cuadra is cured of cancer, leaving many questions unanswered.

Season 3[edit]

Thanks to the incredible ratings of the second series, Antena 3 renewed the series for a third season consisting of 13 episodes, but they added three more at the last minute, making this series 16 episodes. This series began on October 18, 2012, after a long wait of nine months, and features Juanjo Artero, Irene Montala, Mario Casas and Blanca Suárez, along with the rest of the cast. Series 3 includes multiple additions to the cast, among them Jan Cornet as Max, Alberto Jo Lee and Cho Sung, Héctor Alterio as Ventura and Gabriel Delgado. In this series, the North Star makes landfall. This series was filmed in Peniscola, simulating the long-awaited island they were looking for. Some scenes were still filmed in Plató as they follow the North Star. The series is also filmed in Elche, in Palmeraie, to simulate the forest around the cabin on the island. On February 2, 2013, Antena 3 reported that the programme will finally end on February 21, 2013, after three seasons.

In the third season, the search for land continues, and now more than ever, Bubble finds Manolito, who has returned to the North Star, and after examining its trajectory, he discovers that the ship always goes to the same place. Ainhoa tells her father that Ulysses has disappeared a couple of days ago and the crew has found a man who happens to be Cho Sung, a Korean from the Russian ship. Shortly after the North Star finds a blip on the radar, which the crew eventually discovers to be a hotel that has remained above the water after the cataclysm. Almost five months pass, and they discover in the building that Ulysses was there, and they meet Max, the leader of the survivors that live in the building, which turns out to be a hotel in Singapore. After a few days there, Gamboa discovers that the city is under his feet. Max gives the land coordinates to the captain, and the latter promises to return, but in exchange for these coordinates he asked the captain that Ainhoa stay in the hotel. Ulysses changes his opinion of Max and he stays because Ulysses dated a girl before they met. Richard and Julia decide to marry and Vilma begins to befriend Cho Sung. Mr. Ventura, an old man, goes aboard as a stowaway with his grandson "Mouse" on the North star.

After 132 days at sea, the North Star finally spots land. De la Cuadra, Salome, Ainhoa, Piti, Vilma, Cho Sung and Max go to the island. A few remain on the ship, which sails back to the hotel for the other survivors as promised, but just before returning, Ulysses requests assistance through the radio and a shot is heard at the end of his message. The first night on the island, Max goes to inspect the area during the rain when they hear noises outside the tents which eventually disappear, and the next day they discover that the animal that made the noises was a cow. On board the North Star, they reach the building in search of Ulysses and the others but they don't find anyone there. The captain decides to return to the island to reunite with the crew, hoping that the French ship, the one from the Alexandria Project, has arrived before them and will guide them to land. On the island, Ainhoa, Piti, Cho and Vilma search for Max, but instead of finding him they find two masked men armed with guns, which they shoot. They return and put a camera on the cow so they can see what is on the island and they find a cabin. The cabin doesn't look abandoned, so Ainhoa and Piti enter and alarms go off, and a short while later they find Max knocking on the door. Piti goes to warn the rest but it is too late, and he encounters the crew from the French ship taking the North Star crew hostage, and impersonates Gamboa to save them.

Bubble and Gamboa find the red folder that the Alexandria Project were looking for. Gamboa is contacted by the Alexandria Project and informs them of his findings. Once ashore, Ricardo and the others meet with the crew on the island and both groups find out everything that has happened. Then Ricardo, De la Cuadra, Salome, Julia, Cho, Palomares, Vilma and Ramiro go to the cabin with Ainhoa and Max. A shootout with the crew from the French ship occurs and Valeria gets shot. Ricardo comes out and burns the red folder in front of everyone, outside the cabin. Piti is discovered to be a fraud, and they force Piti to walk with a mask on on a path to the cabin to shoot him, but he manages to escape being shot by his own crew by placing a gun to his forehead which causes De la Cuadra to remember that he put a gun to Piti's forehead. The French crew shoot Piti, but do not kill him. Palomares and Ramiro go to Piti in the middle of the crossfire by protecting themselves with a bathtub. Ulysses and Max know it is important to save Valeria but on the way they are followed by the crew from the French ship. Ulysses stays to fight them and Max goes to the ship. Max sneaks aboard the boat. Bubbles reconnects with Marimar, is obligated to impersonate Roberto to save the crew because they have destroyed the red folder. Gamboa is reunited with his daughter, but is blackmailed by Alexander who asks him to assassinate Ulysses. Gamboa gets off the boat and meets with Ulysses to kill him.

Ventura gets out alive from the boat because Alexander decides to spare his life and decides to take the surgical supplies to the cabin. In the cabin the French crew leave, because they have been ordered by Alexander since Bubbles, impersonating Roberto, gives them the information from the red folder. Ulysses, on the other hand, encounters Gamboa, and decides to leave his gun on the ground to go by boat to reach the North Star. He is then surprised by Gamboa in the water with a gun and Ulysses discovers that Gamboa plans to kill him. He calls his girlfriend Ainhoa over the radio to bid her farewell and Gamboa shoots four bullets into his chest.

The series ends in an epilogue. The story flashes forward 380 days and shows Captain Ricardo Montero driving a van. Julia is sitting in front and in back is Salomé with her son (named Roberto), in the middle is Valeria and on the other side sits Julian. They go to a place and get out of the van to see Ainhoa wearing a wedding dress and the captain asks where the groom is. We then see an image of Ulysses enjoying the sea, wearing a white shirt, showing he's the groom. Then voiceovers from Ainhoa and Ulysses begin to tell the ending: "Because no atomic bomb, particle accelerator (can destroy love). Neither can four shots to the chest nor a well-intentioned lie." Ramiro gets with Estela. Captain Montero and Dr. Julia decide to have another child, which make it that Valeria is no longer the youngest. Vilma maries Cho. Cho speaks to the child in Korean and Vilma in Spanish which will lead the child to have a funny accent. Piti became a caretaker and godfather to Cho and Vilma's child. Mouse's grandfather, Mr. Ventura, died with a smile on his face and was deeply missed by everyone. Mouse is adopted by Max, who says "he wants to be just like him." Palomares built a church out of branches but its constantly falls down during storms. Gamboa is never heard from again, but it's suspected that he's living on the other side of the island with his daughter. Marimar and Bubbles get back together,and Marimar is not bother by his accident. Ulysses and Ainhoa's love story could not be stopped by Gamboa's bullets, and we hear their wedding vows. It was revealed that when Bubbles was Roberto Schnieder he created an infection that poisoned the lungs, but also created an antidote that he hid in the red folder. Everything ends with an earthquake and a new magnetic field disturbance, and the Captain says that it "has begun again."

Cast[edit]

  • Ulises Garmendia (Mario Casas): De la Cuadra's son, he entered the ship as a stowaway to meet his father.
  • Ainhoa Montero (Blanca Suárez): Captain Montero's daughter, student on the school-ship.
  • Capitán Ricardo Montero (Juanjo Artero): Captain of the ship and Ainhoa and Valeria's father.
  • Valeria Montero (Patricia Arbues): Captain's much younger daughter and Ainhoa's sister.
  • Julian De la Cuadra (Luis Callejo): he's the ship's First Mate. Ulises' father. Later boyfriend and husband to Salomé.
  • Julia Wilson (Irene Montalà): ship's science officer.
  • Ernesto Gamboa (Juan Pablo Shuk): teacher on the school-ship, specializes in survival skills.
  • Salomé Palacios (Neus Sanz): ship's chef.
  • "Burbuja" Roberto Cardeñosa ("bubbles") (Iván Massagué): Salomé's mentally-troubled (due to an air bubble in his brain when he went diving) assistant, later revealed to be her brother.
  • Andrés Palomares (Bernabé Fernandez): Student on the school-ship; He is a Roman Catholic priest.
  • Vilma Llorente (Marina Salas): Student on the school-ship.
  • Estela Montes (Giselle Calderón): Student on the school-ship.
  • Pedro Gironés "Piti" (Javier Hernández Rodríguez): Student on the school-ship.
  • Ramiro Medina (David Seijo): Student on the school-ship.

Production[edit]

Filming of the Estrella Polar was done aboard the Cervantes Saavedra. It was launched as a lightvessel named Sydostbrotten (Nr 33) 1934 from the Swedish shipyard Götaverken, in Gothenburg. In 1970, the ship was sold and refitted at the Aveiro shipyard in Portugal.[2] The refit converted the vessel into an iron-hulled barquentine with three masts and a bowsprit. Her length is now 48.5 m (159 ft), with a 7.8 m (26 ft) beam and 4.6 m (15 ft) draft.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 January 17, 2011 April 25, 2011
2 14 September 8, 2011 January 5, 2012
3 16 October 18, 2012 February 21, 2013

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2011)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Prod.
code
viewers
(millions)
1 1 "A million miles" January 17, 2011 (2011-01-17) 101 4.76
2 2 "Cane casting" January 24, 2011 (2011-01-24) 102 4.32
3 3 "The ghost pirate" January 31, 2011 (2011-01-31) 103 4.18
4 4 "A world under the sea" February 7, 2011 (2011-02-07) 104 4.10
5 5 "The squawk" February 14, 2011 (2011-02-14) 105 3.83
6 6 "Election" February 21, 2011 (2011-02-21) 106 4.01
7 7 "Lost" February 28, 2011 (2011-02-28) 107 3.82
8 8 "Sea fishing" March 7, 2011 (2011-03-07) 108 4.07
9 9 "A blip on the radar" March 21, 2011 (2011-03-21) 109 3.99
10 10 "Fog" March 28, 2011 (2011-03-28) 110 4.30
11 11 "The law of the sea" April 4, 2011 (2011-04-04) 111 4.17
12 12 "The man from liverpool" April 11, 2011 (2011-04-11) 112 3.99
13 13 "Waiting for a miracle" April 25, 2011 (2011-04-25) 113 4.20

Season 2 (2011/12)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Prod.
code
viewers
(millions)
14 1 "Are not alone" September 8, 2011 (2011-09-08) 201 2.90
15 2 "The dark visitor" September 15, 2011 (2011-09-15) 202 2.70
16 3 "The last raft of america queen" September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) 203 2.91
17 4 "Bobby guts bear" September 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) 204 2.69
18 5 "Who fears the wolf?" October 6, 2011 (2011-10-06) 205 3.05
19 6 "Shrimp that falls asleep..." October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13) 206 3.08
20 7 "Feet in cement" October 20, 2011 (2011-10-20) 207 3.16
21 8 "Mermaid" October 27, 2011 (2011-10-27) 208 2.98
22 9 "The priest and the dr. frankenstein" November 3, 2011 (2011-11-03) 209 3.02
23 10 "The strange case of duck manolito" November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10) 210 2.90
24 11 "Of ghost one" November 17, 2011 (2011-11-17) 211 3.08
25 12 "Boat in the mirror" November 24, 2011 (2011-11-24) 212 2.89
26 13 "Lies and Cabaret" December 1, 2011 (2011-12-01) 213 3.16
27 14 "Twelft night" January 5, 2012 (2012-01-05) 214 2.10

Season 3 (2012/13)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Prod.
code
viewers
(millions)
28 1 "Honor the crew" October 18, 2012 (2012-10-18) 215 3.35
29 2 "The art of war" October 25, 2012 (2012-10-25) 216 3.03
30 3 "Light which conceals" November 1, 2012 (2012-11-01) 217 2.57
31 4 "100m² of land" November 8, 2012 (2012-11-08) 301 3.15
32 5 "The owner of the world" November 15, 2012 (2012-11-15) 302 2.81
33 6 "Fukushima blues" November 22, 2012 (2012-11-22) 303 2.98
34 7 "The wedding" November 29, 2012 (2012-11-29) 304 2.80
35 8 "Who is who" December 13, 2012 (2012-12-13) 305 2.59
36 9 "The energy that moves the world" December 20, 2012 (2012-12-20) 306 2.48
37 10 "The rest of the world" January 10, 2013 (2013-01-10) 307 2.25
38 11 "Things in secret" January 17, 2013 (2013-01-17) 308 2.25
39 12 "Nothing here" January 24, 2013 (2013-01-24) 309 2.01
40 13 "Cat and mouse" January 31, 2013 (2013-01-31) 310 2.16
41 14 "A noise in the sky" February 7, 2013 (2013-02-07) 311 2.21
42 15 "Out of this world" February 14, 2013 (2013-02-14) 312 2.32
43 16 "The last bullet" February 21, 2013 (2013-02-21) 313 2.61

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Finalmente "El Barco" se estrena el próximo lunes 17 de Enero Leer más". Zona El Barco (in Spanish). 12 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "CERVANTES SAAVEDRA". Marinetraffic.com. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 

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