Frontier (2016 TV series)

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Frontier
Screenshot Titlecard Discovery Channel Canada & Netflix's Frontier.png
Genre
Created by
  • Rob Blackie
  • Peter Blackie
Starring
Composer(s)Andrew Lockington
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes18 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Brad Peyton
  • Jeff Fierson
  • Alex Patrick
  • John Vatcher
  • Jason Momoa
  • Edwina Follows
  • Perry Chafe
  • Allan Hawco
  • Michaell Levine
  • Rob Blackie
  • Peter Blackie
Producer(s)John Vatcher
Production location(s)
Editor(s)James Patrick
Production company(s)
  • Take the Shot Productions
  • Factory Backwards
  • 20th Century Fox and Dream Waves
Release
Original network
Picture format4K
Original releaseNovember 6, 2016 (2016-11-06) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Frontier is a Canadian historical period drama television series co-created by Brad Peyton, Rob Blackie, and Peter Blackie, chronicling the North American fur trade in late 1700s Canada. The series is co-produced by Discovery Canada, as the channel's first original scripted commission, and Netflix. The series premiered on November 6, 2016.

The series was renewed for a second season in October 2016, ahead of its premiere, which premiered on October 18, 2017. Frontier was renewed for a third season on September 20, 2017, also ahead of the previous second season. The entirety of the third season premiered first on Netflix on November 23, 2018, and was broadcast in Canada between December 7 and 21, 2018.

Synopsis[edit]

The series chronicles the North American fur trade in late 1700s Canada, and follows Declan Harp (Jason Momoa), a part-Irish, part-Cree outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson's Bay Company's monopoly on the fur trade in Canada, which has become corrupt and engages in illegal activities to enrich itself.[1]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Jason Momoa as Declan Harp
  • Alun Armstrong as Lord Benton (seasons 1–3)
  • Landon Liboiron as Michael Smyth
  • Zoe Boyle as Grace Emberly
  • Jessica Matten as Sokanon
  • Christian McKay as Father James Coffin (season 1)
  • Evan Jonigkeit as Captain/Governor Jonathan Chesterfield (season 1–2)
  • Shawn Doyle as Samuel Grant
  • Zahn McClarnon as Samoset (season 1)
  • Lyla Porter-Follows as Clenna Dolan
  • Diana Bentley as Imogen
  • Greg Bryk as Cobbs Pond
  • Breanne Hill as Mary
  • Paul Fauteux as Jean-Marc Rivard
  • William Belleau as Dimanche (season 1)
  • Allan Hawco as Douglas Brown
  • Michael Patric as Malcolm Brown
  • Stephen Lord as Cedric Brown (season 1)
  • Katie McGrath as Elizabeth Carruthers (season 1–2)
  • Charles Aitken as Captain Johnson (season 1)
  • Tantoo Cardinal as Kamenna
  • Raoul Trujillo as Machk (season 1)
  • Kiowa Gordon as Kitchi (season 1)
  • Cameron Roberts as Chogan (season 1)
  • Jean-Michel Le Gal as Commander Everton (season 2, recurring season 1)
  • Demetrius Grosse as Charleston (season 2–3)
  • Karen LeBlanc as Josephette (season 2–)
  • Joel Thomas Hynes as Darragh (season 2)
  • David Schaal as Captain Grey (season 2)
  • Rémy Girard as Marquis de Beaumont (season 2)
  • Jamie Sives as McTaggart (season 2–)
  • Natar Ungalaaq as Inuit hunter (season 2)
  • Nagliniq Amagoalik as Inuit child (season 2)
  • James Preston Rogers as Vladimir 'The Siberian' Tetukin (season 2)
  • Brendt Thomas Diabo as Aki (season 2)
  • Kathryn Wilder as Chaulk (season 2–)
  • Paul Ewan Wilson as Vanstone (season 3, recurring season 1–2)
  • Paul McGillion as Major Vinnicombe (season 3)
  • Jay Simpson as Lord Winston Fisher (season 3)
  • Ellyn Jade as Kahwihta (season 3)
  • Michael Raymond-James as Fortunato (season 3)
  • Temuera Morrison as Te Rangi (season 3)
  • Gary Lewis as Edward Emberly (season 3)
  • Gordon Brown as Barclay (season 3)
  • Cal MacAninch as Angus (season 3)
  • Stephen Oates as Patrick O'Reilly (season 3)
  • Evan Mercer as Mercer (season 3)

Recurring[edit]

  • Sean Wei Mah as Omaciw
  • Graham Abbey as MacLaughlan (season 1)
  • A.C. Peterson as Governor Threadwell (season 1)
  • Peter O'Meara as Peter Carruthers (season 1)
  • Nathaniel Arcand as Wahush (season 2)
  • Star Slade as Minno (season 2)
  • Ryan Tarran as Wadlow (season 3)

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16November 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)December 11, 2016 (2016-12-11)
26October 18, 2017 (2017-10-18)November 22, 2017 (2017-11-22)
36December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal Can. air date
11"A Kingdom Unto Itself"Brad PeytonRob Blackie & Peter Blackie & Perry ChafeNovember 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)
Bent on restoring the Hudson's Bay Company's fur trade stranglehold, Lord Benton voyages to the New World to stamp out cutthroat trapper Declan Harp.
22"Little Brother War"Brad PeytonPerry ChafeNovember 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)
While Emberly schemes with Capt. Chesterfield behind Lord Benton's back, Harp makes a dangerous raid to secure an alliance with the Cree.
33"Mushkegowuk Esquewu"John VatcherRob Blackie & Peter Blackie & Joseph KayNovember 20, 2016 (2016-11-20)
Harp scrambles to make peace after Lord Benton's intrigues stir up deadly trouble among the independent trading outfits and the Cree.
44"Wolves"Kelly MakinGreg NelsonNovember 27, 2016 (2016-11-27)
A Hudson's Bay Company ship arrives from London with a surprise passenger and troubling news for Lord Benton, who lays a snare for Michael and Harp.
55"The Disciple"Ken GirottiGreg NelsonDecember 4, 2016 (2016-12-04)
A shrewd new entrepreneur contrives to topple Grant and the Brown brothers alike, and Lord Benton's obsession with Harp disintegrates into savagery.
66"The Gallows"Ken GirottiGreg SpottiswoodDecember 11, 2016 (2016-12-11)
As Lord Benton's rule descends into unchecked cruelty, Capt. Chesterfield suffers a betrayal and Harp sets his sights on vengeance, whatever the cost.

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal Can. air date
71"Dead Reckoning"Brad PeytonSherry WhiteOctober 18, 2017 (2017-10-18)
With a bounty on Harp's head, Fort James fills up with bounty hunters; Emberly and Chesterfield conspire against Benton; Michael and Sokanon struggle to keep the Black Wolf in business.
82"Wanted"Brett SullivanAubrey NealonOctober 25, 2017 (2017-10-25)
Bounty hunters find Harp in the North. Benton sails to England at the mercy of Everton, but makes a new friend. Michael has a plan to make the Black Wolf more money. Carruthers and Grant vie for the attention of a French Marquis, and Emberly finds herself in danger of losing her independence.
93"The Wolf and the Bear"John VatcherChris RobertsNovember 1, 2017 (2017-11-01)
Harp is hunted by the Siberian. Michael and Sokanon plot a heist against the Hudson Bay Company. Emberly seeks to protect her father's ale from Chesterfield.
104"Mutiny"David FrazeeAdriana MaggsNovember 8, 2017 (2017-11-08)
Michael and Sokanon remain at Fort James preparing to execute the plan for the Black Wolf company. En route to England, Benton proves he is still a skilled manipulator and Chesterfield demonstrates that he is an able student of Benton's.
115"Cannonball"Paul FoxKerri MacDonald & Sherry WhiteNovember 15, 2017 (2017-11-15)
Emberly reclaims the Alehouse, but even caught with his pants down, Chesterfield does not intend to lighten the pressure. The plan for seizing the pelts becomes more dangerous. Grant's and Elizabeth's sparring turns deadly.
126"Keetom Takooteeoo Maheekun (The Return of the Wolf)"David FrazeePeter Blackie & Rob BlackieNovember 22, 2017 (2017-11-22)
Michael meets Pond and negotiates the sale of the stolen pelts but Sokanon has reservations, meanwhile Chesterfield is searching for Harp and Grace is in danger. Douglas and Malcolm Brown find a new ally and set their sights on a weakened Grant. Lord Benton is the chess grand-master and is making sinister plans.

Season 3 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal Can. air date
131"The Low Road"TJ ScottSherry WhiteDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Declan sets out to save Grace from Benton; Michael tries to keep the BWC together; the Browns and Samuel find themselves in the same boat.
142"La Fin Du Monde"TJ ScottRuss CochraneDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Emberly and Chaulk turn the tables on Benton; Michael makes an attempt at forming an alliance.
153"Satanazes"TJ ScottKerri MacDonaldDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
Harp and the group chase Emberly and Benton; Emberly tries to figure out what Benton wants; Douglas finds out about a betrayal; Malcom gets in some trouble.
164"All For All and None For One"Lee RoseSherry White & Michelle LatimerDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
Harp and the crew assemble more men in Scotland; Michael tries to come to agreement with the Lake Walkers; Sokanon is betrayed.
175"House of the Lord"John VatcherChristopher RobertsDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)
186"The Sins of the Father"John VatcherRob Blackie & Peter BlackieDecember 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)

Production[edit]

The series is co-produced by Discovery Canada, as the channel's first original scripted commission, and Netflix.[2] Filming for Frontier took place in several locations in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Ontario, Canada, as well as Cornwall and Northumberland in the United Kingdom.[3][4][5]

Release[edit]

The series is produced in 4K ultra high definition; on January 8, 2016, Bell Media confirmed that Frontier would stream in 4K via the Discovery Go app exclusively on Samsung 4K smart TVs.[6]

The series premiered on November 6, 2016.[7] The series was renewed for a second season in October 2016, ahead of its premiere,[8] which premiered on October 18, 2017.[9] Frontier was renewed for a third season on September 20, 2017, also ahead of the previous season season.[10] The entirety of the third season premiered first on Netflix on November 23, 2018, and was broadcast in Canada between December 7 and 21, 2018.[11][12]

Internationally, the series is distributed by Netflix, with the first season available from January 20, 2017.[13] An exclusivity agreement meant that the series would not be available on Netflix in Canada until 2017.[2][14]

Reception[edit]

The first season received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating from critics of 43% based on 14 reviews, with the site's consensus reading "Jason Momoa's powerhouse performance as Declan Harp is ultimately weighed down by Frontier's often sluggish storytelling"; however, it has an audience approval rating of 79%.[15] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average to critic reviews, gave the series an average score of 52 out of 100, based on reviews from 11 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[16]

In a positive review, John Doyle of The Globe and Mail described the series as "an action-packed, uncomplicated and very entertaining yarn about the cutthroats who created this country by plundering it, when they weren't busy killing each other". Doyle felt the opening episode's handling of interactions with First Nations was handled "delicately," commenting that Frontier was "far from being a whitewashed tale about the English, Scots, Irish and French battling out for possession of fur and land".[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Canadian Screen Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2017 Best Achievement in Casting Denise Chamain, Sara Kay, Jenny Lewis, Danielle Irvine Nominated [18]
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series Brad Peyton Nominated
Best Achievement in Make-Up Elizabeth Kuchurean Won
Best Costume Design Michael Ground Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Jason Momoa Nominated
Landon Liboiron Nominated
Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series Gordon Barnes Nominated
2018 Best Achievement in Make-Up Elizabeth Kuchurean, Norma Richard Nominated [19]
Best Costume Design Michael Ground Nominated
Best Photography, Drama Glen Keenan Nominated
Best Production Design or Art Direction, Fiction Gord Barnes Nominated
Best Sound, Fiction Marco Dolle, David Yonson, John Elliot, Clive Turner, Alastair Gray, Orest Sushko, Janice Ierulli, Dave Johnson, Mark Shnuriwsky Nominated

Directors Guild of Canada Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee Result Ref
2017 Best Production Design - Television Series Gordon Barnes
(Episode 101 – A Kingdom Unto Itself)
Nominated [20]
Best Sound Editing - Television Series Matthew Hussey, Alastair Gray, Mark Shnuriwsky, Clive Turner
(Episode 104, Wolves)
Nominated
2018 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series John Vatcher
(Episode 203, The Wolf and the Bear)
Nominated [21]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jason Momoa to Star in Netflix Adventure Drama Frontier from San Andreas Director". Variety. Archived from the original on 17 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Netflix Picks Up Canadian Period Action Series Frontier Starring Jason Momoa". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  3. ^ "That's a wrap! Frontier finishes filming in Newfoundland". CBC News. Archived from the original on 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  4. ^ "Fortress Louisbourg acting as backdrop for new TV series Frontier". CBC News. Archived from the original on 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  5. ^ "Behind-the-scenes pictures of Netflix drama Frontier during filming in Northumberland - Northumberland Gazette". Northumberland Gazette. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  6. ^ "Discovery GO Ups Ante on Home Cinematic Experience with 4K Ultra HD". Bell Media press release. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  7. ^ "It's a Cutthroat, Untamed New World as Discovery's Frontier Premieres, November 6 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT". CNW Group. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20.
  8. ^ "Netflix Renews Jason Momoa Drama Frontier for Season 2". Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  9. ^ "Discovery Announces 2017/18 Original Programming Slate; Canadian Hits Headline Network's 2017 Fall Lineup". Bell Media. Archived from the original on 2017-09-04. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  10. ^ "Discovery's Original Dramatic Adventure Series Frontier Returns for World Premiere of Season 2 on October 18, as Series Renewed for Season 3". CNW Group. 2017-09-20. Archived from the original on 2017-09-22. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  11. ^ "Netflix's Frontier Season 3 — Premiere date November 23". RenewCancelTV. 2018-10-26. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  12. ^ "Season 3 of Frontier, Discovery's Original Dramatic Adventure Series, Premiering Dec. 7". TV eh?. November 9, 2018.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (November 14, 2016). "Jason Momoa's 'Frontier' Gets Netflix Premiere Date". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 15, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "More Than Half a Million Viewers Make Discovery's FRONTIER the Most-Watched Canadian Original Scripted Series Debut on Specialty TV This Year – Bell Media". www.bellmedia.ca. Archived from the original on 2017-09-04. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  15. ^ "Frontier: Season 1 (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 17 February 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Frontier : Season 1". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 1 March 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  17. ^ "John Doyle: Frontier is a lively, bloody yarn about Canada's fur trade wars". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 15 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  18. ^ "2017 TV Nominees - Academy.ca". Academy.ca. Archived from the original on 20 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  19. ^ https://www.academy.ca/category/2018-tv-nominees/
  20. ^ "2017 Dorectors Guild of Canada Awards — Nominees Announced". Directors Guild of America. Archived from the original on 4 February 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  21. ^ "Television Nominees Announced for 17th Annual DGC Awards". CNW Group. September 6, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.

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