Into the Night Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Creator: Jason George
Stars: Pauline Etienne, Laurent Capelluto, Stefano Cassetti
The Gist: Midnight, Brussels. Sylvie (Pauline Etienne) awakens from the kissyface dream, late for her flight. With an urn full of her recently deceased lover’s ashes in her backpack, she eventually ends up on her flight to Moscow. Elsewhere in the airport, little dramas unfold. Terenzio (Stefano Cassetti), who claims to be with NATO, very nervously and desperately buys a ticket to “anywhere west of here.” A first-class jerk (Jan Bijvoet) complains that an elderly man in a wheelchair gets to board before he does. A famous influencer (Alba Gaia Bellugi) says her friend made a choking sound in the middle of a call and hung up; she’s worried, but her friend has a dark sense of humor, she says to a concerned onlooker (Mehmet Kurtulus).
Terenzio bellies up to a bar, sees an image of dead people on TV, and bolts. He knocks over an armed guard, grabs his machine gun and takes the partly filled Moscow plane hostage. While arresting control of the cockpit, he fires a bullet through the hand of Mathieu (Laurent Capelluto), the co-pilot. Now he can’t fly the plane, but thankfully, Sylvie is a former military helicopter pilot, and she steps in to assist. The passengers consist of the first-class jerk, the famous influencer and the concerned onlooker, as well as a marshal, a mom with a sick little boy who’s going to Moscow for an operation, an old man and his nurse, a sickly young man who only speaks Arabic, an airplane technician who thankfully speaks Arabic, and a flight attendant who’s trying to keep everyone calm. (I might be missing a couple.)
Terenzio makes Sylvie and Mathieu point the plane towards New York. He explains that the sun is murdering people, and so they have to fly west, away from the sunrise. But the plane has limited fuel reserves, not to mention it lacks the engine capacity to, oh, you know, fly faster than the earth rotates. But hey, as Sylvie says at one point, let’s tackle one problem at a time. Meanwhile, convenient for the plot, the wifi is busted, and the cockpit communications are also busted, leaving everyone in a tragic bubble into which no information will flow.
Sylvie and Mathieu are skeptical of the end-of-the-world claims, but Terenzio is the one holding the machine gun. Of course, he surely realizes his precarious situation, because if he shoots them, the plane will crash. The plane won’t make it to New York, so they’ll have to refuel in Iceland, Mathieu says. The passengers eventually learn what’s up, even though they maybe don’t believe it; would you? There’s some wranglings and whatnot; Terenzio is disarmed and locked in the bathroom and released and re-armed again. Iceland is a no go — the airport is a mass of flames and crazed people and miscellaneous calamitous chaos. They turn back for Scotland, where they make a precarious landing, because NOTHING IS EVER EASY, especially in highly suspenseful apocalyptic sci-fi TV shows. Everyone disembarks for some fresh air and a hot phone signal. The internet confirms it: The sun is murdering the population with extreme prejudice. Oh boy. Now what?
Into the Night isn’t exactly original, but its highwire suspense makes the run time fly by, and when you stop to take a breath, you realize the human contents of the airplane are indubitably SOCIETY IN MICROCOSM. They’re a sort of diverse bunch, with the guy praying to Allah and the a-hole who calls the one guy an Arab when he’s actually a Turk. So the show has a little bit of Crash 2004 in it (and unfortunately not enough Crash 1996 in it), although not too much at this point, one episode in.
So there’s plenty of hope that the series will stick to its primary M.O. — keep it simple and suspenseful. There will be opportunities to explore the whys of the situation, and learn more about the whos on the plane, especially since the episode titles consist of key characters’ names, Sylvie being the first. The debut is highly entertaining, and it has the potential to keep us watching if it maintains its close-to-real-time pedal-through-the-floor pace. If Sylvie and Terenzio end up being decent Sandra and Keanu analogues, all the better.
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