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Warning: spoilers await for the Netflix show 1899.
The show starts out as a simple game with a bit of a mystery. But complications begin to arise and the show builds up layer by layer, leading viewers to compare it to the acclaimed drama. Perduqui has gone from a seemingly obvious plane crash scene to a series of supernatural sci-fi mysteries.
Let’s break down what happens, with plenty of spoilers.
Put the translation
First, before watching the show, go to your streaming options and change them so that the show displays the subtitles instead of the dubbed version.The characters come from many different countries and speak many different languages. But this is part of the plot – there are scenes in which we have to find out that the character does not understand someone else’s language. The subtitles make it obvious, while the dubbed version obscures it.
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The show takes place on the steamer Kerberos, which transports a group of people from London to New York. You’ll get the Titanic vibe – some passengers are wealthy and live in first class in giant private cabins, while others are stuck in second or third class.
The characters come from all over the world and have very different backgrounds. Viewers soon learn that everyone has a secret and a reason to flee Europe to the New World. The show begins by following Maura Franklin (Emily Beecham), a neurologist and one of the few female doctors in the UK, as she travels on her own. Her brother Ciaran (although his name is rarely mentioned) had disappeared four months earlier, along with another ship of the same ship company, the Prometheus, while at sea. Well, here’s a promising start.
Some of the main characters
There were a lot of passengers and crew in the 1899, and each one was on a great course. But the show introduces them slowly and clearly, so it’s easy to keep separate in your own mind. Here are a few:
Captain IK Larsen
Ike Larsen (Andreas Pietschmann) is the captain of the German Captain Kerberos. He drinks – and so do you – because he is haunted by the horrific loss of his entire family in a house fire. When Kerberos finds a nearly empty Prometheus, Eck decides to tow the other ship back to Europe, causing a mutiny, as the few people on his ship want to go back where they came from.
Tove and her family
Tove (Clara Rosager) is a pregnant woman from Denmark and Maura helps her get out of pregnancy complications early. She is traveling with her family, but without a husband, and there is a shocking story behind her pregnancy. She is accompanied on board by members of her family, including her parents Anker and Eben, as well as her brother Christer and sister Ada.
Daniel (Aneurin Barnard), infiltrates Kerberos from Prometheus, and is so mysterious that at first it’s hard to tell if he’s good or bad. He definitely has skills – he wears some kind of sliding panels that seem to make the ship disappear and he shoots glowing green bugs that can open doors. But like everything in 1899, its role is complex. Without saying much (full spoilers below), he’s very important to Maura.
Ramiro and Angel
Ramiro (José Pimentão) introduces himself as a Spanish priest, but of course there is a story behind that. He travels with Angel (Miguel Bernardeau), a rich and handsome Spanish gentleman, and they also have secrets.
Ling Yi and Yuk Ji
Ling Yi (Isabella Wei), a beautiful young Japanese geisha, appears to be traveling with her stern-faced mother, Yuk Ji (Gabi Wong). Their pasts begin to come to light and nothing comes out, not even their nationality.
Elliot, aka The Boy
The boy who appears unable to speak finds himself aboard the Prometheus ship.
Clement and Lucien
Clemence (Mathilde Olivier) and Lucien (Jonas Ploquet) are a newlywed French couple who don’t seem to like each other very much. He is a veteran of the French Foreign Legion.
Jerome (Yan Gael) is a French stowaway aboard the Kerberos and Lucien’s war companion.
Virginia Wilson (Rosalie Craig) is a British brothel mistress who intends to market Ling Yi to America as a Japanese prostitute. We learn that Ling Yi wasn’t the original woman assigned to the role, but that she had accidentally killed the intended woman while trying to steal her drink and steal her place on the ship.
Kerberos is a character in its own right. This is not a typical 1899 steamship. There are secret passages in some cabins that take passengers back to important days in their lives, and bright green insects that can open doors. A black substance begins to emerge from the walls and affect even Virginia’s hand, seeping through her body, like grayscale in Game of Thrones. And the name of the ship may be familiar to many as Cerberus, the three-headed dog of Hades, who in Greek mythology guarded the gates to the underworld, preventing the dead from leaving. Just as the ship’s passengers were (mostly) prevented from moving on.
What is this ending?
Major spoilers ahead.
The year 1899 contains eight complex episodes, all of which slowly reveal the secret past of those aboard and the secrets of Kerberos. If that’s enough, it’s a satisfying but low-key Agatha Christie-esque story. But instead, this story wanted to be “lost” at sea. The lost ship Prometheus is not just a lost ship, scientific and supernatural events are brewing.
It’s all simulation
In the end, it turns out that the entire ocean voyage is a simulation created by Maura, who has no memory of creating it.
Maura’s husband Daniel and Elliot were their son. When Elliot died, Maura tried to keep him alive by transferring her consciousness into the virtual world, where she and Daniel could hang out with him in a colorful, bunker-like playroom. It appears that the genius Maura designed a simulation of her so that others with their deceased loved ones could be reunited again.
Daniel tries so hard to wake Maura to free everyone. (“Wake up!” is a recurring motif at the beginning of each episode.) One of Mora’s keys and Elliot’s pyramid found will set everyone free. But Daniel changed the Exodus symbols so that they now reside in a different hierarchical game and in Mora’s alliance.
Maura’s father isn’t really the mastermind
Maura’s father, Henri (Anton Lesser), owner of the shipping company, watches the simulation from his contemporary office. It appears at first glance that he created the simulation, but in reality it was Mora, and he is just as helpless as the Passengers.
His brother has been missing the whole time
Remember Maura’s worry about losing her brother, Kieran, supposedly to Prometheus? He is actually the one who kept his sister Maura and their father Henry trapped in the simulation.
‘Lost in space.’
When Mora finally awakens to reality, she is actually on a starship in the year 2099, with Kerberos as passengers. A threatening message from Kieran urges him to return to reality, and a computer message refers to the “Prometheus Project”. So the siblings’ battle for reality is far from over.
Will there be a second season for 1899?
1899 was popular enough that a second season seemed likely. Writers Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar told Deadline that they’d like it to be a multi-season show, but that it’s based on Netflix ratings.
Actor Jonas Plockett, who plays Lucien, said the cast asked the creators what would happen if there was a second season, but they were basically told, “Wait and see.”
They were waiting. And while we wait, we will have to go through everything again, to find out all the details that we missed the first time.
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