Netflix accomplished what no actor union, anti-capitalist spokespersons, and the whole anti-American global agenda could accomplish in 75 years of boring rallies and raucous choruses: stripping the US the label of only major audiovisual powerhouse in the globe. And curiously, although the efforts of the streaming giant have gone to every corner of the planet, it is Europe the one assuming the runner-up title, turning Spanish productions (Money Heist, Elite), German (Dark), Italian (The Trial) and even Swedes (Bonus Family). Now from the same continent, it’s Belgium’s turn to demonstrate why Europe is about to become the new epicenter of audiovisual production around the world.
What would you do if you knew that the day could literally kill you? Would you try to find a refuge underground? What if you can’t find it? What would you do if night is the only place you could be safe? Well, the above are the questions that producer Jason George (Narcos, The Protector) wanted to put on the table with Into the Night , the first original Netflix series from Belgium, which with just six episodes is already giving us something to talk about in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis , to the point that some – myself included, of course – are calling it «The New Lost «.
Now, if after watching the six excellent episodes of this series, you still have doubts and questions about this series, do not worry, because right now and without further ado we start the Analysis and Explanation of Into the Night.
1 | What happens to the sun in Into the Night?
Every eleven years, the sun reverses its polarity, with effects that on Earth are generally inconsequential. However, in the beginning of the series, by reversing its polarity, the sun literally becomes an electromagnetic radiation machine, much like the type of radiation that a microwave uses to heat food. The type of radiation the sun is generating alters organic particles, to the point of killing any exposed human being.
Into the Night | Analysis and Explanation
Netflix accomplished what none of the actor unions, anti-capitalist spokespersons, and anti-American marches has accomplished in 75 years of boring more than one with its rallies and raucous choruses: stripping the United States of its monopoly on audiovisual production in the world. And curiously, although the efforts of the streaming giant have gone to all parts of the planet, it is Europe that has taken the most chest, turning Spanish productions (La Casa de Papel, Elite), German (Dark), Italian ( The Judgment) and even Swedes (Assembled Family). Now from the same continent, it’s Belgium’s turn to demonstrate why Europe is about to become the new epicenter of audiovisual production in the world.
What would you do if you knew that the day could literally kill you? Would you try to find a refuge underground? What if you can’t find it? What would you do if night is the only place you could be safe? Well, the above are the questions that producer Jason George (Narcos, The Protector) wanted to put on the table with Into the Night , the first original Netflix series, from Belgium, which with just six episodes is already giving us something to talk about , to the point that some – myself included, of course – are calling it «The New Lost «.
Now, if after seeing the six excellent episodes of this series, you have been left with doubts, questions or concerns, do not worry, because below and without further ado we start the Analysis and Explanation of Into the Night .
1 | What happens to the sun in Into the Night?
Every eleven years, the sun reverses its polarity, with effects that on Earth are generally inconsequential. However, by starting the series, by reversing its polarity, the sun literally becomes an electromagnetic radiation machine, much like the type of radiation that a microwave uses to heat food. The type of radiation the sun is generating alters organic particles, to the point of killing any exposed human being.
2 | What other effects does radiation have? Does it also kill plants and animals?
Radiation not only kills human beings, it also has an effect on organic products, such as food, leaving them without nutritional value, and like hydrocarbons, such as gasoline and oil, causing the latter to lose combustion power.
According to what we saw in the last episode, radiation does not affect plants in any way, since we saw very green forests in Bulgaria, and apparently some animals can survive, although the latter is yet to be proven, after Dominik saw a groundhog in the hospital where Mathieu was treated.
3 | How did Terenzio know about the deadly effects of the sun?
Terenzio Gallo (Stéfano Cassetti) is a member of the Italian military. According to the story he told the rest of the Nighters , he found out by accident what was happening to the sun. Terenzio had gone to visit his girlfriend, a Spanish woman who worked as a translator at NATO headquarters in Brussels. However, when he arrived, he found her post empty and listened to everything related to the matter. Terenzio tried to convince his girlfriend, but she refused to leave Brussels, so he decided to go to the airport and take the first plane he found going West, however he was so eager to leave Brussels and escape from the sun, he ended up hijacking the Be Airways plane bound for Moscow.
4 | Who else was on the plane hijacked by Terenzio?
Well, an image is worth a thousand words, here are all the characters from Into the Night, with their respective nationalities.
The list is missing, of course, Gabrielle, the other stewardess who for not paying attention to Jakub, ended up trapped in Canada. And Mr. Volkov, the patient in charge of Laura, killed by one of the british soldiers.
5 | What was the route the Be Airways plane followed?
The plane the Nighters were traveling in, took the following route
- Brussels (Belgium): Starting point where Terenzio hijacked the plane.
- Iceland : Mathieu tried to land on Iceland to recharge food and fuel, however the chaos caused by the solar catastrophe rendered the runways useless, blocked with crashed planes and debris. The closest track now was not west, but a little southeast.
- Scotland : When the Nighters arrive in Scotland, recharging food and fuel, they could confirm the sun was indeed killing people, but also they allow three individuals to board. Here the WiFi that was disconnected is repaired.
- Alberta (Canada): Here, the Nighters had two primary goals, to find a radio that would allow them to communicate with other aircrafts and possible shelters, and to get rid of the three Britons, who were found to be war criminals. They did it, but in the middle of the plan they left Gabrielle behind. And still, one of the soldiers’ bullets hit one of the windows, and one of the soldiers managed to sneak into the part of the landing gear.
- Alaska (United States): At a small airport in the Aleutian Islands, the Nighters had two tasks: 1) to refuel the ship with fuel and food and 2) to repair the window, which was broken trying to kill the Briton on the landing gear flying to the highest possible altitude.
- Brussels (Belgium): The Nighters return to Brussels, where after the option of the underwater refuge in Hawaii is completely ruled out, the only hope is the refuge they spoke about in NATO when Terenzio heard them. Once in Brussels, Rik discovers the location of the refuge.
- Stara (Bulgaria): The trip from Brussels to Bulgaria was the riskiest of all, because it would involve traveling East and getting closer to the sun, instead of getting away. The other option was too risky, because going around the planet again, with the fuel degrading, would be completely unfeasible. Fortunately in Bulgaria they could find the refuge.
6 | What does the ending of Into the Night mean?
When they arrive in Bulgaria, the Nighters are divided into two groups: in GROUP 1 are Ayaz, Zara, Dominik, Horst, Jakub, Ines; in GROUP 2 are Sylvie, Terenzio, Rik, Mathieu, Laura, Osman. However, Group 1 falls behind when Ayaz, who had suffered a severe blow to the head, when Terenzio left him for dead, suffers a kind of seizure, and crashes the jeep.
Group 2 takes the correct route, reaching an electric gate that closes immediately as they cross. Osman, trying to stop the door, suffers an electric shock that leaves him unconscious, but alive. Sylvie makes the decision to leave Terenzio chained to the button that opens the door, leaving the key out of his reach, so that only when those from Group 1 pass, he can free himself.
What Sylvie does not count on is that Group 1 takes another route. Much of the tension at the end is to believe that Group 1 is doomed, by taking that other route. But missing a few minutes we realize that both routes eventually meet again in the underground refuge. So when the sun rises, all the Nighters are safe, except Terenzio, who in fact causing the blow to Ayaz, and causing his seizure, lost the opportunity to survive.
The Nighters arrive at the shelter where a group of US soldiers await them with the intention of seeking a solution. Here Sylvie finally manages to identify herself as the leader of the group, completely overcoming her idea of committing suicide.
7 | What is the message of the series in this first season?
The message is repeated several times during the series:
Whatever you have done, or has happened to you in the past does not define you, your actions in the present do.
Mathieu, Sylvie, Ayaz learn this lesson during the series’ journey, which is more than a geographical journey, for them it is a journey of self-discovery: Mathieu is more than an adulterer, who got a woman who was not his wife pregnant, he is a man who could withstand the pressure by safely bringing a group of people to a safe haven. Sylvie is not the widow of a man she died loving with all her soul, she is a leader who managed to keep the group assembled after the goal of survival. And Ayaz is not a pimp and smuggler, he is a man who cares about the safety of a sick child
Those who did not learn from their mistakes, such as the British soldiers, who despite having a second chance, continued with their murderous intentions, and Terenzio, who continued to provoke Ayaz, until attacking him and leaving him for dead, eventually find death. Just as these characters destroyed themselves by persisting in their misbehaviors, so we have a lesson to learn from our mistakes to avoid a similar fate.
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