We’ve barely even begun to tabulate our list of the best TV of 2016 and 2017 already seems to be muscling in on the action. First-quarter premieres were, at one time, reserved for series that looked to be duds, shows that looked good on paper but just didn’t come together in execution. In this, TV is very similar to the movie industry. This notion, however, has changed in the last few years. The fact that Taboo, FX’s mysterious historical drama, will be premiering less than two weeks into the new year alone suggests a breaking with that not-so-beloved tradition of dumping the proverbial garbage in the first few months.
To be fair, I haven’t seen a single episode of Taboo yet but the trailers for the series absolutely seethe with menace, anger, and madness, three elements that tend to make for good or even great television. The fact that the series is led by the inimitable Tom Hardy, who looks to be in fine, fighting form, speaks highly to the production, which is overseen by Ridley Scott and Steve Knight. Colonization, person trauma, grief, guilt, and unrepentant, unyielding violence and horror all seem to be essential to the narrative, and it’s easy to see flecks of story and plot in the latest set of promotional trailers for the series, which you can take a look at below. All four of the trailers offer hints, but none give away the shop, so to speak, which makes it even harder to bear the impatience to see what Taboo is really all about.
Here are the new trailers for Taboo:
Here’s the official synopsis for Taboo:
Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed long dead, he returns to London from Africa in 1814 to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire. But when this legacy is revealed to be a poisoned chalice, with enemies in every dark corner, James must navigate complex territories to avoid his own death sentence.