Still more successful is the Victorian drama of ideas, in which Cora and a talented, enthusiastic, arrogant young surgeon stand up for Luke (a brilliant Frank Dylan), Darwin and Freud, and God is represented by Will (Tom Hiddleston). And the rational local disorder that emphasizes the snake as a product of the villagers’ imagination but begins to doubt.
And then there’s the related love story, which you’ll remove from “The Essex Serpent”, not because it’s too sexy or interesting but because it’s hard for the actors involved to take your eyes off it. Unmarried Luke and married Will (whose wife, Clemens Poes played, would be unusually close) are both linked to Cora, while she is still tainted by her marriage, struggling to find a way to react. With envy, tragic endurance and entertaining performances of shattered crockery, passions play out in the village and posh London atmosphere.
As always with Dennis, there is no question why the men in the story are so attracted to his character – Kora’s intelligence and the depth of liveliness and emotion that jumps into you, is present in every movement and change of expression. When she arrives on shore, she is the power of nature, her powerful curiosity is finally free to follow her lead, the show captures when she reaches the ground without hesitation to help a stranger – is free. Trapped sheep.
Dilen, who plays Nick Clark, the heroine addict in “Fear the Walking Dead,” is a play by Dennis in the form of a kilo but sensitive Luke, who strikes the right mix of anger and love. Hiddleston, taking a break from his duties in the Marvel universe, is perfectly fine but slightly harder and softer; That’s probably because Will is portrayed as a stick figure who mediates between empty and suspicious, angry villagers.
The director, Cleo Bernard, and his cinematographer, David Redecker, make good use of the tortured, submerged topography of the Essex coast; The show’s early shots, floating above the otherworldly landscape, turn it into a living thing that the creature thought was haunting it. And the story, under lead author Anna Simon, is of interest to you because Claire’s determined but “voice of reason” effort to bring to the villagers turns her, their minds, and perhaps ours, into a monster.