Das Boot Season 1 Review & Comments

t bone

Well-known Member
While I enjoyed most of the series i I grew tired of the French resistant angle, As mentioned it would of done better not to be associated with the 1981 das boot i though They should have been much more action with the u boat crew which was cast well I didn't feel the claustrophobic nature of a Submarine and the tension that goes with being in a battle under the water. Having said that I guess it was something to watch.
 

Scotty Pro

Well-known Member
Went to watch this and it has been blocked by sky go. Seems they dropped a bollock when they advertised the complete season on box set and put it on Sky go as well, something to do with licensing. Just got off the phone with Tech support and they hope to have it fixed shortly.
 

Hampy1972

Well-known Member
Hey folks,

Finished the first 3 episodes, it is a bit of slog, needs more action really, The Greenwood character is interesting, wonder what he's about but lets see, I will stick with it, at least it's better than Supergirl...

Update: Finished finally and it was awesome, nicely left for season 2.
Strong ending, loved the Wrangel and Forester character.

:D :D :D :D :D
 
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Khankat

Active Member
I waited for this, eagerly anticipating what I hoped would be more of something along the lines of the original series. I got as far as the second episode.

It has its moments but, I simply cannot overlook, let alone forgive factual discrepancies - I cite two German officers discussing trying to starve out the sixty million inhabitants of the UK. There are now approximately sixty million UK citizens but, back in the time that this was set, there were only approximately forty seven million.

I also dislike intensely, the use of modern parlance in periods when it was not in use.

When such a lavish production cannot get its basic facts right, it spoils that which I have watched and has me looking for faults in further episodes, when instead, I should be enjoying the experience.

I am reminded of the latter stages of season three, I think it was, of Luther, a series I had not watched in its entirety, when those responsible for filming the arrival of a rather splendid Jensen automobile, decided in their infinite wisdom, to accompany the footage with the soundtrack of a rough, four cylinder diesel, rather than what should have been a large bore petrol powered V8.
 

Sonic67

Banned
If you want accuracy, the real U-612 operated in the Baltic not the Atlantic, never saw action and collided with another U-boat.

German submarine U-612 - Wikipedia

While still on trials in the Baltic U-612 was sunk in collision with U-444 on 6 August 1942. She was later salvaged and served as a training boat until the end of the war, when she was scuttled on 2 May 1945.

I know someone will say, "it's just a series etc" but why not base a story on actual reality. There's plenty of it to choose from.
 
There are now approximately sixty million UK citizens but, back in the time that this was set, there were only approximately forty seven million.
Wow. That matters?

I understand not accepting it being rubbish but I personally can't fathom why that matters. The sentiment of the conversation remains.
 

Khankat

Active Member
Wow. That matters?

I understand not accepting it being rubbish but I personally can't fathom why that matters. The sentiment of the conversation remains.
Yes, it does matter. It matters because starvation of the UK would have been that much easier and quicker to achieve, had it had a population of of sixty million.
 

nheather

Distinguished Member
Just watched episode one and am enjoying it so far.

Interesting the comments about making it more inclusive, more female characters. Clearly there is one of the main characters but not sure how this is going to pan out

”We need more female characters, that’s what the industry is demanding”
“But it’s set in a submarine in the middle of the Atlantic”
“Sorry the industry is demanding it not me”
“I suppose we could set it in La Rochelle so their would be town scenes”
“Excellent, so what female characters, could we have”
“Well French resistence I guess, we could dress them in berets, mackintoshes, and white ankle socks then everyone except the Germans will know who they are - I will say zis only once”
“Great what else”
“A nurse maybe”
“Okay, still not a lot though”
“What about prostitutes, loads of them”
“Fantastic, then we can do loads of fudging and boob shots”
“Right I’ll get on it, tell you what, I throw in a prolonged and gratuitous scene of the nurse soaping up her tits”
“This sounds great, we’re likely to win awards for our attention to equality and inclusion”

Cheers,

Nigel
 

ani4ani

Active Member
Yes, it does matter. It matters because starvation of the UK would have been that much easier and quicker to achieve, had it had a population of of sixty million.
....so your facts are right, but who is to say the conversation wasn’t also accurate in that this is what was believed by the protagonists...not forgetting the UK indigenous population was swelled by nearly 3M at times during the war....I would also say the script wouldn’t have had the same impact if it were to have been “....starving 47.76 million brits according to the latest census....” but I guess it would have been accurate!
 

Rockets

Active Member
It's a bit silly taking anything from a drama entertainment series as being factually accurate.

If you want that watch documentary's. Though there are many documentary's which are just plain not factual which yes complain about them.

I did enjoy the series. You could argue there wasn't enough action. My feeling on this it makes a nice change from so much just doing action for the sake of it.

I actually found the last episode a bit desperate and perhaps not planed through well enough.
 

wolfie138

Active Member
i thought it was ok, some of the elements seemed thrown in for effect, some of it seemed a bit contrived. didn't seem to add much if anything to the sub genre, i got the feeling that i'd seen everything before, several times and quite often better.
passed a few hours and don't begrudge watching it, but i doubt i'll be there for season 2.
 

nheather

Distinguished Member
Having seen all episodes, this is what I thought.

Overall I enjoyed it as a war film, but it disappointed as a submarine film to the extent that calling it Das Boot was a little misleading. The submarine-based parts seemed a side story, barely related to the main plot, the only join being Simone’s brother was in board. The scenes on board the submarine lacked the claustrophobia and the hardships as the patrol progressed that was so well conveyed in the original. And overall the submarine storylines were a little silly. So an enjoyable enough war film but that fact that you could have done away with the Submarine altogether without any change to the main story makes it not really deserving of the Das Boot title.

Cheers,

Nigel
 

mtenga

Distinguished Member
Not having Sky Atlantic I had to wait for the blu and just finished it. As said this was not so much the claustrophobic tension of the original sub based story but I enjoyed the land bits as much. The ending was not that surprising but welcomed since it sets up season 2 nicely. Gritty show that pulled no punches.
 

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