Black Snow: A powerful story of resilience

The new Australian drama on Stan tells the story of a 25-year-old cold case involving the murder of Isabelle on the night of her high school graduation. Travis Fimmel stars as the cold case detective tasked with solving the case, as they try to figure out why Isabelle was killed. The show is a gripping murder mystery with excellent performances from the cast, including a female lead detective and flashbacks to 25 years ago. Black snow revolves around the opening of a time capsule, which unearths painful memories for Isabelle’s friends. 

The talented cast includes Brooks Satchwell, Alexander England, Rob Carlton, Taleija Blackman Corowa, and Jemison Power. Toledo plays the young Isabelle, while Jameson plays her sister Hazel. The show was filmed around Proserpine in North Queensland.

The Murder Mystery

The storyline follows a Cold Case detective who is investigating a murder case that’s over 20 years old, where a young woman was killed. The show takes a slower pace and focuses on giving us details about the people who were in the young woman’s life at the time. The series alternates comparison between pre and post events.

Travis Fimmel portrays the detective James Cormack, who has a huge amount of empathy and a tortured soul that’s evident in his eyes. However, he comes across as more reserved and introspective than expected, which makes him an enigma. Talisha Blackman Caroa plays Isabelle, a bubbly and outgoing person who has to restrain herself due to her religiously strict household. This complexity adds dimension to her character and introduces doubt about who could be responsible for her death. While the detective’s reserved demeanor allows for more calm and probing questions, it also makes him seem more gentle and meek than expected, which may not be a bad thing.

Dark side of progress and prosperity

We are given the opportunity to witness some parts of Hazel’s life, such as why she is working in Brisbane while her daughter is living with her parents. The show delves into the identity of her daughter’s father, which is one of the aspects that contributes to the plot. The performances of the new characters are noteworthy. 

Although there are a few issues that the people has with the show, they are not related to the script, which they believe is sound. The mumbling of one of the actors might make it difficult to understand some parts of the show, so closed captions might be necessary. The ending was somewhat disappointing, particularly the way some loose ends were tied up, and certain relationship elements were not clear.

Viewers got particularly struck by Hazel’s daughter’s emotional investment in her late aunt Isabel, even though she never met her but must have heard a lot about her from her grandparents who raised her. While it’s a nitpicky issue, it is recommend to watch ‘Black Snow’ on Stan, a six-episode drama that tells an intriguing story of a cold case and its impact on a small community in North Queensland. The cast delivers some great performances, although some of the de-aging or re-aging effects on older actors might not be convincing.

Despite a few loose ends in the final episode, the overall story is worth checking out, as it brings to light a dark spot in Australia’s history, particularly the exploitation of Pacific Islander workers through a practice known as black birding. It’s an important topic to acknowledge and recognize.

A story of resilience and hope in the face of oppression and injustice

However, it is important to acknowledge that there are also many Pacific Islander people who have made Australia their home and contributed to making it the incredible country it is today. This is evident in the story of Isabelle and Hazel’s family, whose grandparents migrated from Vanuatu to settle in Australia. Isabelle and Hazel are the first generation of their family to be born in Australia, adding an extra layer of complexity to the story. The character of Female has an excellent backstory, making Black Snow a show worth watching and reflecting upon. 

Black Snow Ratings

Production Design7.5/10
Overall Rating7/10
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