Aquaman Jason Momoa Swaps Fish For Fur In ‘Frontier,’ Netflix’s Violent Look At The Fur Trade
By Ricky Derisz
Jason Momoa is now a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, having landed the part of aquatic superhero Aquaman, with an imminent appearance in this year’s Justice League. But before he splashed into the big time, started talking to fish and waded through H20 topless, the actor made a name for himself on the small screen.
Having built his reputation from appearances in shows such as Stargate Atlantis and Game of Thrones, Momoa will return to his TV-roots for the leading role in Frontier, an upcoming Netflix original that paints an authentic and gory picture of the 18th Century Canadian fur trade, and the struggle between Native tribes and Europeans.
While it’s pleasing to see the 37-year-old land a stylish, big-budget role as Aquaman, #Frontier provides the perfect backdrop to elevate #JasonMomoa to his intimidating best. He stars as Declan Harp, a half-Irish, half-Native American outlaw who turns against Canadian fur traders, Hudson Bay Company, in an attempt to shatter their monopoly over the industry.
'Frontier’ Could Be Momoa’s Most Brutal Role
This is not for the faint-hearted; the fight for control of the lucrative trade resulted in relentless violence, negotiation in the form of hatchet fights (as gruesome as they sound), and oceans of spilled blood. As the ruthless protagonist, Harp resorts to vicious means to aid his one-man-war against fur traders in the American Frontier.
Having been co-produced by Discovery Channel Canada and #Netflix, the series was originally aired on the former network late last year, before its international release on Netflix later this month. Check out the action-packed trailer below:
Although the non-stop conveyor belt of TV shows is dizzying, Frontier is staking a claim for a binge-worthy winter choice. The role of Harp is suited to Momoa’s physicality and sneering savagery; qualities he displayed in abundance with his portrayal of Dothraki warrior Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones.
Plus, the show is easily digestible — with only six episodes — and it was shot in gloriously detailed 4K. What’s not to like?
Delicately Handling Real Life Events
It’s important to remember that Frontier is draped in history, the hunt for materials to make luxury clothing splitting apart indigenous communities and having a serious and lasting impact on many lives.
Crucially, the show has been praised for delicately handling the interaction with natives and depicting the “cutthroat” business for what it truly is — shown from various perspectives. Consequently, Frontier could be one of the most action-heavy, murderously entertaining binges for the dark winter nights.
Just avoid if you don’t like the sight of blood.
Frontieris released on Netflix on January 20, 2017.
August squatted to get a better look at the miniatures in the Roman diorama. “Gaius Octavius..,” he mumbled to himself right after he saw the miniature of Octavius. “..Augustus Caesar.” He sighed at the thought of his parents naming him after a Roman general. August got up and moved on to the Wild West diorama. There,he saw the miniature of Jedediah Smith. August had forgotten what Smith was famous for. In fact,his knowledge in American history was bad as he had originated from Italy.
was a hunter, trapper, fur trader, trailblazer, author, cartographer, and explorer of the Rocky Mountains,” came a man’s voice from behind him. August turned around and the first thing he saw was a pair of shiny blue eyes. A blond man around his age was grinning at the sight of the diorama. “I just said what was written on Wikipedia. Funny thing is,my mom named me Jedediah after him as well,” he laughed.
All Stiles wanted to do was set out on his own, just him and Scott. But Scott met the girl of his dreams and got them both mixed up with the special brand of crazy that was the fur-trapping Argent Trading Company. The last thing Stiles expected on the journey into the wilderness was to find out that the Argents weren’t crazy after all, that the wolf-spirits his mom taught him about as a child were real, or that he’d fall in love with one.
According to the author’s notes “coureurs de bois” translates to “wolf runners.” They were fur traders who went deep into the Canadian wilderness hunting animals for fur and trading with the indigenous people.
And then there were the “
voyageurs” (travelers) who were explorers, charting the land and discovering new territory.
I love it when I learn something new! And I love it even more when it’s from a good fic.
This one has all my favorite things: history lessons, slow burn, feral Derek, full shift werewolves, angst, Scott being a bad friend.
The writing is lovely and she fits all the characters into this time in history seamlessly. No one is out of character, but they fit right into the New World era.
Walk in the footsteps of fur traders and the Grand Portage Ojibwe at Grand Portage National Monument, located on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota next to the Canadian border. The 8.5-mile Grand Portage Trail winds through history and beautiful scenery like forests and meadows. After hiking through a downpour, photographer Travis Novitsky says, “The gorgeous sunset over the beaver meadow made it all worthwhile!” Photo courtesy of Travis Novitsky.
“Dubuque is Iowa’s oldest city and is among the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi River. The first permanent settler to the area was French-Canadian fur trader Julien Dubuque. When he arrived in 1785, the Mesquakie (Fox) Indians occupied the region which included an abundant amount of lead mines. Knowing lead’s importance to Europeans, the Mesquakie kept the locations of the mines a secret. But Julien Dubuque developed close relationships with the Mesquakie while trading fur and the Mesquakie informed him of the region’s wealth of lead deposits. Working together to mine the lead with the Mesquakie, Julien Dubuque was eventually given control of the mines, which he named the Mines of Spain ,and successfully operated until his death in 1810. On June 1, 1833, the land Julien Dubuque had worked so hard to develop was opened up for settlement by the United States Government under the Black Hawk Purchase Treaty and came to be known as the city of Dubuque when it was chartered in 1837.”
Nash was one of the stunt coordinators for “Jane Got a Gun” and has a small
part as a fur trader, he did not double for Joel as he often has in other films. As Joel explains:
“Nash is not a horse guy. He’s exceptionally
good at almost everything else: cars, and crashing them and falling and setting
himself on fire and all kinds of weird shit that I can’t relate to. I love horses. I started riding a horse when I was ten years
old so I’m not really worried about them…I love them.”
If I were to make a disney native movie I wouldn’t have gone pocahontas.
I would have made something entirely new.
The focus would be on a lone Lenape woman displaced in the late 1700s who meets a french fur trader (so white ppl can relate to one character) and have them build a new life among the three fires (Confederacy made up of Potawatomi, Odawa and Ojibwe.) For comedy I would add 3 characters and call them Keeper, Trade and Faith modeled on the Potawatomi, Odawa and Ojibwe.