Taboo Season One

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Set in 1814, thought to be dead adventurer, James Delaney makes his return to London after many disturbing years spent in Africa.  He is set to inherit his late father’s shipping company and a crucial piece of land coveted by the American government, British government, and East India Company. While only able to trust a select few, Delaney must traverse through multiple government agendas, a dysfunctional family dynamic, and his father’s tangled legacy.


I find it difficult to put in words how much I love this show.  Tom Hardy is one of my favorite actors and his performance as James Delaney was nothing short of astonishing.  The story is very layered and complex.  In fact, I have watched the first season three times and my appreciation continues to grow with each viewing.  I always catch a new detail that I missed previously.  It has a dark, violent, gritty, and mysterious vibe.  I wouldn’t recommend this as a “casual” watch. Turn the lights off, the volume up, no cell phone, and enjoy.  Season two has apparently been confirmed and I will just have to impatiently await the premier.  My rating is a strong 5/5.


As I was falling asleep last night, I was listening to music as I usually do.  Relaxing to the soothing sound of Avatar and their song New Land.  It reminded me of Taboo’s story and I wanted to bring a musical touch to my review.  If you haven’t listened to them, check out the music video.