Skip to main content
The Globe and Mail
Support Quality Journalism.
The Globe and Mail
First Access to Latest
Investment News
Collection of curated
e-books and guides
Inform your decisions via
Globe Investor Tools
Just$1.99
per week
for first 24 weeks

Enjoy unlimited digital access
Enjoy Unlimited Digital Access
Get full access to globeandmail.com
Just $1.99 per week for the first 24 weeks
Just $1.99 per week for the first 24 weeks
var select={root:".js-sub-pencil",control:".js-sub-pencil-control",open:"o-sub-pencil--open",closed:"o-sub-pencil--closed"},dom={},allowExpand=!0;function pencilInit(o){var e=arguments.length>1&&void 0!==arguments[1]&&arguments[1];select.root=o,dom.root=document.querySelector(select.root),dom.root&&(dom.control=document.querySelector(select.control),dom.control.addEventListener("click",onToggleClicked),setPanelState(e),window.addEventListener("scroll",onWindowScroll),dom.root.removeAttribute("hidden"))}function isPanelOpen(){return dom.root.classList.contains(select.open)}function setPanelState(o){dom.root.classList[o?"add":"remove"](select.open),dom.root.classList[o?"remove":"add"](select.closed),dom.control.setAttribute("aria-expanded",o)}function onToggleClicked(){var l=!isPanelOpen();setPanelState(l)}function onWindowScroll(){window.requestAnimationFrame(function() {var l=isPanelOpen(),n=0===(document.body.scrollTop||document.documentElement.scrollTop);n||l||!allowExpand?n&&l&&(allowExpand=!0,setPanelState(!1)):(allowExpand=!1,setPanelState(!0))});}pencilInit(".js-sub-pencil",!1); // via darwin-bg var slideIndex = 0; carousel(); function carousel() { var i; var x = document.getElementsByClassName("subs_valueprop"); for (i = 0; i < x.length; i++) { x[i].style.display = "none"; } slideIndex++; if (slideIndex> x.length) { slideIndex = 1; } x[slideIndex - 1].style.display = "block"; setTimeout(carousel, 2500); } //

Indoors much? Aren’t we all? One degree Celsius and overcast outside? It would make you wonder about life. But it could be worse. Oh yes it could. Here are three thrillers about people in extraordinary, dangerous circumstances to distract you.

Condor (Super Channel on demand) didn’t get tons of attention when it first landed two years ago. In the United States it was made for AT&T Audience Network, and not widely available. In Canada it landed on Super Channel and the first season is an excellent, thrilling binge-watch. Derived from the 1975 film and 1974 James Grady novel Three Days of the Condor, it’s a conspiracy drama that starts slowly and then moves at a blistering pace. Max Irons plays central figure Joe Turner, a CIA employee unsure about the moral rightness of his work, but thrown into a crisis that’s partly of his own making. There might be a terrorist on the loose who plans to release a plague-like substance in a huge football stadium, killing thousands of Americans.

Binge-watching guide: The recent shows you need to catch up on, all available to stream

Is this a real threat or a setup to undermine the Agency? Is the Agency itself being undermined from inside? Joe knows too much, but he’s an analyst not an action-guy. When a near-bloodbath happens, he goes on the run. There’s an excellent cast here. Irons (son of Jeremy Irons) is great as the guy who must use his wits, not guns, bombs and gadgets. William Hurt is in superb form as Joe’s uncle and mentor and Bob Balaban stands out as one of those seemingly meek but sinister figures in the complicated conspiracy plot. The first season runs 10 episodes and the second has begun running weekly on Super Channel.

Story continues below advertisement

The Minions of Midas (Netflix) is a six-episode (Spanish with English subtitles) mystery-thriller that is more mood and texture than action-filled. Loosely based on a Jack London short story, it is set in a contemporary Spain with rising social tensions. Businessman Victor Genoves (Luis Tosar), heads the Malvar Group, a media empire. He inherited it from the empire’s founder, and isn’t sure why. He gets a note from an organization called The Minions of Midas, demanding that he pay a large sum, or a person will be killed at random, and the killings will continue until he pays up. He ignores it.

Luis Tosar stars as Victor Genoves in the Netflix thriller The Minions of Midas.

Netflix

At the same time, a young journalist from a Malvar paper has a scoop about a Spanish bank involved in corruption. The bank keeps Malvar afloat but Victor publishes it. Then, a person is killed precisely as the Midas group threatened. The storyline becomes one about corruption, politics and a rising tide of populist rage. A slow-burner and very much about Europe now.

To The Lake (Netflix), which I’ve mentioned in passing is a brace-yourself before you embrace-it experience because this Russian series (with English subtitles) is about a society coming apart as an airborne disease spreads. It arrived on Netflix last month and has quickly become a cult hit. You feel you’re watching something that was uncannily prescient about a COVID-type affliction on society. Stunning in the visuals, it is rooted in a small family but with big implications. It opens with suggestions of doom in Moscow as many people become ill. Soon, everyone’s wearing a mask. There is quarantine and isolation. Then things get worse as military figures go rogue and rampage. Then, the meat of the series is a long and dangerous road trip to a place that might be safe.

At the heart is Sergey (Kirill Karo), a decent man in love with his wife Anna (Viktoriya Isakova) and caring about her son, Misha (Eldar Kalimulin), who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Sergey’s main problem in life is his ex, Irina (Maryana Spivak), who now loathes him. Then there is the boorish oligarch-type Lyonya (Aleksandr Robak), who with his pregnant wife Marina (Gilli Messer), a former stripper, tries to cope with his tearaway daughter Polina (Viktoriya Agalakova). Polina is a great creation, an absolute nightmare of ticked-off teen rebellion. They all know each other, but not that well and the tensions only mount as they try to get to safety, facing terrible danger on the way. Few series have captured the sense of dread that an airborne disease can inflict, and the wintry setting will ring true for Canadians.

Plan your screen time with the weekly What to Watch newsletter. Sign up today.

Your Globe

Build your personal news feed

  1. Follow topics and authors relevant to your reading interests.
  2. Check your Following feed daily, and never miss an article. Access your Following feed from your account menu at the top right corner of every page.

Follow the author of this article:

Follow topics related to this article:

View more suggestions in Following Read more about following topics and authors
Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

If you do not see your comment posted immediately, it is being reviewed by the moderation team and may appear shortly, generally within an hour.

We aim to have all comments reviewed in a timely manner.

Comments that violate our community guidelines will not be posted.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies