The Rig Season 1 Review – a mysterious thrill-ride worthy of a binge

January 1, 2023 (Last updated: 4 weeks ago)
Ricky Valero 1
Amazon Prime, Streaming Service, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

While The Rig fails to connect you to the characters emotionally, the mysterious fog/creature keeps you invested throughout the six episodes.

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3.5

Summary

While The Rig fails to connect you to the characters emotionally, the mysterious fog/creature keeps you invested throughout the six episodes.


We review the Prime Video series The Rig season 1, which does not contain spoilers.

The Rig was created by David Macpherson and stars some familiar faces in Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) and Iain Glen (Game of Thrones). Is the six-episode series worth checking out? Let’s dive in.

The Rig season 1 review and plot summary

The Rig follows the story of workers on an oil rig who are on the verge of returning home, but a weird fog appears, and a supernatural force takes hold of them.

As the first episode begins, we get the lay of the land with some of the personalities onboard the rig. Shortly after that, we meet Magnus, who is on the phone trying to get their marching orders as they get ready to head to the mainland. However, in the middle of the conversation, the call connection drops, and he misses the final things trying to be said. Magnus informs the crew that their arrival home has been delayed a bit and that they will have to stay on the rig for a little longer.

As they are waiting to head into the mainland, this weird fog begins to overcome the rig, and strange things start to happen. Then, after one man dies, Hutton starts to cause mass chaos, including outing Magnus and the company’s plans to ditch the rigs. Things continue to get weirder and weirder as people start to drop like flies or get sick. Everyone begins to wonder what in the world is happening.

One thing I loved about the writing was the story of these characters. You had your higher characters that were more in that “lead role,” but every side character felt like they had a purpose in the bigger picture. That said, it was a little bit of a downside for the overall series. I say this because you didn’t have anything to invest emotionally into these characters. Sure, we don’t want anyone to die, but outside of loudmouth Coake, who I was rooting to see bite the bullet, I struggled to cling to them. I wanted to care more about the people on the rig.

Look, I am not one that typically loves these supernatural styles of movies/shows. However, the writing team did a great job building this slow and methodical story that kept you guessing what was happening on the rig. Of course, we know it’s the fog and some type of supernatural thing taking hold of everything, but the when and the how were structurally built that had a great payoff.

Is The Rig series any good?

The big question is, is the series any good? Yes, but temper your expectations. The Rig isn’t groundbreaking or anything that will blow you out of the water. While some aspects of the story were predictable, I was still invested in seeing how the entire thing would resolve. Another thing that makes it worth watching is how easy it is to binge. You have six 40-50 minute episodes making it a one or two-sitting watch (depending on how you binge).

Overall, The Rig does many things right while doing some things wrong. It lacks a strong foundation for any emotional connection, but the writing of this “mysterious creature” keeps you invested. Also, Iain Glen and Emily Hampshire do a great job of leading the series into a relevance that makes this mysterious thriller watchable. It’s definitely worth checking out.

What did you think of the Prime Video series The Rig season 1? Comment below.

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1 thought on “The Rig Season 1 Review – a mysterious thrill-ride worthy of a binge

  • January 8, 2023 at 8:49 pm
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    I completely disagree. This was a series I couldn’t stop watching. I loved the characters and found the plot thrilling. I would definitely look forward to binging another season, as I did this one! Please give us more!

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