Bother is, the central thriller of “The Rig” is hardly all that mysterious or unique. At its core, it is a Lovecraftian story of mankind digging into the deepest corners of the Earth and unleashing one thing that, in so many phrases, drives them mad. A personality falls off a tall scaffolding early within the first episode; he is all however lifeless with none actual medical help. That’s, till no matter pressure is within the fog will get into his bloodstream, and he is again to life, mysteriously healed and muttering portentous phrases like “One thing’s coming.” (Macpherson’s dialogue is efficient, however workmanlike, and options corny bon mots like that and “I haven’t got to guess; that is the wonderful thing about science.”)
That is the primary thematic thrust of “The Rig”—reflecting on the harm oil work wreaks on the planet and our sense of duty for it. Characters squabble over the feasibility of renewable vitality, and what it could do to their jobs; previous guys who simply need to put meals on the desk bicker with Millennial riggers who really feel caught with the invoice.
This notion bleeds by means of into the mechanism of the an infection and what it does to the organisms it takes over. That makes for some significantly grotesque physique horror, particularly because it rejects any inorganic materials within the host physique. False tooth ping out of mouths, heart-shaped tattoos bleed out to grotesque impact. “We f**okay the planet,” one rigger snaps, “after which we’re shocked when it f**ks us again.”
In these first episodes no less than, director John Strickland (“Line of Obligation”) ekes out a wholesome quantity of environment with what is definitely a small price range. Particularly putting is how he shoots the rig itself, cherry-pickers swinging and undulating the digicam across the spider-like scaffolding of the rig’s infrastructure. The present nonetheless seems to be low-cost within the extra brightly-lit widespread areas, and its visible results stumble a bit because of the price range (particularly within the extra green-screen-heavy exterior sequences). However the exteriors mine loads of manufacturing worth out of the situation, the loneliness of the oil rig coming out of the Atlantic, and the menace that would lurk round any nook, man or creature.