Lately, I’ve found myself scrolling through Netflix without much of a purpose. I always look at the horror categories because you never know what’ll catch your eye. Well, a show called Immortals did just that. A Turkish show, originally called Yasamayanlar, Immortals is about vampires in Istanbul.
What’s it about?
Immortals follows Mia, a 200 year old vampire who travels to Istanbul, Turkey, to find and kill Dmitry, her maker and the most powerful vampire in the city. As the days pass, she meets various interesting humans and vampires alike all in order to unravel the mystery of her past as well as stop the apocalypse.
What did I think?
This show is a gorgeous specimen of vampire lore. The visuals are captivating, dark and morbid. The vampires are all beautiful, but more in a badass Underworld way as opposed to The Vampire Diaries. They’re more gruff, which I’m a big fan of.
I was emotionally invested from the beginning. The first scene takes place in the 1800s. Mia and a mysterious man are both trapped in a dungeon when the guard comes in to kill Mia. The last thing she remembers is Dmitry standing over her, a smirk on his face. Cut to present day Istanbul and Mia with vengeance in her heart. I fell in love with her in minutes.
The flashbacks overall are very well done. We often see more and more of Mia in the dungeon with the man she grew to love dearly. We learn more and more about how she was changed into a vampire. They often show the same scene, but usually after you’ve learned something new, so it sheds new light on it. Much better than other shows, which show the same scene over and over for no good reason (*cough* Dead to Me *cough*).
The story was definitely a bit rushed. There are only 8 episodes in the entire series, and they fit a lot of story in. This show could have done really well over a couple of seasons. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but I have a lot of questions about how certain things developed, because it seems like they just happened overnight.
Overall, the show was fantastic. There were a few points of contention, which I can’t really bring up without spoiling the ending, but I was captivated from episode one and binged the entire show in a day.
Do I recommend it?
Oh, yes I do. I give the show a solid 8/10. You can find Immortals on Netflix in the original Turkish or dubbed in English.