Into the Night (TV series)

Into the Night is a Belgian apocalyptic sci-fi drama thriller streaming television series created by Jason George, inspired by the 2015 Polish science fiction novel The Old Axolotl by Jacek Dukaj.[1][2] The series premiered on Netflix on May 1, 2020.[3] It is Netflix's first Belgian original series.[4] On July 1, 2020, the series was renewed by Netflix for a second season.[5] The second season premiered on September 8, 2021, while a Turkish language submarine-set spin-off, Yakamoz S-245, was released on April 20, 2022.[6]

Into the Night
Poster for Netflix series Into the Night.png
Promotional release poster
Genre
Based onThe Old Axolotl
by Jacek Dukaj
Developed byJason George
Starring
ComposerPhotek
Country of originBelgium
Original languages
  • French
  • Polish
  • Turkish
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • English
  • Dutch
  • Arabic
  • Spanish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time35–40 minutes
Production companyEntre Chien et Loup
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01) –
present (present)
Chronology
RelatedYakamoz S-245 (spin-off series)

PremiseEdit

The first season follows a group of people whose plane is hijacked while they are on board a red-eye flight from Brussels. Terenzio (Cassetti), the hijacker, is an Italian NATO soldier. He forces his way onto the commercial aircraft and demands an early take-off.[7] The handful of people in the aircraft now become some of the survivors from a deadly global event caused by exposure to sunlight.[8] The plane heads west in an attempt to survive this catastrophe that kills all living organisms during daylight hours. The group – led by Mathieu (Capelluto), the pilot, and Sylvie (Pauline Étienne), a passenger – must work together to keep the sun behind them.[9] The group must deal with fuel shortage, irradiated food, hidden agendas, and other problems in their race to reach an underground military bunker.[9]

In the second season, the remaining survivors secure their path to a NATO bunker, where they seek refuge from the deadly rays of the sun. Continuing their quest of survival with the military members in the bunker, they attempt to manage a burgeoning conflict and find a solution to the diminished supply of resources.

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • Pauline Etienne as Sylvie Bridgette Dubois, a former military helicopter pilot.
  • Laurent Capelluto as Mathieu Daniel Douek, an airline co-pilot.
  • Stefano Cassetti as Terenzio Matteo Gallo, an Italian NATO officer. (season 1; guest season 2)
  • Mehmet Kurtuluş as Ayaz Kobanbay, a mysterious Turkish man.
  • Babetida Sadjo as Laura Djalo, a home health nurse.
  • Jan Bijvoet as Richard "Rik" Mertens, a security guard. (season 1–2)
  • Ksawery Szlenkier as Jakub Kieslowski, a mechanic.
  • Vincent Londez as Horst Baudin, a climate scientist.
  • Regina Bikkinina as Zara Oblonskaya, a Russian mother who has a sick son, Dominik. (seasons 1–2)
  • Alba Gaïa Bellugi as Ines Mélanie Ricci, a digital influencer and internet celebrity.
  • Nabil Mallat as Osman Azizi, a Moroccan airport cleaner.
  • Nicolas Alechine as Dominik Oblonsky, the sick son of Zara. (seasons 1–2)
  • Astrid Whettnall as Gabrielle Renoir, a flight attendant. (season 1)
  • Émilie Caen as Théa Bisset (season 2)
  • Dennis Mojen as Cpt. Markus Müller (season 2)

OthersEdit

  • Borys Szyc as a Polish soldier (guest seasons 1–2).
  • James McElvar as Freddie D. Green, a British soldier (recurring season 1).
  • Edwin Thomas as Roger Waters, a British soldier (recurring season 1).
  • Robbie Nock as John Morris, a British soldier (recurring season 1).
  • Mihail Mutafov as Mr. Volkov, a patient with dementia in the care of Laura (recurring season 1).
  • Laura Sépul as Chlóe (recurring season 1)
  • Yassine Fadel as Nabil (recurring season 1)
  • Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ as Arman / Turkish researcher (guest season 2)

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
16May 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)
26September 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)

Season 1 (2020)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Sylvie"Inti Calfat and Dirk VerheyeJason GeorgeMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)
Passengers gather at Brussels Airport for a red-eye flight to Moscow. Televisions broadcast live images of people sprawled on the ground at a sporting event in day-time Melbourne. A frantic NATO officer (Terenzio) snatches a rifle and forces his way onto the plane, which has just begun boarding. He demands that the co-pilot (Mathieu) take off heading west immediately, shooting him in the hand and damaging the radio. With the captain and a flight attendant still in the airport, Sylvie, an ex-military helicopter pilot, volunteers to assist and they take off towards Iceland. Terenzio explains that daylight is killing all living beings as it moves around the earth. Laura, a care home worker, tends to Mathieu's wound. A passenger appears to fall ill as Ayaz disarms Terenzio. The plane closes on Keflavík International Airport, but finds it in chaos and Mathieu decides to turn back and land at RAF Kinloss, Scotland. Upon landing at the apparently deserted base, the passengers' phones show news reports validating Terenzio's claims. Three RAF servicemen drive up to the plane.
22"Jakub"Inti Calfat and Dirk VerheyeJason GeorgeMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)
A flashback shows Jakub, an engineer, at home with his wife. The distressed passenger dies while the soldiers warn that they must fly west and follow the night. A mother, Zara, expresses disbelief at the situation and must be forced onto the plane with son Dominik (awaiting an operation in Moscow for cystic fibrosis) before takeoff towards Canada. Sylvie reveals to Jakub that she had intended to commit suicide after this flight due to the death of her boyfriend and galvanises him. Internet access is restored to the plane. Horst hypothesises that there has been a burst of highly ionising gamma rays from the sun, met with religious arguments from Rik. Ayaz discovers that the British soldiers were facing court martial for rape and murder, and alerts Sylvie. Upon landing in Canada, Mathieu sends the soldiers into town to search for a replacement radio, and they insist on Jakub and flight attendant Gabrielle accompanying them. Jakub attempts to lock the soldiers in a storeroom and return to the plane with Gabrielle, but must leave her stranded as she mistook Jakub's actions as being malevolent and refused to leave with him. The plane takes off with Jakub aboard as the soldiers chase it down the runway, shooting and cracking a window.
33"Mathieu"Inti Calfat and Dirk VerheyeJason GeorgeMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)
In a flashback, Mathieu is shown to be unfaithful to his wife. Terenzio demands Mathieu stop making unilateral decisions, as others defend the captain. An American pilot on the radio talks of a safe haven in Hawaii. Rik joins the calls for democracy onboard. Electronic malfunctions lead Mathieu to suspect one of the soldiers is stowed away in the landing gear. In response he moves to a higher altitude, but must descend again after the damaged window blows out. Ayaz, Terenzio and Jakub descend towards the undercarriage and Ayaz saves Terenzio by killing the soldier. Laura persuades Mathieu to fly lower than ideal for the benefit of Dominik. Osman, an airline employee, reveals that Ayaz cut a bag of gemstones out of the stomach of the first deceased passenger as he was buried. He admits he paid the man to smuggle the stones. The passengers discuss Ayaz's culpability for the death and he is handcuffed in the avionics bay.
44"Ayaz"Inti Calfat and Dirk VerheyeJason GeorgeMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)
In a flashback, Ayaz brutally beats a man threatening to sue him over the conduct of one of his prostitutes. Upon landing in Alaska, the group holds an impromptu trial of Ayaz, during which Terenzio defended him, and decides he may remain as a passenger on the flight back to Brussels after Terenzio reveals the rumored existence of a NATO shelter. Horst suggests that the radiation from the sun has rendered fresh food not only tasteless but also nutritionally worthless. Mathieu confesses to Sylvie an affair with the flight attendant left behind in Brussels. Mathieu appears to suffer a breakdown and is removed from the cockpit to rest. A cryptic transmission from a Russian cosmonaut is heard over the radio. Ines discovers that the Hawaii safe haven was never completed and is not a viable option for survival. Mathieu collapses in the toilet and Laura concludes his wound has gone septic, expressing an urgent need to amputate the infected tissue. Sylvie lands the plane in Brussels with only the instructions of a YouTube video read by Jacob. Horst hypothesizes that the radiation has also rendered the jet fuel they refueled with in Alaska, and likely any future jet fuel they find, largely unusable.
55"Rik"Inti Calfat and Dirk VerheyeJason GeorgeMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)
A flashback shows Rik conversing with a Russian online dating scam artist in joyful naivety. Jakub and Osman locate unaffected fuel for a few hundred miles of flight and refill the aircraft's tanks. Laura, Horst and Zara take Mathieu and Dominik to a nearby hospital in order to operate on the captain and gather medical supplies. Laura successfully amputates Mathieu's infected tissue. Dominik is startled by an animal that has survived the disaster. Meanwhile, Terenzio, Ayaz and Rik enter NATO headquarters to find more information on the shelter. While Rik discovers the approximate coordinates of a bunker under a dam in Bulgaria by reviewing CCTV records, Terenzio and Ayaz come to blows in the conference room after being taunted by Terenzio. Terenzio leaves Ayaz for dead, which was seen by Rik, claiming to the others that Ayaz decided to make his own way back to the plane. Sylvie visits her home, where she intends to die next to her boyfriend's ashes, but is persuaded to return by Jakub after they share a confused kiss. As the plane prepares for takeoff to Bulgaria, a badly injured Ayaz drives onto the runway.
66"Terenzio"Inti Calfat and Dirk VerheyeJason GeorgeMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)
Terenzio wakes handcuffed in the avionics bay, where he has been banished by the passengers. Rik reconciles with Ayaz over leaving him in the NATO headquarters. The passengers discuss the time pressure they will face upon landing in Bulgaria, and decide to take Terenzio with them. Upon landing, they race to the bunker in two Jeeps. The first group arrives at the compound and finds the gate must be held open for the second Jeep. Terenzio volunteers to stay behind seeking redemption while the others search for the bunker. Sylvie handcuffs him to the gate controls to ensure his word is kept, intending for him to be freed by the second group when they come through. Ayaz, suffering from a head injury in the fight with Terenzio, crashes the Jeep and the group proceeds on foot. They take a wrong turn and reach a different gate. The first group finds the bunker entrance and break it open, descending the tunnel inside while Sylvie waits for the others, who arrive shortly. Unable to free himself from the handcuffs, Terenzio watches the sun rise and succumbs to its rays. The second group find Sylvie and enter the bunker together. They are met by the commanding officer, who tells Sylvie the problem of the sun can be solved with their help.

Season 2 (2021)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
71"Zara"Nabil Ben YadirJason GeorgeSeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)
At the new settlement, the survivors adapt to their lives in the bunker and communicate with other survivors on how to stop the sun. A fire caused by Ines and one of the soldiers, Heremans, destroys most of the food supply, so Sylvie, Jakub, Mathieu, Ayaz, Osman, and one of the NATO officers are tasked to fly to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, but Sylvie delays, concerned at the soldiers' possible reaction when they find Terenzio at the entrance. The Colonel suspects that Sylvie is hiding something. While Dominik is chasing a rat for an experiment, Zara stops him and both of them are accidentally trapped in the generator room in the process. Sylvie and Jakub leave to get a blowtorch from the plane to open the generator room door, but they find the plane has been destroyed, seemingly by a missile. In a flashback, Zara, then a waitress, bumps into her married lover at a restaurant and tells him that their son, Dominik, requires an expensive surgery. He promises to come in the evening, however his wife comes to her doorstep instead to tell them that she and Dominik will not receive any money from their family.
82"Laura"Nabil Ben YadirJason GeorgeSeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)
93"Ines"Camille DelamarreJason GeorgeSeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)
104"Gia"Nabil Ben YadirJason GeorgeSeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)
115"Théa"Camille DelamarreJason GeorgeSeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)
126"Asil"Camille DelamarreJason GeorgeSeptember 8, 2021 (2021-09-08)

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On September 3, 2019, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a 6-episode first season.[4] The series is created by Jason George who is also credited as an executive producer of the series alongside, D.J. Talbot, Tomek Baginski and Jacek Dukaj. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Entre chien et loup.[4] On July 1, 2020, the series was renewed by Netflix for a second season,[5] which premiered on September 8, 2021.[10]

CastingEdit

On September 30, 2019 it was confirmed that Mehmet Kurtuluş, Astrid Whettnall, Pauline Etienne, Bebetida Sadjo, Laurent Capelluto, Alba Bellugi, Nabil Mallat, Regina Bikkinina, Vincent Londez, Jan Bijvoet, Stefano Cassetti, Ksawery Szlenkier, Yassine Fadel, Laura Sepul and Nicolas Aleshine had been cast in the series.[11]

ReleaseEdit

PremiereEdit

On April 24, 2020, Netflix released the official trailer for the series.[3]

Spin-offEdit

In October 2020, Netflix announced their upcoming Turkish slate to include a submarine-set limited series, described as a "fast-paced action adventure story", starring Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, directed by Tolga Karaçelik, and written by Atasay Koç, Cansu Çoban, Sami Berat Marçalı and Jason George. Ahead of the series release, Tatlıtuğ appeared as Arman in an episode of the second season of Into the Night, revealing the in-development series to be a spin-off of Into the Night, set concurrently with the first two seasons and titled Yakamoz S-245.[6]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 88% approval rating for the first season with an average rating of 8.7/10, based on 18 reviews.[12]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Netflix Announces The First Belgian Original Series – Into the Night". Netflix Media Center. September 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Netflix to turn 'apocalyptic' sci-fi novel in to new six-part series". The First News. September 5, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Millican, Josh (April 25, 2020). "Try to Outrun the Sun in Trailer for Into the Night, Arriving on Netflix May 1st". Dread Central.
  4. ^ a b c White, Peter (September 3, 2019). "Netflix Orders First Belgian Original 'Into The Night' From 'Narcos' & 'Scandal' Producer Jason George". Deadline Hollywood.
  5. ^ a b Parlevliet, Mirko (July 1, 2020). "Into the Night Season 2 Given the Green Light by Netflix". Vital Thrills. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Melisa, Yasemin; Eyiakkan, Ener (October 20, 2020). "Netflix Ramping Up Investment In Turkey With 10 New Exhilarating Projects". Netflix Media Center.
  7. ^ Dray, Kayleigh (2020-05-07). "Why Into The Night is the Netflix series everyone is raving about". Stylist. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  8. ^ Greene, Steve (2020-05-05). "'Into the Night': Netflix's International Plane Thriller Is More Than a Twisty, Timely Premise". IndieWire. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  9. ^ a b Ouellette, Jennifer (2020-05-09). "Review: Airplane passengers must outrace a killer sun in Into the Night". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  10. ^ "Video: "Into the Night" Season 2 – Official Teaser – Netflix". The Futon Critic. August 12, 2021. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  11. ^ "Netflix Announces The Cast For Into the Night". Netflix Media Center. September 30, 2019.
  12. ^ "Into The Night: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved June 20, 2020.

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