Green Frontier – Netflix Season 1 Review

Season 1

Episode Guide

The Deep Jungle – | Review Score – 3.5/5
The Walkers – | Review Score – 3/5
The Tree – | Review Score – 3.5/5
The Poison – | Review Score – 3.5/5
The Death – | Review Score – 3.5/5
The Seed – | Review Score – 3.5/5
The Light – | Review Score – 3.5/5
The Dark – | Review Score – 3/5


Colombian Netflix Original Green Frontier is an interesting, beautifully shot series that unfortunately buckles under its own slow pace. Although this does improve as the episodes tick by, whether you’ll make it far enough to see this narrative close out remains to be seen. If you can take to the slow pacing and warm to the supernatural mystery surrounding this one, Green Frontier certainly makes for a decent watch, albeit one you’ll be unlikely to return to in a hurry when the dust has settled.

The story here revolves around an aboriginal tribe deep in the heart of the jungle. When a young, Bogotá-based detective named Helena is drawn into their homeland to investigate four femicides, what follows is a crime drama swimming in mystery, supernatural elements and tension. Yua from the Arupanis tribe is interestingly depicted, with his healing power a constant source of mystery throughout the series. As the episodes progress, we also learn more via flashbacks about Ushe, the girl found dead in the first episode, and this does help add some context to the narrative as a whole.

Toward the back end of the series the pacing certainly improves and some of the later episodes are exciting enough to feel like the series is moving at a decent enough speed. Whether you’ll make it that far though is still up for debate. With a plethora of flashbacks and slow paced episodes throughout, Green Frontier does take a while to get into its story but eventually it does deliver the goods.

The Amazon Rainforest is a breathtakingly beautiful area though and thanks to some gorgeous aerial shots, this is shown off in all its glory here. It certainly helps add some depth to the series and the camera work in general is pretty good across the entire series. Adding to this are a whole host of interesting themes including Mother Nature (named Mother Jungle by the tribes), death and the meaning of life which do add some thought provoking ideas into the fold.

It’s all pretty compelling stuff but frustratingly a lot of the compelling content is constantly held back by the glacial pacing. The series could easily have been chopped to half its run-time but in true Netflix fashion, the series feels bloated and unnecessarily over-long. It’s a shame too because I can’t help but feel if this was a pacey four-episode thriller, a lot more people may stick with this for the long haul.

Still, it’s not all bad though and Green Frontier is certainly an enjoyable show. It’s probably not the easiest to binge-watch thanks to its pacing but if you can take to the supernatural elements and fancy something a little more thought provoking than your usual slew of crime thrillers, Green Frontier might just do the trick. It may not be the best series out there but Green Frontier is certainly worth a go, just be prepared to go in with some serious patience to get to the good stuff.


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  • Verdict - 6.5/10

16 thoughts on “Green Frontier – Netflix Season 1 Review”

  1. Intellectual. Complex. Cinematographic. Multidimensional. There better be a second season.

  2. yes I am four episodes in and I am finding it very unusual and engaging. I disagree with the characterization of “glacial” pacing. I think that is an irresponsible choice of words for a reviewer to use, at least in this instance. I don’t even find it to be slow personally. and to agree with another reviewer, as this show is set deep in the Amazon…it should reflect that world at least to some extent in it’s pacing and imagery. I think it succeeds. Wonderful cinematography, acting, and tasteful use of magical realism.

  3. Pacing might be a problem for the impatient and the narrative jumps around and was hard to put together at first. That said, it’s a very well made and thoughtful production. Very good cast as well. Worth watching.

  4. This is a fantastic series that far surpasses the dribble being mass produced for fast visual consumption. The pace may be challenging for those who need quick fixes but it is intellectual, beautiful and sinfully ethereal. Well done!

  5. I very much enjoyed this, refreshing and beautifully shot if a tad introspective, very strong characters and some good performances too. BUT – what happened to the ending??? It was almost as if it was cut off 15 minutes too soon, so many threads needed to be resolved. They could have been – there were no insurmountable barriers, it was just clipped off too soon. Directorial error or studio missing the point???

  6. I loved it! Beautiful fascinating. Thought provoking. Got my attention. With so much stress tv, Thought the pace peace ful.

  7. What? It was cumbersome and overdone. Really? I was annoyed at the poetic ?comments from the native players. Hardly new what the H they were talking about. Way too much overplayed. Photography was great. The female star was very good BUT I got tired of her scowling. The jungle is wet, buggy and full of weird things. Don’t think I want to ever go there.i know it performs a vital part of our planet but got a little, no a lot tired of all the mambo,jumbo talk. Still not sure who killer was and why. Won’t be watching second season. Give me Mad Men. TheSinner. Big Little Lies etc.! Sick of hearing about Mother Earth! Spare Me!

  8. I thought this series was fascinating and beguiling. I was hooked from episode one and binged watched this. For me the pace was perfectly judged although I do agree with Lucia that the ending was rushed and a tad disappointing. I hope there is a second series.

  9. I am 4 episodes in and I am really enjoying it. Some of the visuals are breathtaking and there is enough intrigue to keep me interested. It is refreshing for a series to be shot in a unique location not often seen in English speaking TV shows/films. The Jungle surroundings and Jungle town definitely add an edge to the show. Really keen to see where it goes.

  10. I just had to tell the whole world how much i enjoyed this show. I was captivated at the real life characters created by the writers. The acting and the locations were stunning. The tale was so compelling . And yeah Ushe is stunning, I watched this straight through in one seating.

  11. Don’t judge others from your first world POV. If you’ve ever been to tropical countries with 90% humidity and incessant heat you will know why things move along slower than elsewhere. This is not binge-watching material but a look into how we are ruining our planet every day and how vile humans can be. Savouring that is indeed the biggest horror of this show!

  12. Green frontier was suspenseful and interesting. Looking forward to season 2. Please renew it to a second season. Worth the watch. The Amazon is beautiful and mysterious .

  13. I too find the series fascinating, and while I agree the pacing can be confrontational, it is compensated by the wisdom we find within the jungle. That and the magnificent beauty of the Madre Selva, which could not have been appreciated fully had pacing been faster, and the narrative as a New York thriller with speed and chase. It reminds me of the nordi thrillers where the shots on the snow are as slow of the melting of the ice. I feel the director wanted us to appreciate the detail of Nature and to reflect how life happens in that environment, which I know it to be true. All I wondered is, where have the mosquitoes gone? A true mystery.

  14. Check check…We have gotten so used to fast paced action. I loved this series despite the pace which did not bother me at all. There is so much to comment about green frontier, it seems poor to just concentrate on the need for speed. I was happy to at last see some Content where heroes were not white men in Greek god bods, and the mix of thriller/indigenous wisdom/science fiction was refreshing. My main objection: the end came all too suddenly and lacked the poetry imbued throughout the eight episodes.

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