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Into the Night
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Genre
Based on
Developed byJason George
Starring


Country of originBelgium
Original language(s)
  • French
  • Dutch
  • English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time35–40 minutes
Production company(s)Entre Chien et Loup
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseMay 1, 2020 (2020-05-01)
External links
Website

Into the Night is a Belgian apocalyptic sci-fi drama thriller web television series created by Jason George, inspired by the 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]

Premise[edit]

The series follows a group of people who are hijacked while on board a red-eye flight from Brussels. Terenzio (Stefano Cassetti), the hijacker, was an Italian NATO soldier. He forces his way onto the commercial aircraft and demands an early take-off.[5] The handful of people in the aircraft becomes some of the survivors from a deadly global event that results from exposure to sunlight.[6] The plane heads west in an attempt to survive this catastrophe that kills all living organisms during daylight hours. The group - led by Mathieu (Laurent Capelluto), the pilot, and Sylvie (Pauline Etienne), a passenger - must work together to keep the sun behind them.[7] The group must deal with fuel shortage, irradiated food, hidden agenda, and other problems in their race to reach an underground military bunker.[7]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [8]
1"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 in the airport begin to show people collapsed in the middle of their broadcasts. 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) takes 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.
2"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 the soldiers escape in pursuit. The plane takes off with Jakub aboard as the soldiers chase it down the runway, shooting and cracking a window.
3"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.
4"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, which Terenzio defended him, and decides he may remain as a passenger on the flight back to Brussels after Terenzio reveals the rumoured existence of a NATO shelter. Horst suggests that the radiation from the sun has rendered fresh food 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 instruction of a Youtube video. Horst hypothesises that the radiation has also rendered jet fuel, refueled at Scotland, largely unusable.
5"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 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, an badly injured Ayaz drives onto the runway.
6"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 and left the keys for the second Jeep. 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 reaches 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.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

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 Tomek Baginski and Jacek Dukaj. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Entre chien et loup.[4]

Casting[edit]

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.[9]

Release[edit]

Premiere[edit]

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

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 83% approval rating for the first season with an average rating of 7.83/10, based on 6 reviews.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NETFLIX ANNOUNCES THE FIRST BELGIAN ORIGINAL SERIES – INTO THE NIGHT". Netflix Media Center.
  2. ^ "Netflix to turn 'apocalyptic' sci-fi novel in to new six-part series". www.thefirstnews.com.
  3. ^ a b Millican, Josh (April 25, 2020). "Try to Outrun the Sun in Trailer for INTO THE NIGHT, Arriving on Netflix May 1st".
  4. ^ a b c White, Peter (September 3, 2019). "Netflix Orders First Belgian Original 'Into The Night' From 'Narcos' & 'Scandal' Producer Jason George".
  5. ^ Dray, Kayleigh (2020-05-07). "Why Into The Night is the Netflix series everyone is raving about". Stylist. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  6. ^ Greene, Steve; 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Into the Night – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  9. ^ "NETFLIX ANNOUNCES THE CAST FOR INTO THE NIGHT". Netflix Media Center. September 30, 2019.
  10. ^ "Into The Night: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved May 11, 2020.

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