Another New World
A dramatic retelling of Franklin’s Arctic tragedy
This article is from 2013.
Franklin’s goal is to find the Northwest Passage, which would open up new trade routes for the British Empire – so not only is his personal ambition weighing on him, but also the good of the entire Empire. It’s a large burden for one man, and with the loss of almost all his crew, Franklin quickly unravels.
Perhaps the most compelling parts are the fraught discussions between the women at home, left entirely without communication of what has happened to their men. It’s a shame that this aspect was not explored further, as it becomes a little tiring watching Franklin shout at shadows again and again.
For those who know nothing about the Franklin expedition, Another New World provides an interesting overview; those already familiar with the story will enjoy the emotional involvement with the characters. While not unmissable, this is not a bad use of a spare hour.
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