TV Review

Published on March 29th, 2017 | by Ron van Rutten


Review: Quarry S01

Quarry. After watching the first season I find myself wanting more. Much more. Is it a fun show? Fuck no, but it will have you wanting more. Much more.

Based on a series of novels by Max Allan Collins, Mac Conway (Logan Marshall-Green) returns back Memphis in 1972 after his second tour in Vietnam. Aside from the human characters, there’s also Memphis as a character, brought to life with the same level of detail period drama’s like Mad Men, or Life on Mars.

Quarry’s knack for conveying moral ambiguity and its mastery of bringing back 1972 Memphis reminds me of another very good show that took forever to catch on; a little show about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher in Albuquerque. Breaking… something. Is it as good as that other show? To be honest, no, but it’s a hell of a ride. Even though it’s a slow ride 😉

Unable to settle into his old life and dogged by rumors of participating in a civilian massacre, he attracts the attention of the mysterious Broker (Peter Mullan), who’s looking to add Mac to his portfolio of shooters. At first he doesn’t want in yet Mac soon finds himself getting dragged into the contract killer life, particularly as those close to him—like his war buddy Art (Jamie Hector) and his wife, Joni (Jodi Balfour)—start to get caught up in the aftermath of the Broker’s sales pitch.

Peter Mullan is a stand-out as The Broker. His subtle acting makes his role perfect. Actors who put this much work in their roles are far and few between, and Mullan pulls it off.

I am really looking forward to see what Cinemax can bring with season two.



Genre: Drama
Network: Cinemax
Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2016
Creators: Graham Gordy, Michael D. Fuller
Exec. Producers: Graham Gordy, Michael D. Fuller, David Kanter, Greg Yaitanes, Matt DeRoss, Steve Golin, Ken Levin


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Smart ass, know-it-all, usually right, world traveller, photographer, down to earth. These are some of the words that can describe Ron. At least, after censoring all the naughty words from that list.

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