The Rig, the review: fear on the platform in the thriller series

More open sea expeditions that combine survival drama with the supernatural that comes from ancient legends in The Rig, the Scottish Prime Video miniseries available from January 6, which continues the trend started with The Terror and The Head.

After The Terror and The Head, the fascination of Prime Video continues for expeditions to distant and inhospitable lands – set in the past or in the present – with legendary supernatural elements to season the missions with a thriller-horror element together with a purely dramatic one . We return to this thread with the review of The rigfrom January 6 on Prime Video with all six episodes that make up the miniseries, the platform’s first filmed entirely in Scotland and therefore effectively their first original local production.

Inside the North Sea


The Rig: Iain Glen in one scene

The rig (which literally means “rig” and indicates the Kinloch Bravo oil platform where the protagonists of the miniseries work), set in the present day, is created by David Macpherson and directed by John Strickland and Alex Holmes. The cast, rich and varied and with a parterre of English and Scottish actors includes: Emily Hampshire, Martin Compston, Calvin Demba, Richard Pepple, Mark Bonnar, Rochenda Sandall, Emun Elliott, Stuart McQuarrie, Abraham Popoola, Molly Vevers, Mark Addy, Nikhil Parmar, Cameron Fulton. Among the performers are the actors of the Game of Thrones Iain Glen, the unforgettable Jorah Mormont and here Magnus McMillan, head of the platform, and Owen Teale, who was Alliser Thorne in the HBO series and here plays Lars Hutton, a member of the crew who constantly creates problems and continually seeks a fight especially with Magnus. In general, the morale of the workers is in a corner because after a long time in the open sea and in difficult conditions they were convinced they could return to their lives and their families but an event will force them stranded on that damned oil platform stationed off the Scottish coast in the dangerous waters of the North Sea.

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The fog


The Rig: a scene from the series

As in the best self-respecting horror-thrillers, it all starts with a mysterious fog that envelops the platform and everything around it for miles. At that point, radio communications go down, there is a blackout and strange unexplained seismic phenomena begin to occur. The legends of old explorers and of those who have worked longer on this type of expedition, together with the myths of the North Sea, fuel the agitation of the even younger and less experienced crew, who couldn’t wait to go home. This along with other pre-existing personal frictions and affections that inevitably build up between some of the crew, will lead to something of a boiling point for people stranded offshore. The Rig skillfully combines the elements related to the survival drama linked to impossible expeditions with other more modern and close to current events, climate change in progress, the pandemic and so on. The two aspects mix well in a miniseries with high narrative tension, whose episodes could perhaps have lasted a little less and whose CGI in some moments is not exactly at excellent levels.

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The yellow


The Rig: Martin Compston in one scene

Cool colors cloak this Scottish production by Prime Videos and everything that surrounds the characters, from the fog to the stormy sea and the contrast with something “hot” that comes from the sky. Thanks to being stranded in the open sea, the element from is also starting to make its way bedroom yellow. After an accident to a crew member, one wonders if it was really an accident and if it could have been someone from the crew. At that point it is not only a struggle for survival of man against nature but also between men themselves, as there is an increasing loss of trust of the shippers towards the captain and each other internally. Old and new are the generational elements that collide to show the different approach towards the looming threat by the old and new generation. Obviously there is no lack of basic reflection on what are we willing to do as human beings if pushed to the limit? Loyalty, betrayal, twists, resistance are all elements that season this thriller horror on the open sea. Perfect for lovers of the genre.


At the end of the review of The Rig we can see that it is a genre series with all the canons to excite fans: a crew stuck in the open sea today in extreme conditions, which must challenge both the limits of nature and the frictions between human beings. A high-voltage story that mixes elements and looks at current events, with a varied cast led by some familiar faces.

Because we like it

  • The mostly Scottish cast, as well as the production.
  • The evergreen idea of ​​the threat in the open sea.
  • The thriller-horror that mixes with yellow chamber and survival drama.
  • Current environmental and ecological issues.

What’s wrong

  • The episodes perhaps could have lasted a little less.
  • The CGI in some moments is not exactly excellent levels.

The Rig, the review: fear on the platform in the thriller series