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Fatal cases of the Western Nile Fever are registered in one of the remote Russian areas in Karelia. This disease is quite exotic. The Karelian outbreak is against the existing scientific knowledge. An epidemiological expedition is sent to the location. The group includes two protagonists - VERA and NIKOLAI, who once were romantically involved and, as it turns out in the course of current events, have not yet lost their mutual affection for each other. None of them knows what this unexpected journey turns to be. The Counted (Lapsi) is a story with the elements of paranormal and sci-fi genres intertwined in it, put in the unique geographical, ethnical and social setting of Karelian land that is filled with mystical legends and inexplicable myths survived through history till our time. The team faces the facts that can hardly be explained and are more mysterious than the death itself.
very original Russian mystery series
I honestly did not expect such a production from Russian TV, obsessed, as the rest of the world with talent shows, crime shows and melodrama of all kind of type. This story starts as a sudden explosion of exotic fever plagues the North eastern region of Russia (bordering with Finland) - Carelia. Two virusologists, Vera and Kolya, lovers in the past, are sent to investigate the village in the middle of the swamps but their way goes further, onto a mysterious island of Sariola, where people never gets sick and don't age but they must always be only 46 in the number, women can't bear children and there is a mysterious God Lapsi who turns people who break the laws of the islands into robot-like morloks. But this is just the skin-deep beginning of a very intriguing story going back - of course - into experiments of the 40s, modern medical intrigues, power games and indeed, an element of mystery implying the Eaarth is one live organism that has its own laws and character. I hope more people watch this show, it is on its 2nd season now and I am truly impressed with the story line. There are few special effects, some violence, a healthy amount of melodrama and scientific theories. I can't compare it with any foreign similar series, but I'm sure there is one.
- Feb 9, 2019
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