Fronter Review: “Frontier, ” a lively Canadian import that goes up on Netflix on Friday, concerns the fur trade in barely settled areas of North America in the 1700s. As with many of these series, lawlessness prevails; violence is frequent and graphic; most of the main characters are male; and too many of the female ones are there only for their cleavage.
Aboard Benton’s ship is Michael Smyth (Landon Liboiron), a petty thief who ended up there unintentionally and, once discovered, is put to use by Benton as a sort of spy: He is to infiltrate Harp’s camp and provide Benton with intelligence. It is presumably this young fellow we’re supposed to be emotionally invested in as he tries to figure out his allegiances and play both sides, and he gets most of the early focus, though other intriguing characters are lurking about who may emerge.
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Michael meets Pond and negotiate the sale of the stolen pelts but Sokanon has reservations, meanwhile Chesterfield is searching for Harp and Grace is in danger. Douglas and Malcolm Brown find a new …
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The theme music for “Frontier” encapsulates the whole show. It starts a little outsize, with an electric guitar riff over the orchestral strings that we’ve come to associate with adventure shows. But then the drumbeat changes subtly, and a chant-like singing is mixed into the music. The new element is Cree powwow drumming and singing — a warlike song, if not a war song. Against the brash guitar and “epic” strings, it’s at first buried, and then dissonant, before coming together to create a distinct, beautiful sound.
Frontier TV Review
The Frontier’s appeal spans from work truck to dirt jumper, so the best Frontier for you depends on your plans. Of the Frontier’s five trim levels, we think the Pro-4X is the best all-arounder. A strong V6 peels off loads of low-end torque and its off-road worthiness is nearly equal that of its rivals.
Changes for 2019 are predictably minimal. The base and next-up trim levels get a larger touchscreen display, and the slick Midnight Edition style package returns for another year. But in just about every other area, the 2019 Nissan Frontier is outdated. The interior, though durable, has a low-buck look and feel. The cabin allows in plenty of noise. The Frontier’s engines burn fuel with the abandon of a failed missile test, and technology and advanced safety features are few and far between.
Nissan Frontier models
The 2019 Nissan Frontier is a midsize truck offered in two body styles (extended cab or four-door crew cab) and with 5-foot and 6.1-foot bed lengths. Two engines are available: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (152 horsepower, 171 pound-feet of torque) or a 4.0-liter six-cylinder (261-hp, 281 lb-ft). Both can pair to either a manual transmission (five speeds for the four-cylinder or six for the V6) or a five-speed automatic transmission.
The SV builds on the above features with 16-inch alloy wheels, power accessories (windows, door locks), sliding rear window and satellite radio. Options include a sunroof on the crew cab and a Value Truck package that adds foglights, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a sliding bed extender, a spray-in bedliner, adjustable cargo tie-downs, a Class IV trailer hitch, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and two extra speakers on extended cabs.
Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma
The Tacoma is the undisputed and longest-reigning king of the class. Its TRD off-road editions are among the most capable dirt scramblers made today. The Frontier has some appeal as a basic work truck, but the Tacoma looks like it belongs to this decade. Tacoma resale value is also tops.
Nissan Frontier vs. Ford Ranger
The all-new Ford Ranger revives a classic nameplate with a handsome and rugged new exterior design, a long list of options, and a host of modern safety features and driver aids. We haven’t driven it yet, but on paper it matches or exceeds the Frontier in most areas. It offers just one engine, a turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 270 horsepower — more than the Frontier’s V6 and likely more fuel-efficient, too.