KACAK A MINI-POTTED REVIEW. Series One. On Netflix in the United Kingdom. In Turkish with English subtitles. & Subtitles for Several other languages. Kacak is on Youtube in Turkish, Series One & Two.
So I loved, loved, loved, Kacak..
Kacak is like the Godfather met Dirty Harry met an intense and wonderful soap opera.. Kacak is a story above all. It is cheerfully violent. I mostly didn’t look. However as per usual in Turkish TV series: you don’t see the blood. Glory be to Hallelujah: I’m down with that.
The other thing I like best about Turkish TV/television series is that the are stories. It really is: just as story. Thank goodness. Because that is all I want. A story. What dramas used to be. Back in the day.
Before political agenda. political dogman, political correctness, positive role model/ characters (that could never be bad and if in the rare instance they were-it was because they were really a victim-even if they are the mad murder) but I digress.
Yes, bleeping out swear words (which makes it fun to guess what the word was-my theory is the f word and various insulting epithets which we can often imagine including motherfucker.
Bleeping is a form of political correctness, so is blurring out blood. I guess. Plus of course, alcohol. But at least they are up front about it. We can see it clearly. Or rather, in the case of the bleeping hear something but not hear it. That does sound bad I guess.
But I quite like it. The Bleeping. Its funy. and I don’t care. You are imagining the words anyway and sometimes they give you half a clue- by only asterixing part of the word. Hilarious. Point is, it’s in your face.
There will be, in Turkish TV series a low to medium to high amount of religious iconography, rituals, especially funerals.
Boy do I know all about Turkish and Ottoman funeral rites by now. Every aspect. It’s all very moving. But then funerals are.
My main conclusion was that if you are unlucky enought to, God forbid, be buried alive. You could thankfully fight your way out: not being stuck in a coffin and all. Just boards above.
But then, I forgot, you’re tied up at two ends in a sheet. Oh well. Perhaps you have a knife. But only if you were buried with one..
But I digress.
When I say medium to heavy that would be adding the praying. Praying. Praying. Praying. There is a lot of this in the early Filinta series. After a while I zoned out. As in concentrated on something else. In order to avoid it.)
The more modern the series is, in my experience with Turkish TV series, the lower the amount of the religious element I found. however people still think about fate a lot. Only one person in Kacak, mentions free will.