Koen is a human trafficker, not a typical profession for a character in a superhero themed television show and even less likely for a central character. In a near future Australia, Koen is an young, urbanised indigenous man running a scam – sneaking “hairies” out of the restricted zone in which they are forced to live. A formerly clandestine group of people who are stronger, longer lived and hairier than most, the hairies are regarded as too violent and dangerous to live among humans…
This first episode is heavy on world building and while the ideas and analogies are not stunningly original, using the multiple contexts of Australian Aboriginal mythology, the marginalisation of indigenous peoples in Australia and Australia’s harsh mandatory detention policies for refugees gives them added weight.
Veteran actor Jack Charles adds an a supernatural element to the story – summoning some sort of meteor/monster and setting off a chain of events that will directly effects Koen.
An unlikable hero, and an original take on some old ideas, Cleverman looks very promising.
An episode recap at The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/jun/02/cleverman-recap-season-one-episode-one-supernatural-and-political