Gotta watch out for the Garda. I watched Fractale yesterday, and while I am still waiting until episode two to give any precise impressions of the effort, as I disdain making judgments after one episode, I nevertheless have found myself already truly entranced by one aspect of the show: the setting.
Now, when I speak of the setting, I’m actually talking about something much less pervasive than what one could suppose from Fractale – after all, the term ‘setting’ implies not just location physically but location chronologically. But while, yes, I do find the notion of the Fractale System and the lack of direct social contact to be intriguing, I actually was most drawn in by the physical setting.
Let’s start with the intro image. Honestly, this one is the biggest tip-off, although I’d been getting the sense that we were in Ireland (or, perhaps, an Ireland is more accurate to say) prior to the appearance of the Garda. Specifically, the western coast of Ireland, based on the presence of those steep cliffs right at the start of the episode, along with that white cottage perched on said cliffs. Admittedly, my first impression was of the Aran Islands, especially Inis Mor and Inis Meáin, although I don’t think that the first episode is on an island.
The cliffs could just as easily have been inspired by the Cliffs of Connemara, but the chapel and the stone-walls, and all that bicycling to me was pure Inis Mor. And the cottage? Obviously Teach Synge on Inis Meain!
Well, perhaps not, but it is what I thought of first!
At this point, I’ll let you just view the screen-caps versus the pictures I took when I visited the Aran Islands. Please note that the photographs are thumbnails and link to larger versions which will not appear so pixelated and weird; the wide-angles are also cut-off at the edge, so you’ll have to click to see the full shot. All the photos are mine with the exception of the ones of Teach Synge (the cottage); my batteries had died and there was nowhere to buy any more when I was on Inis Meain.
So, at the very least, I intend to keep watching Fractale because I have fallen in love with the backgrounds =)