The North Water is a thrilling adventure series on BBC Two that follows a crew of whale hunters across the Arctic. One of The Volunteer’s crew is veteran surgeon Patrick Sumner (played by Jack O’Connell), who wants to escape his military past. He faces many internal battles and his anxiety only increases when he runs into Henry Drax (Colin Farrell), a psychotic and dark character.
Sumner, who is addicted to laudanum, has flashbacks to terrifying events during his military service in India.
Fans want to know what laudanum is and how it can impact the minds and bodies of those who take it.
Laudanum is an extract of opium and occurs as a reddish-brown liquid. It contains almost all of the opium alkaloids, such as morphine and codeine.
In the past, it was used to treat various ailments and was mainly used as a pain reliever and cough suppressant.
Today, laudanum is recognized as addictive and is strictly regulated in all parts of the world.
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His character is described as a disgraced military surgeon, and he uses Laudanum to forget about his troubles.
However, this usually only makes matters worse and he is in a vicious cycle.
Haunted by the war, he takes drugs to ease the mental and physical pain he feels when he remembers those dark times.
Plus, being tightly confined with characters like Drax, it’s no surprise that he picks up the substance again.
Fans took to social media to express their thoughts on the show, with one commenting on Twitter: “Appreciate a lot ‘The Northern water‘on AMC + even though it may have been the most brutal, darkest show I’ve ever seen. Colin Farrell, as a murderous whaler / psychopath of the 1850s, must win awards. “
The series originally aired on AMC + this summer, before making it to BBC Two in the UK.
Another fan said: “IIf you want to experience the terrifying and phenomenal performances of Colin Farrell and Jack ‘Connell, this is for you.
“And I don’t remember watching anything with Stephen Graham that wasn’t good. The guy is fucking amazing.”
The series will continue to air weekly on Fridays on BBC Two.