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Turbulent Skies

Turbulent Skies

AVROTROS 2020

A chronicle of KLM Dutch Royal Airlines founder Albert Plesman and pioneering aircraft manufacturer Anthony Fokker's symbiotic but tempestuous bond as they struggle to establish the interwar Netherlands' role in global civil aviation.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Turbulent Skies

Turbulent Skies - S1E5

#1 - Lift

8.67

Season 1 - Episode 5

Fokker returns to Holland and starts working on his own biography. Plesman is about to lose the lucrative business of mail flights to his competitor. He is also forced to use an outdated Fokker plane for a flight to the East Indies.

The episode was rated from 6 votes.

Turbulent Skies - S1E6

#2 - The Uiver

8.60

Season 1 - Episode 6

Plesman enrolls his first American plane in an air race to Australia to prove metal planes are better than Fokker's wooden ones. When Plesman discovers that Fokker has all the sales rights of the plane, the race becomes even more exciting.

The episode was rated from 5 votes.

Turbulent Skies - S1E8

#3 - Peace

8.50

Season 1 - Episode 8

For the first time KLM starts making profit, sadly because of the refugees fleeing for the upcoming war. When all the airways are closed down, Plesman makes up an idealistic plan to keep the peace, but he needs Fokker to realize it.

The episode was rated from 4 votes.

Turbulent Skies - S1E4

#4 - Suze & Violet

8.00

Season 1 - Episode 4

Because of the crises, Albert Plesman has to work even harder to keep the KLM afloat, at the expense of his family, especially his wife Suze. In America, Fokker has is own issues caused by the crises, which also take a toll on his wife.

The episode was rated from 6 votes.

Turbulent Skies - S1E1

#5 - The Future

7.88

Season 1 - Episode 1

By organizing the First Aviation Exhibition Amsterdam Albert Plesman wants to introduce the Netherlands to civil aviation. Plesman meets airplane manufacturer Anthony Fokker. The men will have to work together, despite their differences.

The episode was rated from 8 votes.

Turbulent Skies - S1E2
#6 - Pioneers
7.88
Season 1 - Episode 2

KLM is losing money and Plesman argues with his Board about changing course. Fokker struggles with a huge tax debt and he convinces Plesman to buy new planes from him. It seems like they are on the same side, but can Plesman trust Fokker?

The episode was rated from 8 votes.
Turbulent Skies - S1E7
#7 - The Disaster Week
7.75
Season 1 - Episode 7

3 planes crash within a week; Plesman and Fokker blame each other. Fokker tries to force Plesman to buy his planes by swaying public opinion. The relationship reaches an all-time low when Plesman is dealt a heavy blow in his personal life.

The episode was rated from 4 votes.
Turbulent Skies - S1E3
#8 - The Race
7.29
Season 1 - Episode 3

KLM's losses are high; Plesman's job is on the line. Fokker is thriving. He participates in the Ford Air Reliability Tour in America and meets his new love: Violet. But in the Netherlands, Plesman is doing business with his rival.

The episode was rated from 7 votes.

Last updated: jan 20, 2021

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As a Dutch person, I never actually knew the story behind Fokker and the KLM, so that got me interested combined with the preview I saw. In that preview they mentioned this was one of the highest budget Dutch television series ever made, with lots of actual footage, models and CGI where needed. Without spoiling anything from the storyline itself, I can say that not once I noticed I was watching a CGI enhanced scene. Of course, once you know that CGI is being used you can easily guess the scenes in which it was used, but nonetheless it was extremely well made. The most important part is actually the acting and that's absolutely perfect. [spoiler]The fact they used a younger and older Anthony Fokker and Albert Plesman (and their wives) was the stroke of a genius. Not only that, in one case the older actor adjusted to the younger and in the other case vice versa, either way they were so well cast and even better how it smoothly went from one to the other. It's a miracle that in such a small country (compared to the UK or US) the young and old Anthony Fokker look so much alike and also share the same traits both on and off camera.[/spoiler] [spoiler]The storyline isn't always true to reality, but it doesn't detract from it otherwise. Being a limited series, I can understand that they had to simplify the death of one of Plesman's sons Jan. In the series he simply just died during a flight, while in reality he died in 1944 while fighting in his Spitfire during WWII. I can see that some people will not consider this to be a good thing, but I do see the burden of explaining the whole WWII phase and as it's not about Jan, but rather his father, I get the fact they did want to show his grief upon losing two sons, but not wanting to extend a couple of episodes just for that.[/spoiler] Fun fact: Albert Plesman's son Jan had the nickname De Vliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman) which coincidentally is where the name of this tv series came from, though in this case they called it Vliegende Hollanders (plural, Flying Dutchmen), obviously meaning Anthony Fokker and Albert Plesman. Great tv show and although I don't often watch Dutch productions because of bad experiences in the past, this one was well worth it and has shown me that we can deliver production quality comparative to UK or US productions.

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