Drops of God, the tense new Apple TV+ drama set within the rarefied world of gastronomy and wonderful wines, doesn’t function dynastic squabbling or a multinational media empire. All the identical, although, I discovered myself pleasantly shocked at how this 8-episode adaptation of the bestselling Japanese manga collection of the identical title pulls off a high-stakes, Succession-style narrative from the passing of a French wine aficionado.
He’s no bombastic Logan Roy, in fact, nevertheless it’s the demise of Alexandre Léger, creator of the well-known Léger Wine Information and world-renowned determine in oenology, that units the occasions of the present in movement (similar to Roy’s demise now brings Succession’s endgame into view). And he leaves behind two potential heirs to his extraordinary wine assortment, valued at $148 million: A daughter in Paris, Camille, who hasn’t seen her father since her mother and father separated when she was 9. And Alexandre’s protege, the good younger oenologist Issei Tomine.
In different phrases, it’s the organic daughter versus the “adopted” son. The inheritance, together with possession of Léger’s empire, will go to the winner of three wine-related challenges. A set of exams, by the best way, that put Camille at an obstacle proper from the beginning — since she’s by no means tasted a single drop of wine. To organize, she decamps to a winery in France owned by one among her father’s pals, and he or she spends a month studying every thing she will be able to in regards to the completely different smells and tastes of wine.
It’s at this level that I ought to add that Drops of God (debuting on April 21 with its first two episodes) will in all probability very a lot enchantment to followers of a equally formidable status drama additionally on Apple TV+: Pachinko. There’s a cinematic scale and high quality to the visuals right here that jogged my memory of Pachinko’s magnificence. And Drops of God is, likewise, a multilingual drama that was filmed in French, Japanese, and English.
Apple’s new collection particularly works due to Camille and Issei Tomine, two richly drawn and compelling characters who even have fascinating household tales constructed round them. It’s straightforward to get caught up within the complicated magnificence surrounding the world of high-end wines, which makes for a way more fascinating present than I’d in any other case have assumed. Drops of God affords viewers a wealthy, full-bodied narrative, with notes of ardour, beguiling old-world magnificence, and the all-encompassing seek for one’s id.