In this gripping Dutch miniseries, a cross-section of individuals from very different backgrounds struggle to stay alive after a catastrophic superstorm puts half of Holland under water. After the storm passes, those who survived must confront the fact that nothing in their lives will ever be the same again. As their journeys unfold over six superb episodes, we glimpse moments of joy, sorrow, rage, kindness, and most importantly, resilience.
1. Dike Ring 14
With a once-in-a-lifetime megastorm on its way towards Holland’s coastal region, a group of strangers in its path prepare to face it in very different ways. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister and his colleagues must decide whether to evacuate millions from the area. But loose lips threaten to cause a major scandal.
2. Code Red
As the storm floods the region, the Prime Minister grapples with his failure to evacuate. Meanwhile, camped out in their attic, Sonja and her family try to reach emergency services hoping to get help finding Femke. And in the prison where her husband is being held, the inmates are growing increasingly desperate.
3. Silence After the Storm
25,000 people are dead and 150,000 are missing. Sonja and Manu take a boat to look for Femke, while Samir forms a surprising alliance at the prison. The Prime Minister’s decision to visit a camp for the displaced turns out to be a mistake. Marion and Naomi struggle to come to grips with their new status as refugees and the fate of the rest of their family is finally revealed.
4. On Dry Land
The Prime Minister heads to an economic summit to negotiate for relief funds that come with a heavy price. Samir and Ronnie pick up Kimmy and Mr. Stein but must struggle to find help when she goes into shock. Marion and Sonja are both confronted with life-changing news.
5. A Warm Heart
Ronnie is reunited with Sonja, and learns what happened to Femke. His plan to leave with his family is met with resistance from Magnus. While the Prime Minister recovers from his episode, deals are made behind his back. Samir heads home and Mr. Stein considers adopting Kimmy. Tensions rise at Willem's farm where Robert, Marion, Naomi and Britt are staying.
6. Netherlands Above Water
The Prime Minister fights to ensure no tragedy ever befalls the Netherlands again, but faces a reckoning for his decision not to evacuate. Mr. Stein searches for Kimmy after learning that her mother has been found. Robert and Naomi and their daughters map out different futures. Ronnie makes plans to run away to Spain with Sonja and Kevin.
Loved every minute!!
I thoroughly enjoyed The Swell. The interpersonal relationships were quite well done. I found myself caring for all the characters. Samir is the hero and is a man who we should all aspire to emulate!
I've seen some disastrous disaster films - this, fortunately, is not one of them. Overall a good series to watch as it touches on many aspects of human nature, as well as 'the good, the bad, and the ugly' of human relationships and interaction. I am glad that I watched this series.
I love the realism and parallels with the current refugee crises. Heart-wrenching at many points, heart-warming at others
Was hooked at the get go.