Christopher Eccleston

'Fortitude' features polar bears and cold-blooded murder

'Fortitude' features polar bears and cold-blooded murder

Sometimes a polar bear is just a polar bear, especially when it appears in a nature or reality series. The scripted version, on the other hand, is almost always a metaphor, the symbol of opposing forces (cuddly looks, predatory nature) or mystical impossibility (the polar bear of "Lost's" jungle island).

The polar bears of Pivot TV's series "Fortitude" are a little bit of both.

Television's first Arctic murder-mystery, "Fortitude" combines the best of scripted and reality programming, unfurling the type of complex if invariably grim human drama we have come to expect from short-season cable series in an environment more familiar to fans of...