'Klondike' review: 'Game of Thrones' Richard Madden thrives in the Gold Rush

Discovery Channel heads into uncharted territory with its new miniseries "Klondike." As the network's first scripted series, it's fitting that the project is about the Gold Rush exploration in the Yukon during the late 1890s. As this is Discovery, some of the exposition in "Klondike" leans heavily on being informative. Expect to get a pretty good idea of what suffering from typhus, walking pneumonia and dysentery felt like during the Klondike gold rush. The series also reveals how the cutthroat nature of those who made it to the Yukon determined the social hierarchy there, and how the bad conditions in the town of Dawson lead to the spread of disease in the cold, rainy environment. But the performers Discovery pulled together for the show make learning about those facets much more interesting than they would be otherwise. Led by Richard Madden(fresh off his "Game of Thrones" run), his Bill Haskell is more than just a...



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