Das Boot (The Boat) is an 8x60 minutes-episode German Mini Series produced by Bavaria Film and directed by Andreas Prochaska. It's been conceived as a Sequel/Spin-Off to the 1981 World War II submarine warfare film Das Boot. Speaking of which, it should not be confused with the 1985 Re-Cut into a mini-series.
The series takes place in 1942, 9 months after the end of the film. The storyline is split into two narratives, one based on land, the other set around a German submarine, the U-612. The focus is on both the claustrophobic life for the crew of the submarine and the French Resistance trying to disrupt their activities in the port city of La Rochelle.
The cast includes Rick Okon as Captain-Lieutenant (Kaleun) Klaus Hoffmann, Vicky Krieps as interpreter Simone Strasser, Robert Stadlober, Leonard Schleicher, Rainer Bock, August Wittgenstein, Franz Dinda, Tom Wlaschiha, Vincent Kartheiser, James D'Arcy, Thierry Frémont, Stefan Konarske and Lizzy Caplan.
The series has been renewed for a second season.
Das Boot provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Carla
- Artistic License History: The real U-612 operated in the Baltic Sea, not in the Atlantic Ocean (La Rochelle is situated on the French Atlantic coast). It didn't even see combat, it sank after colliding with another U-Boot, was raised, used for training and was ultimately scuttled when the Red Army invaded East Prussia.
- The small Soviet vessel is sunk with two torpedoes. Historically this would have been done with deck gun.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Under the command of Wrangel
- Big Bad: Wrangel at sea, Forster at land
- Bring Them Around: Wrangel after seizing the command
- Conflicting Loyalty: Hoffmann or Wrangel?
- Coup de Grâce: Employed by (and on) a number of characters.
- Death from Above:
- Allied planes are seen attacking the U-612. The submarine's crew responds by opening fire with the deck gun.
- And, of course, depth charges for the submarine.
- Divided We Fall: Kaleun Hoffmann's pep talk to his men: "There's only one way we can survive: together."
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Attack on the lone freighter which obviously was a bait for a trap, and invited the escorts of the whole convoy after U-612, causing her to sinking on the underwater shoal
- Got Volunteered: Frank to the mission, Tennstedt to repair the batteries.
- Homage Shot: In the first episode, a man runs out of the toilet with his ass hanging out during an alarm, just like the first crash dive in the film.
- Leitmotif: The Das Boot theme returns, in remixed form.
- The Mole: Frank and Simone
- The Mutiny: Wrangel seizes the command
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Horribly backfires on Forster, who gets stabbed by Simone.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Klaus Hoffmann
- Recycled Title: The series has the same title as the original film.
- Red Alert: This wouldn't be Das Boot if someone didn't shout "ALARM!!!" at some point.
- La Résistance: The focus isn't solely on a submarine's crew this time around. The French Resistance has much plot prominence. After all, the land narrative happens in occupied France.
- No One Could Survive That!: The depth charge attack
- Marooning Kaleun and a loyal sailor on a dinghy in the middle of the Atlantic.
- Not Quite Dead: Hoffmann
- Officer and a Gentleman: Seriously subverted by Ulrich Wrangel.
- Seadog Beard: Spending time on lengthy submarine patrols at sea means growing a beard.
- Shoot Your Mate: A sailor assumably loyal to Hoffmann is asphyxiated dead.
- Shot at Dawn: The young sailor from cowardice in action.
- And later five French civilians.
- The Starscream: Tennstedt
- Sub Story: The U-612 storyline, since this is the follow up to the Trope Codifier.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Wrangel after returning to La Rochelle.
- Treachery Cover Up: Falsifying the logbook of U-612
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Ulrich Wrangel