Anthracite-colored monsters rummage through the stormy sea, the gray wolves go hunting. How good it looks: valves burst, men stare, officers in dark oilskin coats keep watch on top of the narrow bridge that protrudes from the spray of the Atlantic. From the very first minute, this series has its overwhelming visual language. The makers know how to stage the crushing narrowness of a hunting submarine of the German Navy, how to make personnel clash dramatically, like sailors in the second World War curse. No other German television drama of recent years came as close to the American role models as the new series The boat – and none draws such a dubious picture of German history. ZDF will show the series next week.