What are you watching right now? Oct 16, 2015 19:28:04 GMT -5
Post by Sexy Spork #37 on Oct 16, 2015 19:28:04 GMT -5
I might check out Beck, I think there are other shows that I might watch first before I try something else that's from this continent.
The lack of a season two was down to the network collapsing. There's some glimmer of light another network could pick it up, but you know, they did a lot with one season.
The Returned / Les Revenants - Season 2, Episode 1.
Quite simply, if you like Twin Peaks, you will love this. It was heavily, heavily influenced by it, but trust me, it blows it out the water. Much better direction, much better soundtrack (Mogwai perform it - on top, top form), much better characterisation, much better mystery, much higher and more consistent quality, and of supreme depth and emotion. Truly one of televisions finest pieces.
It's French, so you'll need to find a subtitled version (airs on More 4 in the UK). It's set in a remote, quiet and unassuming Alpine village when suddenly, the dead come back to life. Not zombies, but as normal and average as they were when they were living. It's a drama-thriller, ambiguous, engaging, atmospheric, creepy and utterly terrifying in places. It is a powerhouse.
As the first season progresses, it becomes clear the dead aren't quite what they seem (well, some of them - including a very, very creepy little boy who says very little, seems to have some mysterious 'abilities' [in fact, quite a few do] and has a 1,000 yard stare). The second season will start answering some questions, and judging by the brilliant opener, boy, we're in for a treat.
Forget the crappy American shot-by-shot remake, that got cancelled recently (the maker of the original said it wasn't very good - which made me smile), this, the original, is sublime. The mystery and eeriness of this mental situation, in a remote town where subtle craziness and mysterious goings on start to ensue, is brilliantly engaging. There's a sprinkle of 'Lost' at its best, too.
It's also very cinematic. The direction is typically European. Every shot is art. It is a must watch.
It's just sad to see the ratings tumbling in France. They wanted to carry on for a few more seasons, but the ratings really need to pick up for that to happen. So catch this multi-award winning cult classic while you can.
Oh, and television shows tend to produce one new season every two years in France, not one, so if there is a third run, get ready for a two year wait.
Just so, so awesome.