Resurrection Season One
Yawn Of The Dead
Release Date: OUT NOW!
2013 | 12 | DVD Director: Charles McDougall Cast: Omar Epps, Kurtwood Smith, Frances Fisher, Devin Kelley, Mark Hildreth, Samaire Armstrong
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might need to take notes here. Resurrection is the US TV adaptation of Jason Mott’s 2013 novel, The Returned. That novel has nothing to do with the ace French show Les Revenants ( screened in the UK as The Returned, confusingly). It does, however, have a near- identical premise in which residents of an isolated town find their deceased loved ones mysteriously returned to life and full health. Got that? Good.
Season one’s eight episodes hone in on three of these returnees: eight- year- old Jacob, creepy criminal Caleb and Rachel, the local pastor’s ex. This narrow focus allows the show to explore the fraught emotions of loved ones who had previously come to terms with their grief. Kurtwood Smith as Jacob’s father is particularly strong in this regard, oscillating between angry disbelief and cautious joy.
Still, it’s impossible to get That Other Show out of your mind. Les Revenants wasn’t just gripping and strange – it looked amazing too, with a real sense of place. Resurrection, in comparison, feels like something you’d find on the Hallmark Channel. It’s visually flat and saddled with a tear- jerky score. Characters do bewilderingly stupid things and say lines like, “It’s over.” “No, it’s only just beginning,” with a straight face. Critically, it never feels like it’s quite comfortable with its genre elements, and takes frequent drunken lurches towards soap opera territory.
And yet… the mysteries posed are compelling. Effort is made to give everyone a few shades of grey ( the Sheriff, in particular, alternates between being the heart of the show and its biggest dickhead). There’s potential here, but also the nagging doubt that Resurrection could just be the next in a long line of unfulfilling shows that don’t deliver on their initial promise ( Oh, hi FlashForward).
Extras: A slim selection. “On Location In Georgia” takes us behind the scenes of the season’s filming in Doncast-no, sorry, Georgia. “Resurrection: Building A Mystery” quizzes the cast on where they think the story might be heading. There’s also six minutes of deleted scenes and a brief blooper reel. Will Salmon Jason Mott was inspired to write the original novel by a dream about finding his dead mother sitting at the kitchen table.
“Oh no… I think your head lice have been resurrected too.”