The Re­turned Se­ries Two

Worth re­turn­ing to? Ab­so­lutely

SFX - - Reviews - As well as Mog­wai’s mu­sic, the se­ries uses tracks by French band Steeple Re­move – now avail­able on the LP “Po­si­tion Nor­mal”.

re­leased 11 JaN­Uary 2015 | 15 | Blu-ray/dVd Di­rec­tor Fabrice Gobert Cast Cé­line sal­lette, swann Nam­botin, Jenna Thiam, yara Pi­lartz

If you’re set­tling down to watch this French zom­bie drama, bring a jumper. The Re­turned has to be the cold­est-feel­ing show on tele­vi­sion, its pal­ette full of gloomy greys, brit­tle snow­drifts and freez­ing mud. Some char­ac­ters look so frozen and pale that you want to make them a cup of co­coa.

How­ever, once you get past the plod­ding, bit­ter open­ing episode of The Re­turned’s sec­ond se­ries, the chills are more than worth it. The first year ended with the back­from-the-dead cit­i­zens of a small town dis­ap­pear­ing as a dam burst and sank the place un­der a lake. We re­turn sev­eral months later, with the re­turnees ma­rooned on a lonely es­tate and the army on the prowl. More dead start ar­riv­ing – in­clud­ing some to­tal bas­tards – and a sub­sec­tion of them are quiet, sin­is­ter zom­bies who don’t even speak. What the hell is go­ing on?

The good news is that we do ac­tu­ally find out. The Re­turned is vir­tu­ally in­com­pre­hen­si­ble right up un­til the fi­nal two episodes, when fi­nally – bless­edly – the sun comes out from be­hind the clouds and all is made clear. Sure, there are some mys­ter­ies left unresolved when the fi­nal cred­its roll, but by and large the show does sign off with its cen­tral enigma solved. And a bloody sat­is­fy­ing one it is, too, from a haunt­ing uni­verse which will stay with you for a long time.

Ex­tras A quick re­minder of the events of se­ries one. Jayne Nel­son

Haunt­ing – will stay with you for a long time

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