Note to my readers of a new series-the Swedish series Jordskott-coming soon to ITV Encore channel or Sky channel number 123 on Virgin Media TV in the UK-Update & Correction-Virgin Media does not have Sky channel 123. I do have channel number 123 but it is called “Pick” On Virgin Media TV. Plus a note of Humans coming soon and Sense Eight on Netflix.

http://www.sky.com/tv/show/jordskott/article/brand-new-and-exclusive-to-itv-encore

http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/itv-encore-acquires-swedish-drama-jordskott

Jordskott. Thursday 12th March 2015.
So I spotted an ad for this series-which is “coming soon” so the TV advertisement says..
It is a nordic-noir mystery-hurray!  Quoted from second link above:

“ITV encore has acquired Jordskott, the critically acclaimed Nordic mystery.  The ten-part series ..premièred on SVT in February to critical and ratings success.”

“Jordskott is set deep in the ancient forests of Sweden.  Seven years after the disappearance of her daughter Josefine, police investigator Eva Thörnblad is still trying to cope with the grief of her loss.  Even though her daughter was said to have drowned, Eva knows in her heart that someone had taken her child on that fateful day by the Silverhöld lake.

“So when a young boy goes missing in the same forest of Silverhöld, Eva returns to delve into the dark mystery that haunts her.  As she is drawn into the investigation she learns that there is a much deeper and darker force in operation but how far is she willing to go to protect the one she loves!”

***

Humans-Channel Four
Nb. So I will also be looking out for the remake of the Swedish original of Humans, coming soon to Channel Four in the UK The original name of which I will look up.  Because so far-in the increasingly extended TV trailers for it: Humans is looking good.

***
Sense Eight-a new Netflix Series.
I was sent details of this by Netflix and saw the brief trailer.  Looks interesting:
Voiceover:
“Eight cities, eight people, one connection.. you have seven other selves now…”

Lots of fighting and generic action, not sure if it’s my cup of tea.

***
Postcript.

So I am really enjoying Wayward Pines (if that is the right word) on Fox Channel currently and the series Between-on Netflix.  Both of them are so far I feel, proving to be excellent.

Oh yes and let’s not forget the incredible Gotham (now ended) and the unique and one-off original- Bates Motel. Brilliant. Pretty much. In my opinion.

Then there was the Italian series, 1992,  Verily, I have been dwelling in the oasis of the televisual desert.  Or an oasis.  And the oasis has been stocked plentifully indeed.

***

Note to my readers of a new series-the Swedish series Jordskott-coming soon to ITV Encore channel or Sky channel number 123 on Virgin Media TV in the UK-Update & Correction-Virgin Media does not have Sky channel 123. I do have channel number 123 but it is called “Pick” On Virgin Media TV. Plus a note of Humans coming soon and Sense Eight on Netflix.

http://www.sky.com/tv/show/jordskott/article/brand-new-and-exclusive-to-itv-encore

http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/itv-encore-acquires-swedish-drama-jordskott

Jordskott. Thursday 12th March 2015.
So I spotted an ad for this series-which is “coming soon” so the TV advertisement says..
It is a nordic-noir mystery-hurray!  Quoted from second link above:

“ITV encore has acquired Jordskott, the critically acclaimed Nordic mystery.  The ten-part series ..premièred on SVT in February to critical and ratings success.”

“Jordskott is set deep in the ancient forests of Sweden.  Seven years after the disappearance of her daughter Josefine, police investigator Eva Thörnblad is still trying to cope with the grief of her loss.  Even though her daughter was said to have drowned, Eva knows in her heart that someone had taken her child on that fateful day by the Silverhöld lake.

“So when a young boy goes missing in the same forest of Silverhöld, Eva returns to delve into the dark mystery that haunts her.  As she is drawn into the investigation she learns that there is a much deeper and darker force in operation but how far is she willing to go to protect the one she loves!”

***

Humans-Channel Four
Nb. So I will also be looking out for the remake of the Swedish original of Humans, coming soon to Channel Four in the UK The original name of which I will look up.  Because so far-in the increasingly extended TV trailers for it: Humans is looking good.

***
Sense Eight-a new Netflix Series.
I was sent details of this by Netflix and saw the brief trailer.  Looks interesting:
Voiceover:
“Eight cities, eight people, one connection.. you have seven other selves now…”

Lots of fighting and generic action, not sure if it’s my cup of tea.

***
Postcript.


So I am really enjoying Wayward Pines (if that is the right word) on Fox Channel currently and the series Between-on Netflix.  Both of them are so far I feel, proving to be excellent.

Oh yes and let’s not forget the incredible Gotham (now ended) and the unique and one-off original- Bates Motel. Brilliant. Pretty much. In my opinion.

Then there was the Italian series, 1992,  Verily, I have been dwelling in the oasis of the televisual desert.  Or an oasis.  And the oasis has been stocked plentifully indeed.

***

The Game-a one-off Review of Episodes One and Two-some notes and dialogue on first watching with review at the end. Minor Spoilers only. On in the UK on BBC Two Thursdays @ 9pm. Catch up on BBC i-player

The Game 

Episodes One and Two only.

Episode One.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Bobby Waterhouse: Spy Chief
“(this is when i decided I liked The Game-when he said this and that I would write about it)
“A jigsaw?”
“I mean, planned in the shadows?”
“What is he talking about?”
“I hate it when they try to be enigmatic”!

The Russian man is called Arkady.  Like one of the men in the KGB office in the series The Americans was.

MI5 Chief: (called “Daddy”)
“The man who raises the killer arm..”
“leaves his heart exposed..”

Then the spy chief Bobby Waterhouse goes home.  To his mother.
Bobby to his mother:
“Daddy has formed a special committee..”
Mother:
“Darling, you will bring glory to the Hercules name!”
Then:
I had to rewind the drama to make sure I had seen what I saw.  Oo err.

So I was convinced the Russian guy was John Sims but I think the Policeman is him.  Or I could be seeing John Sims everywhere.

So the man with the mother (Bobby Waterhouse) is the “Head of Counter Espionage”.

The policeman John Sims says to the inscrutable curly haired and fringed spy:
“I don’t like your world”
“You’re arrogant, you think you’re above the law..”

Then the hero spy guy has a hard line on spy talk and an excellent game.  Spy game.  He is soon shocking the policeman.  Of course the curly haired handsome guy has a secret quest/ back-story.  His accent is rather variable by the way.

I’m not really sure that a small crack team of assorted boffins and cool inscrutable blue eyed blazing hero isn’t a little bit sterotypical.

The “tech” or rather not tech guy is almost officially Aspergers like in his behaviour.  Then, when affixed to the recording machine, surrounded by the crack team, he relates the detail in the next room like a sound whisperer.

It/ the effect is as if he was the usual computer whizz relating everything that was happening on screen.  Would this really have happened?  Why am I asking that.  It’s a drama.  However it smacks a little of transplanting modern day dramatic devices back in time.  Perhaps.

The set-up.  It all goes horribly wrong.  I’m sure.  Well I haven’t seen the outcome yet.
One of the team:
“Four flights of stairs?”
“It’s a lot”.
Yes.  It is.

It (The Policeman) is John Sims, it is.  He is such a chameleon.

The sound guy and his wife Sarah.
Her:
“The geese fly south in the winter..”
Him:
“But the eggs are plentiful..”

So the handsome hero (Joe) looks completely fabulous in a raincoat.  In the smoky blue night.  Smoking and so on.

Likewise the set up between Joe and the Policeman is a bit corny.  As in modern day.

***

Episode Two.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Daddy: (Head Chief spy)
“We endanger the few, to protect the many..”

The drop.  Our hero is reading a newspaper too.  On a bench.

Joe to Arkady: (the Russian spy)
“What happened?”
In the Men’s toilets.
“He wanted sex!”  says Arkady.

Joe to Arkady:
“I told him it was his chance to be a hero..”
Yes.  He (Joe) tells everyone that.
That and you can work towards something greater than us.  Or summat.

There is something of Sean Connery about the actor playing Arkady.

Nb. The Game has a very cool beginning by the way.  Newspaper cuttings, bleached out and Cyrillic lettering.

From the other (previous) episode-not sure if they really would have told rape jokes then.

Arkady:
“Mr. Mallory,I bring you greetings from your Aunt in Somerset..”
Mallory:
“My Aunt,I don’t have an aunt..”
“Oh yeah“..

Sarah to Joe:
“How about doing your job, instead of this ridiculous quest for truth and vengeance?”

Ah.  But that wouldn’t be any fun, would it.

(flashback time)
Joe and his chalk and his beloved.
Joe:
“See this?”
He continues: (apparently assuming they don’t have chalk in Poland/ Russia)
“I bought it in W.H. Smith”!
Fascinating, Joe.

Me-I think that the whole operation is a set-up. Joe’s girlfriends happening is a set up.  It’s all a set-up.  But then I’ve seen two series of the excellent series The Americans.

The Game is a bit like a British version of The Americans.

Joe is like the solo version of Elizabeth in The Americans.  He is the honey trap.  He turns the potential victim into a spy.  Then looks on dispassionately as they declare their love for him as either alive or eventually as they expire.  Usually in their spy controller’s arms.    Elizabeth in The Americans.  Joe in The Game.

I dunno.  The action and feel of the drama went all a bit daft then I thought and very dated.  But then it is in the past I guess.

Yes.  The Game went a bit like The Avengers back then in flavour.  Except there is no high kicking Diana Rigg.  Guess women didn’t fight back then.  Melodramatic music ensues.

More running down flights of stairs by Joe.  There is a lot of running down stairs.  They are not great believers in lifts apparently-the MI5.

Here comes Joe again.  Looking fabulous and moody and somehow smouldering.  All in the rain with a big black umbrella.  down the neon sign lit alleyway.  Brothels being just around the corner supposedly.

I am liking Bobby Waterhouse and really hope he doesn’t do something silly.

This has to be the sixties surely, not the seventies.  There is a less than jolly TV advert about what to do in the case of a nuclear attack.
TV:
“Move down to the bunker, if there is a body, leave it alone, covered over..”

The young woman spy (Wendy) to Bobby:
“Wait!”
“They can’t see your face!”
“You’re Head of Counter Espionage!”

Bobby is brave or getting brave.  Plus he has the most incredible three piece suit of a soft flannel.  Which he wears with aplomb.

Woman to Bobby:
“No, he might see you, let me go,”
“I’ll bring him up..”
Down the stairs she goes.  Stairs.  We know stairs are unlucky already.

By the way I think I know who the mole is.  I may be wrong.

Bobby and Wendy.
Bobby:
“I’m just going to pop my hand, there!”
Officially awkward.
Bobby continues:
“I’m going to give it a jolly old squeeze now!”

The guy who played Luther’s mad best friend is the baddie- Tom.

Tom:(to Joe)
“You know what they promised me, the comrades?”
“A statue in Gorky Park, a national day, a line of supplicant women..”
or summat like that.

Joe and Tom have a smoke-off in the interview.

Hard-faced and coal-eyed Sarah with her black beehive glares.  Whilst sitting in a stylish yet faded armchair.

***


Review of The Game-first two episodes.

So I didn’t review The Game at the time of seeing it.  Mainly I suppose because I jumped ship after episode two.  I did want to like The Game.  The drama seemed like it could be fun to write about. One of those series.  Or be interesting even.

But The Game was just a bit blah.  A bit bland as a drama.  Only really in it’s overall feel, to me anyway, as a cogent piece.  The story-lines seemed all over the place.  Almost  generic in nature.

Perhaps that is the problem with a spy story.  which is a genre in itself already.  A spy story cannot help but be generic.

We all know the drill.  The classic conundrums of such a story are already familiar to the viewer: betrayal (of one’s country) for the defector, subterfuge, lies deceit.  Deep. Cover.  Then exactly the same sometimes: for the spy on the Other Side.  Who falls in love with- you guessed it.

Still, all this could be good and should.  The Game is certainly a veritable and accurate, in fact painstakingly created depiction of the period’s style.

***


Footnotes.

The Game is incredibly and utterly stylish of course.

***

W.H. Smith is a chain of stationery stores in the UK.

***

Watching the Game reminded me of The Americans.  Then I find out that there has been a series Three of The Americans.  Noo!  We have missed that here then.

***

The Game-a one-off Review of Episodes One and Two-some notes and dialogue on first watching with review at the end. Minor Spoilers only. On in the UK on BBC Two Thursdays @ 9pm. Catch up on BBC i-player

The Game 

Episodes One and Two only.


Episode One.
Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Bobby Waterhouse: Spy Chief
“(this is when i decided I liked The Game-when he said this and that I would write about it)
“A jigsaw?”
“I mean, planned in the shadows?”
“What is he talking about?”
“I hate it when they try to be enigmatic”!

The Russian man is called Arkady.  Like one of the men in the KGB office in the series The Americans was.

MI5 Chief: (called “Daddy”)
“The man who raises the killer arm..”
“leaves his heart exposed..”

Then the spy chief Bobby Waterhouse goes home.  To his mother.
Bobby to his mother:
“Daddy has formed a special committee..”
Mother:
“Darling, you will bring glory to the Hercules name!”
Then:
I had to rewind the drama to make sure I had seen what I saw.  Oo err.

So I was convinced the Russian guy was John Sims but I think the Policeman is him.  Or I could be seeing John Sims everywhere.

So the man with the mother (Bobby Waterhouse) is the “Head of Counter Espionage”.

The policeman John Sims says to the inscrutable curly haired and fringed spy:
“I don’t like your world”
“You’re arrogant, you think you’re above the law..”

Then the hero spy guy has a hard line on spy talk and an excellent game.  Spy game.  He is soon shocking the policeman.  Of course the curly haired handsome guy has a secret quest/ back-story.  His accent is rather variable by the way.

I’m not really sure that a small crack team of assorted boffins and cool inscrutable blue eyed blazing hero isn’t a little bit sterotypical.

The “tech” or rather not tech guy is almost officially Aspergers like in his behaviour.  Then, when affixed to the recording machine, surrounded by the crack team, he relates the detail in the next room like a sound whisperer.

It/ the effect is as if he was the usual computer whizz relating everything that was happening on screen.  Would this really have happened?  Why am I asking that.  It’s a drama.  However it smacks a little of transplanting modern day dramatic devices back in time.  Perhaps.

The set-up.  It all goes horribly wrong.  I’m sure.  Well I haven’t seen the outcome yet.
One of the team:
“Four flights of stairs?”
“It’s a lot”.
Yes.  It is.

It (The Policeman) is John Sims, it is.  He is such a chameleon.

The sound guy and his wife Sarah.
Her:
“The geese fly south in the winter..”
Him:
“But the eggs are plentiful..”

So the handsome hero (Joe) looks completely fabulous in a raincoat.  In the smoky blue night.  Smoking and so on.

Likewise the set up between Joe and the Policeman is a bit corny.  As in modern day.

***

Episode Two.

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Daddy: (Head Chief spy)
“We endanger the few, to protect the many..”

The drop.  Our hero is reading a newspaper too.  On a bench.

Joe to Arkady: (the Russian spy)
“What happened?”
In the Men’s toilets.
“He wanted sex!”  says Arkady.

Joe to Arkady:
“I told him it was his chance to be a hero..”
Yes.  He (Joe) tells everyone that.
That and you can work towards something greater than us.  Or summat.

There is something of Sean Connery about the actor playing Arkady.

Nb. The Game has a very cool beginning by the way.  Newspaper cuttings, bleached out and Cyrillic lettering.

From the other (previous) episode-not sure if they really would have told rape jokes then.

Arkady:
“Mr. Mallory,I bring you greetings from your Aunt in Somerset..”
Mallory:
“My Aunt,I don’t have an aunt..”
“Oh yeah“..

Sarah to Joe:
“How about doing your job, instead of this ridiculous quest for truth and vengeance?”

Ah.  But that wouldn’t be any fun, would it.

(flashback time)
Joe and his chalk and his beloved.
Joe:
“See this?”
He continues: (apparently assuming they don’t have chalk in Poland/ Russia)
“I bought it in W.H. Smith”!
Fascinating, Joe.

Me-I think that the whole operation is a set-up. Joe’s girlfriends happening is a set up.  It’s all a set-up.  But then I’ve seen two series of the excellent series The Americans.

The Game is a bit like a British version of The Americans.

Joe is like the solo version of Elizabeth in The Americans.  He is the honey trap.  He turns the potential victim into a spy.  Then looks on dispassionately as they declare their love for him as either alive or eventually as they expire.  Usually in their spy controller’s arms.    Elizabeth in The Americans.  Joe in The Game.

I dunno.  The action and feel of the drama went all a bit daft then I thought and very dated.  But then it is in the past I guess.

Yes.  The Game went a bit like The Avengers back then in flavour.  Except there is no high kicking Diana Rigg.  Guess women didn’t fight back then.  Melodramatic music ensues.

More running down flights of stairs by Joe.  There is a lot of running down stairs.  They are not great believers in lifts apparently-the MI5.

Here comes Joe again.  Looking fabulous and moody and somehow smouldering.  All in the rain with a big black umbrella.  down the neon sign lit alleyway.  Brothels being just around the corner supposedly.

I am liking Bobby Waterhouse and really hope he doesn’t do something silly.

This has to be the sixties surely, not the seventies.  There is a less than jolly TV advert about what to do in the case of a nuclear attack.
TV:
“Move down to the bunker, if there is a body, leave it alone, covered over..”

The young woman spy (Wendy) to Bobby:
“Wait!”
“They can’t see your face!”
“You’re Head of Counter Espionage!”

Bobby is brave or getting brave.  Plus he has the most incredible three piece suit of a soft flannel.  Which he wears with aplomb.

Woman to Bobby:
“No, he might see you, let me go,”
“I’ll bring him up..”
Down the stairs she goes.  Stairs.  We know stairs are unlucky already.

By the way I think I know who the mole is.  I may be wrong.

Bobby and Wendy.
Bobby:
“I’m just going to pop my hand, there!”
Officially awkward.
Bobby continues:
“I’m going to give it a jolly old squeeze now!”

The guy who played Luther’s mad best friend is the baddie- Tom.

Tom:(to Joe)
“You know what they promised me, the comrades?”
“A statue in Gorky Park, a national day, a line of supplicant women..”
or summat like that.

Joe and Tom have a smoke-off in the interview.

Hard-faced and coal-eyed Sarah with her black beehive glares.  Whilst sitting in a stylish yet faded armchair.

***



Review of The Game-first two episodes.

So I didn’t review The Game at the time of seeing it.  Mainly I suppose because I jumped ship after episode two.  I did want to like The Game.  The drama seemed like it could be fun to write about. One of those series.  Or be interesting even.

But The Game was just a bit blah.  A bit bland as a drama.  Only really in it’s overall feel, to me anyway, as a cogent piece.  The story-lines seemed all over the place.  Almost  generic in nature.

Perhaps that is the problem with a spy story.  which is a genre in itself already.  A spy story cannot help but be generic.

We all know the drill.  The classic conundrums of such a story are already familiar to the viewer: betrayal (of one’s country) for the defector, subterfuge, lies deceit.  Deep. Cover.  Then exactly the same sometimes: for the spy on the Other Side.  Who falls in love with- you guessed it.

Still, all this could be good and should.  The Game is certainly a veritable and accurate, in fact painstakingly created depiction of the period’s style.

***



Footnotes.


The Game is incredibly and utterly stylish of course.

***

W.H. Smith is a chain of stationery stores in the UK.

***

Watching the Game reminded me of The Americans.  Then I find out that there has been a series Three of The Americans.  Noo!  We have missed that here then.

***

The Returned (remake) Episodes nine and ten-final episode-some notes and dialogue with final review at the end. Minor spoilers only. A Netflix original. First aired in the UK on…..

The Returned.

Episodes Nine and ten and final review at the end.

Episode nine

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Cat Stevens-Wild World plays-sigh.

Nb.  Helen was married to George Costa.

Some characters are different in the remake.  Or it may be my take on the drama this time.  Certainly the remake does seem to explain more in terms of depth and understanding..motivations for the characters.

Peter:
“William Goodwin said..loss is greater in him that survives”

I swear that Pierre, or rather Peter is more like a guru or religious leader.  Indeed the whole memorial service  was bordering on some kind of worship.

OMG: so there is a big surprise at the end.  Plus I was very surprised that it was the end like- what?
Oh well.  Short but sweet.  Sinister too.

***


Episode Ten

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Previously..
Ben Hunter and Camille.
Ben:
“Camille?!

Helen Costa:
“This town is cursed, Caldwell and everybody in it”

Peter makes a surprising confession.  To his mob of quasi-religious followers.  I mean grieving parents.  The support group.

We find out the story of Peter..
(flashback time)
Peter’s friend:
“You won’t make it without me!
Blimey. this is cheerful.  Not.  We see the paper back-On The road by Jack Kerouac.

Present Day.
Peter looks at an old photo.

Musical notes in brackets

Lucy comes to look at the mural painted on the town wall.  With all the people who died when the dam burst (painted) on it.
(eerie whispering and calling)

Song:
“I stand in the land”
Of the rocks of the valley”..

Lucy and Jack.
Lucy:
“The voices, they said something bad is going to happen..”

Rowan to Pastor Watson:
Crying.  Darkly beautiful in a pale white gown.
“Something bad’s gonna happen..”

Then a beautiful stranger turns up./  Rock music playing.  Showing she is officially cool.

Helen Costas is driving along when a vision appears in the back seat.  Something odd is rolling around on the bottom of the car floor.

Peter and Claire have a heart to heart.
Which doesn’t go well.

So Julie twigs to what Victor is all about.

Mournful cello music plays.
Are you supposed to have sad music for your wedding?
You just know that it’s all going to go wrong.

Helen to Simon:
“I don’t believe in coincidences..”

So there are some different parts in the remake.  Unless I was too freaked out by the original’s sinisterness and soundtrack to see at the time.

Cellos play Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring.  Lovely.

So things are getting serious.
We see the pearlescent moon over the blue mountains at night.

Somehow the singer makes Wild world by Cat Stevens into a dark and troubling song.

Meanwhile: Helen is on a mission.
(electricity crackling)

Wtf.  (what the fuck)
I don’t remember that bit.

Meanwhile Helen whispers:
“OK George, just like I promised..”

Then things start happening.  Sink-wise.
(voices eerily whispering indistinctly)

Lucy to Rowan:
“I’m supposed to give you a message, when he comes..”
(footsteps thudding rapidly.  water rushing)
Then Simon.  Looks and shouts.
“No! No!”
What.  His vision stops.  Phew.

Simon runs away into the dark blue forest and night. Under the huge bough of an ancient tree.

That’s it.  Over.

***

So I was thinking that episode nine was the final episode: having forgotten that it was weekly instalments.  On that basis I thought the ending was a bit of a cliff-hanger. However the real ending was confusing and peremptory too.  Too soon.  What was that?  Is this really happening?  Is this the.  End.  ha ha.

I dunno.  Is it another of those damn visions?  The multiple flashbacks to the past.  As each returnee so to speak trips back to their past.  usually the day they died.  So if what Simon is seeing is a flashback- he would have to have been present at the original happening. But he was not..Hmm.

There was I predicting calamity at the wedding.  Of Rowan and Tommy Salerno.  Tommy who is grinning in his vows in Church like he was the jolly green giant.  Even ogreish in appearance Tommy was.  Which was odd since he is a very handsome guy.

Other things and even people: Lucy for example were starting to get iffy.  Perhaps it was that weird other worldly pale blue white lighting creating the effect in the Church.  As Tommy grins down at Rowan, radiant in white-with jet black hair and shining eyes. Well they got that bit over with thank goodness.

Because odd things are happening in town.  Electricity is crackling.  Helen, the Maenad from True Blood is on a vengeful but curative (in her mind) mission.   Now possibly locked in the catacombs of concrete.

Can Simon, sympathetic here in the remake as a character to me this time, save the day?

Will Julie, be safe now, having done the right thing finally with Victor?  Will she ever be free of him I wonder.  Is Julie really the Fairy?  She could be.

Who or what-is Victor?  why does he do what he does.  Apart from the obvious.  And so on.

I really enjoyed The Returned.  The drama was fabulously decked out in subtle shades of light and palette pale washes of colour.  The film felt shot crisply , evoking almost, that crisp mountain air. The clarity of light up there.

Then there was the Redwood honey treacle colours of the wooden built houses.  With their interiors created out of the same wood.  The kitchen that does not look like a kitchen.  With giant cabinets of dappled cherry.  Or so it seemed.

I liked that we got more explanation of everything in this American series. Perhaps I should stop comparing the remake with the original.  But some comparisons are valid I think.  That said, I found the ending a little bit underwhelming.  Shocking as it appeared.  We were no wiser really.  The end. Cliff-hanger of course.

Oh yes- I did find this series to be overall less sinister and spooky than the original.  Certainly towards the end- in the last few episodes.  Uncertain as those episodes were in flavour.  And they were.

I guess you never knew quite what you’re going to get in The Returned.  This uncertainty is certainly unsettling.    However The Returned sometimes feels more story than Ghost story.

The characters in The Returned I felt were all good sound and solid performances. Lena for example was a haunting portrayal of a troubled teen.  Likewise Peter, Claire, Jack and   Lucy are all interesting and multi-faceted characters. They as characters are not like they might first appear.  Much like the returnees I suppose.

Then there is Julie and her private suffering.  Outwardly she appears strong and capable.  Which she is.  Julie is a little braver in the remake. In this series Julie just hides things better.

By the end of the series: for may of the mentioned characters they are pushing their way slowly out of a darkness.  A darkness made up of grief.  As William Goodwin said: the suffering is of those left behind.

Meanwhile: some other members of the town seem to be inclined to be moving towards darkness.  Or more strictly speaking,could be said to have emerged out of it and into the light.  Wherever they have been.  Crackling/ cracking out of their chrysalis.

Or maybe I’m just thinking about the sinks.

The Returned: in comparison to the original sometimes feels more story than ghost.  Creepy in flavour though the drama is.  Perhaps in creating a sinister story: sometimes less is more.

****

The Returned (remake) Episodes nine and ten-final episode-some notes and dialogue with final review at the end. Minor spoilers only. A Netflix original. First aired in the UK on…..

The Returned.

Episodes Nine and ten and final review at the end.

Episode nine

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Cat Stevens-Wild World plays-sigh.

Nb.  Helen was married to George Costa.

Some characters are different in the remake.  Or it may be my take on the drama this time.  Certainly the remake does seem to explain more in terms of depth and understanding..motivations for the characters.

Peter:
“William Goodwin said..loss is greater in him that survives”

I swear that Pierre, or rather Peter is more like a guru or religious leader.  Indeed the whole memorial service  was bordering on some kind of worship.

OMG: so there is a big surprise at the end.  Plus I was very surprised that it was the end like- what?
Oh well.  Short but sweet.  Sinister too.

***



Episode Ten

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Previously..
Ben Hunter and Camille.
Ben:
“Camille?!

Helen Costa:
“This town is cursed, Caldwell and everybody in it”

Peter makes a surprising confession.  To his mob of quasi-religious followers.  I mean grieving parents.  The support group.

We find out the story of Peter..
(flashback time)
Peter’s friend:
“You won’t make it without me!
Blimey. this is cheerful.  Not.  We see the paper back-On The road by Jack Kerouac.

Present Day.
Peter looks at an old photo.

Musical notes in brackets

Lucy comes to look at the mural painted on the town wall.  With all the people who died when the dam burst (painted) on it.
(eerie whispering and calling)

Song:
“I stand in the land”
Of the rocks of the valley”..

Lucy and Jack.
Lucy:
“The voices, they said something bad is going to happen..”

Rowan to Pastor Watson:
Crying.  Darkly beautiful in a pale white gown.
“Something bad’s gonna happen..”

Then a beautiful stranger turns up./  Rock music playing.  Showing she is officially cool.

Helen Costas is driving along when a vision appears in the back seat.  Something odd is rolling around on the bottom of the car floor.

Peter and Claire have a heart to heart.
Which doesn’t go well.

So Julie twigs to what Victor is all about.

Mournful cello music plays.
Are you supposed to have sad music for your wedding?
You just know that it’s all going to go wrong.

Helen to Simon:
“I don’t believe in coincidences..”

So there are some different parts in the remake.  Unless I was too freaked out by the original’s sinisterness and soundtrack to see at the time.

Cellos play Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring.  Lovely.

So things are getting serious.
We see the pearlescent moon over the blue mountains at night.

Somehow the singer makes Wild world by Cat Stevens into a dark and troubling song.

Meanwhile: Helen is on a mission.
(electricity crackling)

Wtf.  (what the fuck)
I don’t remember that bit.

Meanwhile Helen whispers:
“OK George, just like I promised..”

Then things start happening.  Sink-wise.
(voices eerily whispering indistinctly)


Lucy to Rowan:
“I’m supposed to give you a message, when he comes..”
(footsteps thudding rapidly.  water rushing)
Then Simon.  Looks and shouts.
“No! No!”
What.  His vision stops.  Phew.

Simon runs away into the dark blue forest and night. Under the huge bough of an ancient tree.

That’s it.  Over.

***

So I was thinking that episode nine was the final episode: having forgotten that it was weekly instalments.  On that basis I thought the ending was a bit of a cliff-hanger. However the real ending was confusing and peremptory too.  Too soon.  What was that?  Is this really happening?  Is this the.  End.  ha ha.

I dunno.  Is it another of those damn visions?  The multiple flashbacks to the past.  As each returnee so to speak trips back to their past.  usually the day they died.  So if what Simon is seeing is a flashback- he would have to have been present at the original happening. But he was not..Hmm.

There was I predicting calamity at the wedding.  Of Rowan and Tommy Salerno.  Tommy who is grinning in his vows in Church like he was the jolly green giant.  Even ogreish in appearance Tommy was.  Which was odd since he is a very handsome guy.

Other things and even people: Lucy for example were starting to get iffy.  Perhaps it was that weird other worldly pale blue white lighting creating the effect in the Church.  As Tommy grins down at Rowan, radiant in white-with jet black hair and shining eyes. Well they got that bit over with thank goodness.

Because odd things are happening in town.  Electricity is crackling.  Helen, the Maenad from True Blood is on a vengeful but curative (in her mind) mission.   Now possibly locked in the catacombs of concrete.

Can Simon, sympathetic here in the remake as a character to me this time, save the day?

Will Julie, be safe now, having done the right thing finally with Victor?  Will she ever be free of him I wonder.  Is Julie really the Fairy?  She could be.

Who or what-is Victor?  why does he do what he does.  Apart from the obvious.  And so on.

I really enjoyed The Returned.  The drama was fabulously decked out in subtle shades of light and palette pale washes of colour.  The film felt shot crisply , evoking almost, that crisp mountain air. The clarity of light up there.

Then there was the Redwood honey treacle colours of the wooden built houses.  With their interiors created out of the same wood.  The kitchen that does not look like a kitchen.  With giant cabinets of dappled cherry.  Or so it seemed.

I liked that we got more explanation of everything in this American series. Perhaps I should stop comparing the remake with the original.  But some comparisons are valid I think.  That said, I found the ending a little bit underwhelming.  Shocking as it appeared.  We were no wiser really.  The end. Cliff-hanger of course.

Oh yes- I did find this series to be overall less sinister and spooky than the original.  Certainly towards the end- in the last few episodes.  Uncertain as those episodes were in flavour.  And they were.

I guess you never knew quite what you’re going to get in The Returned.  This uncertainty is certainly unsettling.    However The Returned sometimes feels more story than Ghost story.

The characters in The Returned I felt were all good sound and solid performances. Lena for example was a haunting portrayal of a troubled teen.  Likewise Peter, Claire, Jack and   Lucy are all interesting and multi-faceted characters. They as characters are not like they might first appear.  Much like the returnees I suppose.

Then there is Julie and her private suffering.  Outwardly she appears strong and capable.  Which she is.  Julie is a little braver in the remake. In this series Julie just hides things better.

By the end of the series: for may of the mentioned characters they are pushing their way slowly out of a darkness.  A darkness made up of grief.  As William Goodwin said: the suffering is of those left behind.

Meanwhile: some other members of the town seem to be inclined to be moving towards darkness.  Or more strictly speaking,could be said to have emerged out of it and into the light.  Wherever they have been.  Crackling/ cracking out of their chrysalis.

Or maybe I’m just thinking about the sinks.

The Returned: in comparison to the original sometimes feels more story than ghost.  Creepy in flavour though the drama is.  Perhaps in creating a sinister story: sometimes less is more.

****