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1.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed nonsense, beautifully done., 17 Jan. 2014
This review is from: The Returned - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
This series lives up to most of it's accolades. It is beautifully shot; like a piece of art. The soundtrack is perfect, the acting is mostly good and it is captivating, haunting, shocking etc, etc, etc. I actually recommend watching it. However, we are being duped here and I think too many people are rating it highly before finishing the series. It promised so much. The writer Fabrice Gobert has done many interviews and he didn't write a second series until he was asked. This story was never going anywhere and I realised this after four episodes. He asked so many tantalising questions that it became obvious it wasn't going to be tied up in any coherent way. Everyone is forgiving the fact that almost none of the questions have been answered because they're waiting for the second series. Gobert had no grand plot and our answers won't all be revealed and tied together in a spectacularly clever way in the second series because it's all just disjointed nonsense, albeit shot in the most stunning way. All style and very little substance. I think it's offensive to expect an audience to swallow that no matter how pretty it is.
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Initial post: 10 Dec 2014 18:11:20 GMT
D. J. Gomm says:
Spot on!

Posted on 17 Jan 2015 15:01:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2015 15:01:48 GMT
I agree with much of your review but disagree with your conclusion, I rate it 5 stars plus.
Where you see the unresolved nature of the story lines a weakness I see them as a strength.
Real life is messy, things happen and we can't explain why, when bad things happen to us we often moan, "Why me?" we we should just say, "Why not me?" Life is not neat, I am sure my life will not end with all it's various strands neatly concluded and tied together.
By making this series reflect the messy incoherent mess of life it makes it more realistic and thus more haunting (for me anyway).

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2015 22:56:00 GMT
M. B. Wright says:
Thanks for taking an interest in my humble opinion. I like your take on it too. I think your interpretation of it fits nicely with your philosophical view on life; a view I share with you. That wasn't Gobert's intention however. He just knocked out some half assed concepts and threw them together like a child might attempt fiction. It has absolutely no substance to it. The series is very watchable because of the direction and the sum of the rest of its parts but come on: give us at least ONE answer to the many tantalising questions.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2015 20:07:24 BDT
even as a journey
a journey not reaching a destination it is great stylised storytelling and streets ahead of anything in the UK.
Closure?
yep it would be nice but look at Twin peaks or Sopranos.......
maybe enjoying the journey is more important than reaching the end or achieving closure

Frankly I'd rather have a series two of this to look forward to than anything else that is part of domestic output, and even in the great heritage of storytelling a sense of real closure is really there for children.
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