This show is based on the book The Returned by Jason Mott. There is a French show of the same name, as well as a U.S. version of the French one, also titled The Returned. The premise is a fascinating one as the dead mysteriously return to a small town, not as zombies, but exactly as they were when they died. They have no knowledge of what is happening to them, causing fear to run rampant and forcing residents of Arcadia to come to terms with experiences no human has ever had to face before. There is no road map for this sort of thing, but the writers have done an excellent job of accurately portraying all the different facets of human nature. People react in ways that are believable, so even if you don’t agree with their attitudes and actions, it still feels plausible on a gut level. It’s regrettably common to fear something you don’t understand, and in Resurrection, there’s a whole lot of weirdness going on. Highly emotionally charged but in no way flippant or overly melodramatic, this show delves into issues of science, theology, ethics, psychology, paranoia, the supernatural and hysteria. It has undeniable ties to the genres of science fiction and horror, but puts such a unique spin on them as to defy categorization. Full of so many unanswered questions, layer upon layer of mystery, the show tantalizes by spooling out its secrets at a glacial rate. Just when you think you have a good bead on what’s going on, a bombshell drops that totally destroys your previous theory. If you only enjoy hyper-exciting thrillers, this probably won’t be your cup of tea, as it is largely psychological and cerebral. Resurrection challenges you at every turn, giving no easy answers and making the audience really work for any degree of understanding. An amazing cast playing beautifully rounded characters, I thoroughly enjoyed seasons 1 and 2 but am disappointed season 3 will not be forthcoming, so no wrap-up to the story. I’ll have to pick up a copy of the book, which will no doubt be much better than any of the television shows anyway. – BETHANY
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Don’t you just hate it when your dead wife is resurrected and you’ve remarried? Awkward … (Kathleen Munroe as Pastor Hale’s erstwhile wife Rachael)
Sheriff Fred Langston (Matt Craven)
Agent Bellamy (Omar Epps) and Dr. Maggie Langston (Devin Kelly)
The mysterious woman from a shadowy government agency that pops up periodically do say circuitous and cryptic things.
Pastor Tom Hale (Mark Hildreth)
Lucille Langston (Francis Fisher) is overjoyed to see her son Jacob again.
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