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The Returned A&E India Ennenga

Review by C.J. Bunce

Fans of Twin Peaks, American remakes of European series, fans of Tim Seeley and Mike Norton’s Revival, the short-lived Under the Dome, Malcolm McDowell and David Warner’s Time After Time, and anyone after the next great, creepy mystery series take note: A&E’s The Returned has so much going for it you’ll want to watch it twice.  What would you do if someone close to you that died prematurely suddenly walked back into your life, alive and well, just as you remembered them?  Would you scream, cheer, cry, laugh, be afraid?  You’ll ask that question over and over as you watch the residents of a small Pacific Northwest town as they react to the formerly dead as they re-enter their lives.  It’s compelling stuff.

The Returned is an American remake of the French series Les Revenants (French for The Returned and the double meaning of a ghost returning from the dead), which itself is entering its second season on the Sundance Channel (with English subtitles) and was based on a 2004 French film of the same name.  Fans of any one of the many well-known character actors will have an easy excuse to give the American show a try.  The Returned features a top-notch cast, including Michelle Forbes (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Battlestar Galactica, Orphan Black, Homicide), Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order, Clueless, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits), Carl Lumbly (Chuck, Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files), Mark Pellegrino (The Closer, Chuck, Castle, The X-Files, Lost, Supernatural), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica, iZombie), and Kevin Alejandro, who we most recently saw as Sebastian Blood on CW’s Arrow.  But the best on the series may be the perpetually young-looking Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Final Destination 3, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Sky High, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Thing, Live Free or Die Hard, Tru Calling) as the troubled former fiancée of one of the Returned, newcomer India Ennenga as Camille, the most interesting of the Returned, Tandi Wright (Jack the Giant Slayer) as her mother, and Sophie Lowe as her “older” twin sister.  But we’ve seen many a series with great actors but backed by a less than desired story.  Not so here.

Winstead in The Returned

Comparing the original to the remake can be a bit of a fun game to play in itself.  When the American actress mother encounters her dead daughter for the first time, she inspires a humorous viewer reaction, but with the French actress, the response is full of fear and shock.  Both series are billed as supernatural dramas, but Les Revenants’ photography and music appear as more on the horror end of the spectrum.  On paper these are zombie series, but from the first two episodes they seem far from other entries in that genre.  You’ll get the Twin Peaks vibe instantly, but without David Lynch’s trademark quirkiness.  The return of a serial killer from the past may have you recalling Jack the Ripper’s return in Time After Time, or the recent BBC America series Intruders.  But you won’t find any ghoulish shambling goons here.

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Arrow logo Season 2

Last month we learned that Summer Glau had joined the Season Two cast of CW Network’s Arrow series, slated to play Oliver Queen’s business rival Isabel Rochev in a recurring role.  Since then Arrow’s creators have revealed even more about Season Two.

Enter The Flash

First, the big news is bringing in fellow Justice Leaguer Dr. Barry Allan aka The Flash in at least three episodes next season, with the possibility of a spinoff series of his own (although we wonder how you can possibly beat the original The Flash TV series, which remains not only at the top of the superhero TV efforts but also qualifies as one of the best appearances of a superhero in any medium).  According to series executive producer Andrew Kreisberg at a press briefing when The Flash reveal was announced, “When you first meet Barry Allen, he’s just a forensic scientist working for the Starling City Police Department so, he’s just an ordinary man when we meet him.”  We won’t see The Flash until the 8th episode of Season Two, and no actor has yet been announced for the role.

New Black Canary

A new Black Canary

Wait a second.  Laurel Lance is Black Canary, right?  Or at least Dinah Lance was Black Canary for decades in the comic book history of the character.  Turns out CW revealed actress Caity Lotz (Mad Men) has been tapped to play Black Canary on the series.  So what gives?  Kreisberg has been interviewed and he seems to be sidestepping the question while seeming to reveal that Laurel Lance will be Black Canary, but somehow after Lotz fills the role.  Sounds to us like Laurel may take the mantle from Lotz down the road, much like Laurel took the Black Canary title from her mother in the historic DC Universe.  The Arrow writers can juggle the DCU characters but won’t move too far off the mark.  We think fans will not be happy if they don’t get to see Katie Cassidy as Black Canary.

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