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The Returned

Saison 1 – Les Revenants Finale

Relations are strained between the living and the dead. The living deeply fear the dead, especially as a newer and more sinister wave of them enters the town.

In the season finale we found out that Victor had been a child 35 years ago when the dam burst and caused multiple deaths. He had been called Louis in those days and played with Serge and his brother Toni who were around the same age group. He also had an older brother. When Julie spotted Toni on top of the dam wall she persuaded him to come down but later in the car when Toni and Victor/Louis were alone in the police car Toni was persuaded that  Serge was in the car with them and that Serge was shooing him to pay him back, The only hands on the gun however were Toni’s so Victor seems able to manipulate reality to get the results he wants. It wasn’t enough for him that Toni had been the one who rescued Julie from his murderous brother in the tunnel years before. Although he has now been alive for decades he seems to have the understanding of a child out to seek revenge. We had another flashback to the final conversation between Victor and his mother when she promised him she would not die and that if she did the fairy would look after him until she returned. The fairy on the cover of his book just happened to resemble Julie, whom he had told previously that she was his fairy.

Camille was disintegrating more and more but Lena told her she was not afraid of her. Frederic also seemed to be still drawn to her although she denied she was Camille – which she might have meant on a deeper level.

Lucy continued to help Simon to try to get both Adele and his daughter. When he broke the news to Adele that she was pregnant with his second child she stabbed him – a condom would have been better perhaps.

Meanwhile at the Helping Hand preparations were being made to survive both lack of food and attack from outside. The approach of a horde of returnees didn’t seem to have altered the mantra that “all are welcome here”. The horde however wanted all the returnees in the Helping Hand to be with them. Some of the living went with the returnees to help them but tellingly none of them were male. The theme of trying to hold on to the dead and abandoning the living may well be what the final message of this series has been.

Disappointingly all the loose ends were not tied up and there will be a new season next year. I only hope they don’t ruin it by turning it into another Lost.


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Les Revenants 7 – Adele

The Segurets gather around Camille, who is accused of being harmful to the living people close to her. Simon investigates the circumstances surrounding his first death, while Pierre starts to assume a leading position in his small community. Julie and Laure want to run away with Victor, but nobody seems able to leave. With Anne Consigny, Frederic Pierrot, and Clotilde Hesme.

So what do we know?

You can check in any time you like but you can never leave.

The returnees are rotting.

Adele and Julie may already be dead.

Victor  shows people visions of the past to help them remember.

Mrs Costa is a harbinger of doom and predicts the future.

Lucy seems to the catalyst, the bridge between the two worlds.

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Les Revenants – Series 1, Episode 6: Lucy

The town is affected by a power cut. Pierre forms a community around Camille, who is now seen as a ‘prophet’. Julie finds refuge at Laure’s house with Victor, whose body is undergoing a strange transformation. Lena grows closer to Serge but has to escape back to the town.

Lucy’s bus pulled into the bus park near the dam with one leaving just as her’s arrived. What would such a small place need such a big bus park for?  Is it a tourist draw? After securing a place to stay in exchange for bar work the scene shifted to an ill advised sexual liaison.Lucy had had sex in order to have spiritual contact with the departed – at least it explained her attraction to Camille and Lena’s father. Anyone less attractive would have been hard to find. The scene shifted to a year later when she was waking up in hospital to be told that her recovery was a miracle. At the same time Frederic and his friend were opening up Camille’s grave only to find that it was full of water, but empty of Camille’s corpse.

Simon appeared to be dead as the medical examiner discussed his shooting with Thomas but when he was wheeled into the morgue cabinet the electricity flickered.

Victor seemed to be rotting along his arm underneath his clothing and was convinced that his rescuer Julie was the fairy that his mother had told him would look after him until she came to fetch him.

Meanwhile Camille’s attempts to convince the parents of the other children who had died in the coach crash that she suddenly remembered their journey over to the other side was interrupted by Thomas arriving at Claire’s house to interview her about Lena’s disappearance.

Talking of which, how do you get a girl to go into a room in your house where you keep the weapons? Why close the door of course. Serge is obviously very conflicted between trying to have a normal relationship with Lena and wanting to kill her – I think she has a small window of opportunity to get out of there but of course they both got swept up in the passionate sex that seems to grip all the returnees.

Adele and her daughter talked about the big questions surrounding suicide and whether Simon would return again. On cue Simon kicked his way out of the morgue fridge and after some more full frontal shots – nice by the way – he got dressed and met with Lucy who led him off to the bar and had sex with him to find out how he had died. His suicide seemed to turn into someone else’s but it seemed unclear to me who it was – it looked like Jerome and perhaps Lena but they looked changed in some way. Others say it was the parents of another child killed in Camille’s bus crash wanting to be reunited with their son but it didn’t look much like them either to be honest.

Lena escaped from Toni and Serge’s cabin above the dam believing that Toni was the one she should fear but as she made her way through the woods towards the town she stumbled across crowds of returnees – obviously who has been attacking the American Diner – and at that moment the episode ended.


Camille seems to have found a purpose and is now much happier – perhaps what we all need even if it is built on lies?

The returnees can’t die and keep coming back.

The returnees seem to be slowly rotting – both Serge and Victor have marks on their arms.

Victor knows something important perhaps – or maybe he is just searching for his next victim.

Lucy uses sex to get pictures from the past but since she died perhaps she is getting pictures of the future?

Those who are nurturing the returned may end up being in danger from them as this town doesn’t seem to be big enough for all of them and the returned without family have no problem attacking the living for the things they need – and they perhaps know they are invincible?

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The Returned – Episode 3 Julie

Determined to come out of hiding and return to something resembling normal life, Camille invents a new identity for herself as ‘cousin Alice’. Meanwhile, her sister Lena finds a strange, fast-spreading scar on her own body. Simon gets closer to Adele, who finally accepts he has returned and is not a manifestation of her grief. But as the dead try to reclaim their lives, for the living, things seem more and more disturbed. Julie’s dark past resurfaces and threatens to destroy her completely.

“Curiouser and curiouser,” cousin Alice might have said.  The living were increasingly challenged by the returning dead in this episode. Camille asked her dad for cigarettes  arguing that she was hardly likely to get cancer but her older twin’s scar was spreading up her back. Camille began to act more and more grown up choosing clothes which were more suitable for the age she would have been if she hadn’t lost 7 years. Sibling rivalry continued apace with both girls going for Frederick in just the same way they had prior to the accident. Silly Frederick was more concerned about the scar on Lena’s back and his big moment was lost.

Simon was released from jail but instead of going to the Helping Hand sought out Julie at the library, keeping the artifice going that she was imagining his appearances. He hadn’t been that keen on them settling down once he realised she was pregnant and perhaps saw this as an easy exit but once he saw his daughter at school he decided to stay. His every move however was being observed by his ex fiancee’s husband.

Freaky child – Victor – immediately went across the hallway to the nosy neighbour as soon as Julie left the apartment. We found out that Julie had been attacked several years before and her lover, who is one of the investigating officers, hadn’t contacted her since. Julie’s scars also seemed worse when she got out of the bath to answer the door. Her memories of her attack came to the fore and she almost succeeded in killing herself with scissors but the child saved her – seeming to understand.Too bad he wasn’t so understanding of the crazy cat lady.

The dam continued to drain away although no breach of the walls could be found and the pub toilets were blocked by stinking dirty water and, just as the butterfly coming back started off the series, a plague of insects infested the home of Camille and Lena in the form of flies devouring a rotting carcass of something in the kitchen bin. It seemed to be a precursor of the final scene of the cats feasting on their former owner. Cats eh – who’d have them?

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