Shows like THE RETURNED always throw me for a loop. The plot synopsis for such shows can be very vague, and sometimes it suggests simplicity in nature. But when you watch the show, you get much more than you bargained for. I can say for certainty that this is the case here. I wasn’t expecting much from THE RETURNED, but I was hoping to at least be entertained. I’m happy to report I enjoyed the show and then some. THE RETURNED is a pretty enthralling series, and I wish they had not canceled it.
If you are not familiar with THE RETURNED, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of A&E Studios:
Starring Mark Pellegrino (“Lost”), THE RETURNED™ focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have long been presumed dead, suddenly re-appear and struggle to reintegrate into a world that has left them behind. As strange phenomena begin to occur, family members must grapple with the mysterious return of their deceased love ones.
I am always intrigued when an American show is based on a foreign one. In this case, THE RETURNED is based on a French show of the same name, titled in their language “Les Revenants”. I have not seen the foreign version, but I understand it is a very good show.
THE RETURNED is shot well and appears to have a high production value. The sets are well chosen, and the filming location is beautiful.
The acting is top notch with an all-star cast loaded with talent. I cannot pinpoint a ‘best’ performance, however I will call out Agnes Bruckner and Jeremy Sisto and say they give rock solid portrayals of their characters. The rest of the cast does a great job as well.
The story is interesting, however I wish we could have learned more about the returners and their situation. That is my sole complaint about this series, however it is no fault of the production team. I am sure we, the audience, would have learned more as it progressed, had it not been canceled. Still, I am left with questions that cannot be answered. I will not voice them out loud here, as I don’t want to give anything away.
But regardless, THE RETURNED is still definitely worth the watch, and I recommend it. The series is available now in a variety of formats, so give it a look.