The Returned – Adele: The French supernatural series offers up more mysteries ahead of next week’s finale

by | Jul 22, 2013 | All, Reviews

Tempting
though it is to base this entire review around my appreciation of Lena’s hair
(so long, so shiny, so Pre-Raphaelite) I shall drag myself back to trying to
find answers to the numerous questions this thriller poses.

*thinks for a
few moments*

Nope, nada. I
do not have a clue. All I know is that next week’s finale is going to be a
cracker. Though sadly, as a second series has been commissioned, it is unlikely
that all will be explained next week.

So what do we
know so far?

The Returned,
who are numerous, cannot be killed. However, both Camille and Simon are
starting to develop wounds similar to Victor’s. Are they decomposing?

Lucy, the
clairvoyant whose powers only work when she’s in flagrante delicto, is very keen
on Simon (aren’t we all dear, join the queue) and also very pleased when the
woodland Returnees turn up en masse. If I saw a large gang of the undead
approaching me in the gloom, I’d be terrified. Lucy, by contrast, appears smug.

Not however,
as smug as Pierre. This week, he takes Claire down to the Helping Hand’s
basement. Another place I’d be terrified to go. Sure enough, after the
practical store of food, there’s a cage full of weapons. Clearly someone’s
expecting a battle. As if that wasn’t creepy enough, Pierre then reveals an
operating room. Whether it’s intended for the Returnees or the living we have
yet to find out, but his cultish zeal makes me think that for many of our
characters, it ain’t gonna end well.

Other
characters having issues this week were Serge and Toni, and Laure, Julie and
Victor. Both groups discovered that the town had yet another mystery, no one
can leave. Oh yes, just like the Hotel California, anyone who tries to escape
ends up going round in circles. What I haven’t fathomed yet (apart from why?)
is whether they are stuck in a loop or if they can return to the town.

If they can,
it’s likely that Laure, Julie and Victor will be supported by Adele and Chloe,
having shown off their respective links to the undead. Unlike poor Toni, who
has lost Serge to the lake after they tried to swim across. Has Serge been
sucked in by the drowned village or will he turn up again?

The stage
seems to be set for a battle, and not just between the Returned and the living.
So far we have Lucy and her band of woodlanders, Pierre and his commune, and
then several rogue members. Is Thomas out to rid the world of returnees or will
he team up with Simon to keep Adele and Chloe safe. Will Camille and Lena’s
reunion lead to a defeat of Pierre? Will the town flood so the villagers can
get revenge?

And how did
Mme Costa die? She’s telling different versions to everyone, but it did ring
true that she was part of the old village, which makes Victor part of it too. I
hope some of these questions are answered next week, but the programme makers
have certainly done enough to make sure I’ll be tuning in for Series 2.

Contributed by Victoria Prior

Vicky Prior

Vicky Prior

22/07/2013

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