In GLITCH (2016), an Australian paranormal dramatic series, resurrection from the dead is approached from a very human angle. James Hayes, a policeman in a small town, is called out due to a disturbance at a local cemetery. Mysteriously, six people have returned from the dead with no memory of who they are and how they lived and died. What follows is a struggle to keep the risen people safe and help them learn about why they came back. The antagonist is a strange force that wants the risen to resume their natural state of death.
The show did very well in Australia, where it aired on ABC, and I was able to watch it on Netflix, which streamed it for international audiences. The show was signed for a second season, which began shooting in late 2016.
Overall, I liked it though I didn’t love it. Something always comes up to prevent genuine conversation, the plot is rife with strange plot questions, and often you ask, why don’t they just do X? In many ways, it rolls out like a typical TV melodrama.
On the plus side, the show’s creators approach the subject in a natural and interesting way. If you returned from the dead to find out you died a hundred years ago, what would that be like? If you returned to find your spouse had moved on, what would you do? The plot questions keep things moving, the characters are interesting, and the acting is good.
Though it won’t be at the top of my list, I’ll be watching the second season.