Category: Canal+

SAFE (Canal+ and Netflix 2018)

SAFE3 Kernels

How does one feel safe in a neighborhood? Does fencing in the community help keep the boogie-man out or does it actually keep the boogie-man safe within? It’s a question that comes up in this interesting series entitled SAFE, which was done by Netflix and Canal+. It’s a pretty intriguing mystery with a surprising twist at the end. Just don’t Google the answer if a certain character makes it or dies before you finish all eight episodes. You are liable to read the spoiler about the end. Ruined it for me!  Dang-it.

The series is set in England and involves an English doctor with two daughters, one of which goes missing after a wild house party she attends. The daughter of one of the parents in the fenced neighborhood has a wild drinking and drug party while her parents are away. Unfortunately, when the host steps outside for a breath of fresh air, she finds a dead body of one of the male attendees floating in the swimming pool.

The deceased is the boyfriend of Tom Delaney’s elder daughter, who hasn’t come home from the night before. As the police deal with the who-done-it questions about the dead boy, Tom is out searching frantically for his daughter.

His search uncovers all sorts of mysteries surrounding his deceased wife, and everything become very convoluted as the web of neighborhood deceit becomes stickier than ever. There are a few subplots along the way regarding others neighbors, and a huge secret that answers all the questions is glossed over early in the series.

It’s a good mystery.  Worth the watch.


The Returned (French TV: Les Revenants) 2012

Okay, I don’t usually get sucked into a program and sit for hours clicking from one episode to another, let alone get the chills from the creepy soundtrack that resounds in your brain. But one day surfing on NetFlix brought me to The Returned, or as the French say it, Les Revenants.  
Yes, you have to read subtitles, unless you got an A in high school French, you won’t understand a word. Nevertheless, that didn’t bother me, because boy this series is nifty.
You know me.  Usually I like British TV, but I must say this story is great.  Since Resurrection started on ABC this season with people coming back from the dead, I had read that some wondered if it was a spinoff from this series.  However, I think it’s similar, but not based on the same underlying premise. 
Let me further state that I am NOT a fan of zombies.  In fact, I have never read a zombie book or seen a zombie movie or watched The Walking Dead. Shocking, I know.  So I am definitely not zombie influenced. (It makes you wonder what the fascination is with all these shows about dead people. No more friendly ghosts. They’ve returned in the flesh.)
I think what drew me into the story, is how it plays out bit by bit like a puzzle of people.  Those who have returned, of course, certainly have a past.  Some don’t know why – others do.  Somehow in this small mountainous town in France, they are all connected.  The location has a tragic history, too, but if I told you the tragedy it would be a spoiler, so I’m not going to do that.
Needless to say it’s worth tuning in.  The end of the first season of eight episodes has left me hanging by a thread.  What’s going to happen next?  Do I have to wait until NetFlix loads Season 2?  Will the humans live?  Will the dead people reign?  Will some of the questions I didn’t know get answered?  The show sort of reminds me of Lost.  You really do get lost in it, because you’re trying to understand what the hell is going on. So you keep tuning in hoping to find the answer.
Looking for a good creepy show?  Tune in to The Returned and sharpen your French.   
There is some violence (serial killer), and a lesbian relationship.  Oh, and it is sexually graphic by the way (between men and women) – lovemaking, boobs, and frontal shots of men well endowed to make you blush. Well, what do you expect? It’s French, and they are open about their sexuality.  And the cast is filled with names I cannot pronounce (from Wikipedia) below:

Au revoir!

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