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The Returned US - (S01E04)

Horror . Drama . Science Fiction . Fantasy

The tension between Lena and Camille continues to escalate.

Episode Title: Victor
Airs: 2015-3-30 at 10:00 pm
  • Vicki Hyman

    It's not a talky show; there's as much to be gleaned here in what is not said as what is. The moodiness of the production also goes a long way in helping us suspend our disbelief.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    What Cuse and Tucker have done best is maintain the eerie tone and feel from the original.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Tom Long

    There are a lot of characters and talent involved here--Mary Elizabeth Winstead notably plays the bride who was left behind--but The Returned is very much a show propelled forward by its story and the questions it raises.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Though his [Carlton Cuse's] version is not quite as eerie and enigmatic as the French version, it's still pretty dang eerie and enigmatic, particularly for those watching the story unfold for the first time.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The final sequence in the premiere doesn’t quite work like it did in the original, and the small-town atmosphere of dread isn’t quite the same, but these are minor complaints for a surprisingly effective drama. Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    All told, a heavily crowded series, stuffed with characters and interwoven tales of vengeance, betrayal, murder--unyielding in its darkness, unfailing in its power to hold you in its grip.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    An artfully engrossing remake. [9-16 Mar 2015, p.13]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Alex McCown

    For those who haven’t seen the source material, this will be a fun, exciting journey, and you can be assured that you are in capable, firmly non-French, hands.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The cast mines genuine heartache in the mysterious.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    As a mystery, it's still compelling. but not quite as deep. [13 Mar 2015, p.64]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matthew Poland

    The Returned is little more than a nimble translation, but the material is strong enough to reward its staunch fidelity.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The critical success of the original “Returned,” as well as brainier zombie shows such as BBC America’s “In the Flesh,” has spawned other American knockoffs, such as ABC’s “Resurrection,” the kind of series that reminds us that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but only if it’s done as well as A&E’s The Returned.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Cuse and Tucker (the latter also worked on True Blood) do a good job of translating the deeply unsettling miracle at the heart of this show.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    The Returned has the nightmarish quality of a ghost story, but could benefit from some of Norma Bates' frenzied energy.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Ennenga (last seen in “Treme”), Wright and Pellegrino are in a way the show’s emotional linchpins, and they’re very good at capturing the mix of relief and confusion the situation elicits.

    Variety Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Slow and mournful, The Returned is interesting but not, in the early going, enormously compelling.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Elisabeth Vincentelli

    Mood is key with a fantastical show like this one, but while the new series is far from terrible, it also feels a little soulless. This partly has to do with the cast, largely made up of journeyman actors with little individual presence.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Possibly because it works so hard to mimic the original’s gloomy restraint, The Returned feels strained.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    This version has a brisker pace than the fine French original, though it wouldn’t be called action-packed. With its ominous and dark undertone, call it cerebral sci-fi.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The original French version of The Returned embraced spooky stillness, and the American version attempts to do this, too, but succeeds to a lesser extent. And while there’s at least a language barrier reason for remaking the French version of “The Returned”--unlike Fox’s “Gracepoint,” a remake of BBC America’s English-language “Broadchurch”--that’s still not enough creative justification for this identical, second version of the same show to exist.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Mekeisha Madden Toby

    A serviceable but mostly by-the-numbers remake of a brilliantly nuanced French series.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Take away the various visual, audio and tonal flourishes that distinguished the original, and you have a bunch of familiar American actors--the cast also includes Mark Pellegrino, Jeremy Sisto, Kevin Alejandro and Michelle Forbes--standing around slack-jawed, demonstrating minimal curiosity over why this is happening and what it means.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    It's almost a shot-for-shot remake of the original, but that's not what makes this version a derivative TV zombie. It's the lack of atmosphere and the near-complete absence of a mournful, mysterious tone that makes the new version feel empty and hollow.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    [A] vastly inferior product, which lacks spark and purpose.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review

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