Six empty graves; six confused people roaming the cemetery; six families that will never be the same again. Forget the gore — Australia's hit supernatural drama Glitch is waiting for you over on Netflix, and it is veiled in the mysteries of the undead.
The quiet town of Yoorana is left shaken after six of its residents rise from the dead, unscathed and unaware of where they are. With no recollection of dying, it is left to local police officer James Hayes, played by Patrick Brammall, to discover who the 'immortal' are and the true reason they have reappeared. Although not your typical zombie manifestation, this show will puzzle and unnerve you in equal measure.
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Haven't We Heard This Story Before?
Ghosts, zombies, the paranormal — it has all been done before. The concept reminds us of the Emmy-award winning show The Returned, where countless people returned from the dead to their homes in the french mountains. Somehow, Glitch twists this concept and turns it into something you wouldn't expect. Each sub-human that leaves the cemetery is connected, and their reawakenings have a purpose. The drama and chaos that follow give us insight into the characters, as we uncover what they are doing and why. This — and the shock of them decomposing in front of your very eyes — will have you pressing play for hours on end.
Who Are 'The Risen'?
A 19th-century town mayor, a WW1 solider, and even a teenage girl from the hair-raising '80's era: 'The Risen' are an eclectic bunch, to say the least. This provides plenty of confusion along with a few comedic moments — the unfazed mayor coming across his own statue in the town square (whilst running away from the scene of a crime) was a personal favorite of mine. The six people cannot physically leave Yoorana without becoming nothing but blood and ash — the stakes are high for everyone yet their purpose remains unclear until later on in the season.
Zombies - And Comedy?
Who said fear and comedy can't mix? At first, both Dr. Mckellar and Sergeant Hayes accuse the resurrected (who have just dug themselves out of their own graves) of being in a cult or an all-night bar crawl. With the characters running around wrapped in towels for the majority of the pilot episode, you can see why 'zombies' isn't the first explanation that springs to mind. However, this disbelief quickly turns into acceptance, with the sergeant sat relaxed with his (erm...dead!) wife in the park about 40 minutes in — let's just say this show goes from 0-100 real quick. The nonchalance of the characters and witty dialogue disperse the eerie atmosphere the creepy content could have created. Don't let this deter you, though — it cleverly parodies other supernatural dramas out there, which adds to its appeal and what will have you coming back for more.
Will There Be A 'Glitch' Season 2?
With the success of binge-worthy shows such as Stranger Things and The Returned, the cast and crew have already begun shooting a second series which Netflix is co-producing. Six episodes were filmed for the award-winning first series, so we can only hope for more from the next instalment — hopefully it will be available for us to stream globally next year. If you need a duvet day to recover from the Halloween fun, switch over to Glitch — you won't be disappointed.
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