Glitch

Last watched January 2017

Description:

People climb up from the grave. Not the recent dead, either. Some of them have been dead for hundreds of years. They aren’t zombies, they aren’t craving human flesh. They’re just… alive again.

Opinion:

I am really stoked to put the first Australian tv series on here! (Is it the first one? I can’t remember.)

I think Glitch is really interestingly teased out and well written. The plot line asks a lot of questions and leaves a lot of things unresolved by the first season but not enough to make it as bad as Lost, for instance. It offers up some really interesting moral quandaries about love, grief and second chances.

I would recommend watching.

As a note to any people of colour, especially aboriginal folk, there are depictions of really intense racism – while sometimes I feel like that might be okay (especially as a form of characterisation) – they are structurally not dealt with well in the show. Without giving too much away, there is a romanticised relationship between a white man in incredible power and an aboriginal servant. It is depicted as a star-crossed-lovers scenario with very little nuance or mindfulness about how troubling that power dynamic is.

Genre: drama, magic realism

Pros: woman director, older female characters, aboriginal characters played by aboriginal people
Cons: It’s pretty racist.

Would approach with caution if: you struggle with depictions of detention, alcoholism, murder, death of a loved one by cancer, car accidents

Can be found: Netflix, ABC
Accessibility: closed captions 🙂 🙂

If you liked this, I would suggest: The OA, Stranger Things, Sense8, Cleverman

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