I was actually a little surprised to see this show get a second season when really good shows got the axe last year. But, I would have to say this is a mildly interesting concept for a tv show. Of course, I immediately figured this was written by a lapsed Jehovah’s Witness, since they believe that the bible passage, “the first will be last and the last will be first” (Matthew 20:16; 19:30; Mark 10:31; Luke 13:30), refers to the resurrection of the dead at the end of the world. They say that it makes sense because the last to die should be the first to rise, since they would have living descendants who could take them in and explain things to them. This, they claim, will continue on until all have been brought back, each successive generation having living anchors. If the first to die were the first to be brought back, it would be, they say, total chaos.
Anyway, after a little digging, I discovered that this was not based off of the JW teaching, but on the book The Returned by Jason Mott and he’s no JW. He’s just a fiction writer who had a dream one day about his mother coming back from the dead. So, this means, this story could really go anywhere, and you can really see them in this season, stretching the plot in fanciful direction to keep people interested.
I thought it ridiculous that Agent Bellamy is not one of the returned. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. If I didn’t have a crush on the doctor (Devin Kelley), I probably wouldn’t watch it.