Wanted Undead or Alive: A Look at the Aussie/Netflix Paranormal Drama “Glitch”

“Glitch” Season 1 Cast – Patrick “Paddy” Fitzgerald (Ned Dennehy), Kristen “Kirstie” Darrow (Hannah Monson), James Hayes (Patrick Brammall), Kate Willis (Emma Booth), Charlie Thompson (Sean Keenan), and John Doe (Rodger Corser)

Spooky Sunday… I’ve lost count…

I somehow always manage to gravitate towards the oddball picks on Netflix – a sixth sense I’m almost proud of. Just because they have an algorithm that suggests things I may like, doesn’t mean they usually hit the mark. In fact, I’m frequently surprised and disappointed at what they throw at me. Netflix, I thought you knew me.

Just when I’m about to give up, a proper gem is offered up in apology (because I need to believe that). One such find is the Aussie paranormal drama series Glitch, which first aired in 2015 and got picked up as a Netflix original (in cooperation with ABC — Australian Broadcasting Corporation) for a second season (which dropped on Netflix internationally this past November).

Glitch was created by Tony Ayres and Louise Fox (and directed by Emma Freeman – Seasons 1 and 2 and Tony Krawitz – Season 2) and centers on the sudden appearance of seven strangers who seem to have miraculously risen from the grave, and no, they’re not zombies. In fact, they’re in perfect health, with no sign of the physical trauma they suffered that took them from this mortal coil in the first place.

The Risen Season 1 – Paddy (Ned Dennehy), Kirstie (Hannah Monson), Maria (Daniela Farinacci), Kate (Emma Booth), Charlie (Sean Keenan), and John (Rodger Corser)

“I thought you were a zombie! But you talk!” – Beau (Glitch)
“What?! Of course, I bloody talk!” – Paddy (Glitch)


The Walking Living Dead…
Local police officer Sergeant James Hayes (Patrick Brammall) is called in to investigate the disturbance at the cemetery, only to find these strangers, naked, dirty and disoriented, with little-to-no recollection of who they are or where they are, let alone how they died.

The where is the town of Yoorana, Victoria, a sleepy little community where nothing exciting ever seems to happen, that is until The Risen (as some call them) arrive, each one a mystery in need of solving.

Dr. Elishia McKellar (Genevieve O’Reilly) in “Glitch”.

Glitch’s Risen includes, Yoorana’s first mayor from the 1800’s Patrick “Paddy” Fitzgerald (Ned Dennehy – Peaky Blinders, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), 1980’s teen Kirsten “Kirstie” Darrow (Hannah Monson), Charlie Thompson (Sean Keenan) a young WWI vet, Maria Massola (Daniela Farinacci) a religious housewife from the 1950’s, Carlo Nico (James Monarski) an Italian man from the 1940s, and John Doe (Rodger Corser), whose violent outbursts push everyone away except for Dr. Elishia McKellar (Genevieve O’Reilly – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: Rebels, Young Victoria), who seems to take a special interest in him. 

James sets out to learn more about The Risen, why they’re back, and what connects them, as Elisha attempts to uncover the science of their return. Providing it is science and not the supernatural at work, as Maria believes. Though repeated references to the mysterious Noregard Pharmaceuticals plant points to the “big bad” lying within its walls, somewhere in town, that question remains up in the air for all of Season 1.

A heartbroken Kate (Emma Booth) in “Glitch”.

If You Love Something, Set it Free. If it Comes Back, It May Be Your Un-Dead Wife…

Things take a turn for “the domestic” when James discovers his first wife Kate (Emma Booth – Once Upon a Time), who lost a battle with breast cancer just two short years before, among The Risen. James is stunned, elated and also torn, caught between a rock and a hard place when Kate discovers he is now married to her best friend Sarah (Emily Barclay) and Sarah is 8 months pregnant, while Kate had never been able to conceive children of her own. Double ouch!

There’s only one witness to The Risen crawling out of their graves, Beau Cooper (Aaron McGrath), a local teenager who, of course, manages to record this miracle on his smartphone, only to have it stolen by a group of rich bullies, who just happen to be descended from none other than Paddy Fitzerald. Paddy and Beau form an unlikely friendship, as the 19th-century man needs some help navigating the 21st.

Paddy (Ned Dennehy) helps himself to a pint, as Beau (Aaron McGrath) looks on awestruck.

The Risen soon learn they’re running out of time, as outside threats loom ever closer and they’re trapped by an invisible boundary surrounding Yoorana that will kill them if they cross it, essentially turning them to dust (not unlike vampires when exposed to the sun). Elishia and James hide the group from the authorities, including from his friend, fellow police officer Vic Eastley (Andrew McFarlane), who after learning about the living dead, gets into a car accident and, immediately thereafter, starts to hunt them. This danger links them all together, forging a powerful, protective bond among the reborn, but will that bond be enough to save them from death a second time?

Andy Says…
While it calls to mind The Returned, there’s something unique and charming about this Aussie entry into the dark dimension. With its understated style, rural settings, and at times, heartbreaking outlook, Glitch has an emotional hook that draws you in with a compelling story and characters brought to life by strong performances from actors who are relative unknowns stateside, but I suspect we’ll be seeing more from.

By the end of the first season, the audience (a mature audience, as there is strong language, violence, and nudity) is left with more questions than answers. Some mysteries are solved, while others take their place, with an unexpected twist and Season 1 cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more.

With only 6 episodes per season (too few, in my book), Glitch is the perfect Spooky Sunday binge watch. Both seasons are currently streaming on Netflix, with a third, hopefully, on the way.

Purple People Beater: Maddie Rae’s Guinness World Record Batch of Slime

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Pre-teen entrepreneur Maddie Rae at her Play Fair 2017 booth.

New Riders of the Purple Slime…
The Toy Association’s Second Annual Play Fair was not only a great family event but the scene of a Guinness World Record setting event.

On November 4, 2017, in what looked like an epic remake of the classic Lucille Ball grape stomping episode, 12 year old Maddie Rae and a throng of more than willing kids thrashed their way to global recognition. Knee deep in a giant pool of slippery ingredients the troop managed to mix up 13,820 pounds (6,268.64 kg) of Purple Sparkle Slime. The largest amount ever created.

Slip Sliding’ Away…
Covered toe to elbow in ooze the human blender took just under 2 hours to complete the gargantuan task. Fortunately the slime cleans off easily with vinegar. Weighted Solutions of Texas supplied the truck weights that allowed the massive vat to be accurately assayed. Officials from The Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to confirm the feat and induct Maddie into their rarified ranks.

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Proceeds from sales of the record breaking slime will benefit hurricane victims.

Bless This Mess…
Participants spent the latter part of the two day Play Fair transferring the mix to individual 32 oz containers, each labeled to note its provenance. You can own a piece of history, AND help those in need by purchasing one of the limited containers through Maddie’s Slime Glue Website. 100% of the proceeds from these sales will go the Hand-In-Hand Organization, chosen by Maddie for relief of recent hurricane victims.
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Maddie proudly accepts recognition of her record setting feat.

Home Brew…
The young entrepreneur has been marketing her own brand of ingredients to whip up the fun stuff at home in more reasonable amounts. She offers a range of recipes as well as the science behind the viscosity of liquids and polymer molecules at her website.

SkeletonPete Says…
I’m in. Magnetic Slime seems too much fun a project to pass up.

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