Glitch is an Australian sci-fi show about a small-town cop named James Hayes who is trying to figure out why six people have risen from the dead in the local cemetery. None of the dead remembers their previous identities, and all of them have come back in perfect health.
I’ve seen three of the six episodes of this show so far, and I absolutely love it. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here are five spoiler-free reasons why you should be watching Glitch as well:
It’s Brutally Honest About the Past
The people who came back from the dead didn’t all pass away in the same year or even in the same era. Some of them were gone for a long time before they suddenly came back, and the writers on the show never ignore that when they show these characters adjusting to life in 2016.
I can’t go into any further detail about this aspect of the plot without giving away spoilers about the episodes I’ve seen so far, but I can say that I absolutely loved how the huge cultural differences between the past and the present were handled when they came up.
The Dead Aren’t Scary
No, they’re not zombies, ghosts, or vampires. They’re human beings. Just like us, they eat, sleep, feel emotions, and breathe. The fact that they can’t remember who they are or why they died is a huge mystery, but it’s only part of who they are as individuals.
As I get to know their personalities better, I become even more eager to figure out why they were brought back and what will happen to them next.
The Living Are Empathetic and Kind
I have to admit that seeing nude people who were covered in dirt crawl out of their graves would freak me out.
This is one of the reasons why I was so impressed by how James and the other residents of the town responded to finding the dead wandering around in a graveyard in the middle of the night. They were quite understandably shocked and confused at first, but they also quickly began rescuing the dead and finding a safe place to take them.
After giving up on a few other science fiction shows partially due to how poorly their characters behaved in a crisis, I was pleased to find one that shows people helping each other in an uncertain situation.
People Make Sensible Choices in This Universe
Do they always make the right decision? No!
They do have common sense, though, and so far they have been pretty good at learning from their past mistakes when something goes wrong.
This is the sort of thing I love finding in a TV show. It’s completely possible to have a great deal of tension in an episode without relying on a character to ignore something that happened five minutes ago in order to get them to wander into the wrong area or trust someone that they know they should be wary around.
The Opening Credits Are Visually Stunning and Important to the Storyline
Let me be honest here. I usually don’t pay a lot of attention to the opening credits of the TV shows I watch. Most of them are simply replaying scenes from the show that I already know. They’re fun to watch a few times, but the repetition eventually makes me lose interest in them.
This isn’t the case for Glitch.
While the opening credits are deceptively simple at first, they do give away some important information to anyone who pays attention to what’s going on in them. Without giving away spoilers, they’re also incredibly beautiful.
So do pay attention to them if or when you watch this show!