REVIEW / SERIES REVIEW – After a very successful first season, the OVNI(s) series is back on Canal+ for a new GEIPAN adventure, still featuring Melvil Poupaud, Daphne Patakia, Michel Vuillermoz, and Quentin Dolmaire.
Hello Earth, here the Moon
One thing is certain, viewers who enjoyed the first season of UFO(s) will undoubtedly be conquered by this second season. The show always looks like a one-of-a-kind work, totally lunar and shifted from the French cinematographic landscape. Somewhere between the cinema of Quentin Dupieux and that of Steven Spielberg, UFO(s) East a brilliant comedy science fiction series, bittersweet, nostalgic, absurd, and often highly referenced.
If we quote Spielberg, it is because Clémence Dargent and Martin Douaire do not hesitate to pay tribute to him constantly, whether in the articulation of the episodes or in certain visual elements that recall the cinema of the American filmmaker. One can for example cite this passage where all the household appliances light up as if by magic, in the middle of the night, near a lake. A sequence that is totally in line with the Spielbergian legacy of 1980s SF.
UFO(s): a more touching season 2
UFO(s), it’s a little Stranger Things French-style. Whether in tone, in the investigations addressed, in the fantastic elements, or even in the soundtrack, the series of the Duffer brothers appears as an inspiration for Clémence Dargent and Martin Donaire. Corn this second season takes off more than the previous one. Clémence Dargent, Martin Douaire, and Maxime Berthemy (who are added to the writing) decide to take their story towards more marked, more developed, and above all more visual science fiction elements.
The plot accelerates and unravels much more in this season 2 which chooses to pass the second. UFO(s) explodes its sci-fi elements confirms the existence of extraterrestrials (a priori), other worlds, and takes viewers to the basics of the subject.
The characters are also more treated and explored. Vera, embodied by the lunar Daphne Patakia, takes on more importance in this second season. The almost secondary character of the first becomes the central element of this suite. An indispensable tool of the plot, she gains in emotion, in strength, and certainly becomes the best character of the series.
Marcel, camped by the talented Michel Vuillermoz also takes another route, letting go of his unwavering skepticism of the first season for getting caught up in the UFO game. Finally, Didier (Melvil Poupaud) is always true to himself, seeing his narration go towards much more marked sci-fi spheres as the final scene of this season 2 suggests.
An undeniable success
UFO(s) is therefore an effective show, which offers impactful turnarounds and above all extremely precise handwriting. It’s funny, touching, phantasmagorical, and above all very addictive. Because the scriptwriters perfectly manage to play between reality and fantasy, between conspiracy theories and science fiction, between clichés and novelties. The now trio plays with the knowledge of the spectator, with the clichés of the genre, to take them to other horizons.
It all takes an innovative and life-saving twist. Between its historical affiliation and its intriguing fictional approach, the show touches on everything: comedy, drama, biopic, science fiction.
UFO(s) by Clémence Dargent and Martin Douaire, season 2 on MyCanal from the February 21, 2022. Above the trailer. Find all our trailers here.