When I saw the synopsis for Netflix’s new French offering La Révolution, I noticed ‘horror’ as the genre’ and the word ‘disease’, so I assumed it was going to be French Revolution-era zombies, sort of Kingdom meets Les Mis. It’s sort of…not. The first two of the total four episodes were more muted than I thought it was going to be.
The premise is pretty damn promising – undead horror amid the backdrop of the social injustices during the French Revolution – but so far at two episodes in, very little has happened. There are some iffy mention of voodoo via a shackled African slave prisoner, and a couple of eviscerated dead bodies, but the rest is familial Machiavellianry and star-crossed romance, neither of which have any real stakes (again, at 2 episodes in), which feels like too much meandering set-up still going on at halfway through a series/season.
If you’re fine with 20% horror and 80% historical drama, this is the show for you. There is some lush photography and the whole thing has the veneer of a Big Epic. But it already feels packed with too many storylines. I’ll finish it since it’s only 4 episodes, but so far it doesn’t seem terribly distinctive.